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Dabble in poetry
Music was the key

It turns out I had already completed this goal and had just forgotten about it. I’ve written lyrics to several songs this last year off my own bat. Yay



read every book I own (read all 2 entries…)
Still left standing

I have found, looking at the pile of books I am forcing myself to read, I was much more willing to give books away or get rid of them entirely.

What books I have left to read:
My Demonic Ghost – Jacinta Maree
Light Fantastic – Terry Pratchett
Sourcery – Terry Pratchett
Mort – Terry Pratchett
Eleven on top – Janet Evanovich
Twelve Sharp – Janet Evanovich
Well of Lost plots – Jasper Fforde
Quiet – Susan Cain
The Stone Key – Isobelle Carmody
The Sending – Isobelle Carmody
The Princess Bride –
Wolfblade – Jennifer Fallon
Grimm Brother’s Faery Tales
The Gunslinger – Stephen King
Schultz – J.P.Donleavy
The Bible



read every book I own (read all 2 entries…)
List of books to read

From what I can see on my bookcase:
Dracula – Bram Stoker
My Demonic Ghost – Jacinta Maree
Light Fantastic – Terry Pratchett
Sourcery – Terry Pratchett
Mort – Terry Pratchett
Hard Eight – Janet Evanovich
Eleven on top – Janet Evanovich
Twelve Sharp – Janet Evanovich
Fire – Kristen Cashore
Well of Lost plots – Jasper Fforde
Ash – Malinda Lo
Darkness be my friend – John Marsden
The sound of one hand clapping – Richard Flanagan
Quiet – Susan Cain
The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
The Lord of the Rings – Tolkien
The Stone Key – Isobelle Carmody
The Sending – Isobelle Carmody
Generals Die in Bed –
Eats, Shoots and Leaves –
The Princess Bride –
Game of Thrones – George R R Martin
Wolfblade – Jennifer Fallon
Grimm Brother’s Faery Tales
The Gunslinger – Stephen King
Alice in wonderland – Lewis Carroll
Alice though the Looking Glass – Lewis Carroll
Schultz – J.P.Donleavy
The Bible



Study writing and novels (read all 4 entries…)
The purpose

The purpose of this goal was to inform my writing. I think I previously had steps which I could follow like a recipe and achieve a better writing style. I have found that in actual fact practice is everything and I am getting better at writing because I am thinking about and practicing writing. I haven’t done all the things I set out to do for this goal but I have found out more about my own writing and reading habits which is essentially what i wanted.



Have rock solid abs (read all 2 entries…)
Alphabet

I shall do the alphabet every day for a month (or equivalent no of days)
Day 1 – Saturday, 12 of May



Have rock solid abs (read all 2 entries…)
Alphabet

I shall do the alphabet every day for a month (or equivalent no of days)
Day 1 – Saturday, 12 of May



Become more involoved with the lives of other people (read all 2 entries…)
Leading to success

I am currently in the process of finding a church. I believe that this along with my pub plan and seeing my friends more often will be the involvement that I have been seeking.



stop procrastinating
Ideas and such

I read in a book the other day (at a Savers of all places) that some people including myself often start the day by doing the thing they most like and then going on to do more boring things after. The advice was to swap these things around. I have been hearing this from my mother for years but no body wants to admit their mother is right. Of course as it is Mothers Day I am obligated to. My mother told me this first. So I am attempting to put this advice in to practice by doing all of my tedious study first and then going on to more fun aspects later. Day 1 – did more of the tedious stuff then I mandated that I had to. Therefore (so far) success!



write a novel (read all 2 entries…)
Not much happening

I’m trying to regiment myself however everything I have written when doing this has been aweful. I need a new strategy



move out of home (read all 2 entries…)
Workin' for a living

I start my first shift tomorrow so I should have a good idea soon of how many hours I’ll be working, Yay!



Study writing and novels (read all 4 entries…)
Step 2

I’ve read one of the books ‘Bird by Bird’ – Anna Lamott and am a few chapters into the next book ‘Reading like a Writer’ – Francine Prose. Of the two I think I prefer ‘Bird by Bird’. It is more friendly and I connected more with the author. For one thing ‘Reading like a Writer’ has sections from literary works which I have to work my way through, at the end the author always writes something to the effect of, wasn’t that just so easy to get through. It reminds me a lot of 1950’s housewives secretly judging each other but being really nice and friendly about it. In any case both books have been good at getting me to think about how to look at literature and have shown me that I need to go back to basics in learning grammar. I think I may have missed that lesson.



get outside more
The Pub

One way I think I shall do this is to study at a pub or cafe. It’s got tables at an appropriate hieght and there isn’t the wind facter which makes the park useless.



get my review pubished
Rejection

It’s hard to take but there you go. I heard back from the editors about my review, it’s not getting published. However they sent me all the comments I made about the piece so I shall try again and use this to learn more about good writing.



make a dress
Almost finished

I’ve been working on a yellow summer dress for quite some time now and it’s so close to being finished. All I need to do is:
1. attach the skirt
2. hem
3. attach the straps
4. sew in the zipper

So close and yet so far



Study writing and novels (read all 4 entries…)
Step 1

So I have two books that tell me more about writing and how to read like a writer, feeling pretty good about it all.



move out of home (read all 2 entries…)
The maths

I have done the maths and it turns out that I can move out of home if I work more then 18 hours. I start my new job this week so I will know soon how much they want me to work. Life is exciting!



Be able to do everything Sydney Bristow does
Defining

To start being able to do all that Sydney Bristow does, I must first find out all that she can do. My quest starts off in my comfort zone, watching TV. Research is important so I go wholeheartedly into this even knowing the dangers for procrastination. I accept them.



write a novel (read all 2 entries…)
Started

I have actually already started writing my novel. The working title is “The Huntress” which is incredible unimaginitve as the main character is in fact a Huntress. Also I keep her name shrouded in mystery because that’s important to the story, so everyone just calls her Huntress. I don’t like naming characters, I also tend to forget who’s who, so I’ve taken to just calling everyone by their title. I figure I can put in names later. So far I know the basic plot and have started to write some of the scenes. It takes a long time to write even one scene though. I’m not even trying for good writing yet. But I try and do 10 minutes every day because then at least I’m slowly getting the first draft done.



Study writing and novels (read all 4 entries…)
Untitled

This goal could be very open ended so I’m going to have to put limits on it. The first step I think is to get an academic book which explains about the different styles and genres of writing. I think I will ask my friend Sarah which book she would recommend as she is currently completing an English major in her degree. Once I have got the general areas I can look into I will focus my attention on the areas I am most interested in, particuarly those I want to write in. Then I’ll look at famous, infamous and other types of books in these genres and styles. As I will be anaylising these books I will read them several times over. First to see how a casual viewer would view the work. Then more indepth to determine how the author achieves the style or what devices they use to communicate themselves. I’ll focuses particuarly on the descriptions of things and people as This is an area I need to improve in.



Become more involoved with the lives of other people (read all 2 entries…)
Untitled

I always think that modern life is so isolating and it can be. There are very few towns and certainly no cities anymore where everyone knows each other, not even if they live on the same street. Essentially geography no longer acts as a binding force for people. People travel greater distances every year because living in one place and working in another is much easier then it used to be. Yet that is a false economy as commuting, especially in peak traffic, is not easier but rather a pain. So I’m going to go and hit the streets. I’m shy so I’ll start with just being among people. I think pubs are the place to start. They are relatively quiet and being alone with a cider is socially acceptable. I’ll work my way up to interacting with people.



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