So, it’s been a rather long time since I last posted. Not the longest time ever but still longer than I’d really wish to admit. It’s been Christmas though, so I think that is a decent enough excuse for my lack of posting. Anyway, I’m sure everyone has done a new years post by now, so I am late to jump on the bandwagon, but oh well.
This isn’t so much a post of New Year’s Resolutions, it’s more an info post about what I would like this blog to become over the next year, maybe with a few things I’ve got planned hobby wise thrown in which could count as resolutions. First and foremost is watercolour painting. It’s been one of those peripheral hobbies for me which I’ve never really managed to get into properly. I am decent at sketching landscapes though, and surely that’s half the battle? Well, maybe a quarter, but it’s a start. I suppose that’s my first port of call. My wonderful girlfriend Aimee got me a watercolour tutorials book for my recent 21st birthday and I would really like to try and work my way through some of the techniques shown in that, and maybe eventually I’ll get a full painting done. But before I get too far ahead of myself I plan to get to grips with landscape drawing. I’ve been drawing manga characters off and on for a while now; I’m not the best at it but nor am I the worst. Anyway hopefully that’s given me enough skill with a pencil to get me into the sketching part. After that I’ll try some basic skies, moving on to trees, hills, water and buildings. It may take a while before I’m up to any kind of standard, but I’ll post about it here either way!
Next up is my writing. I’d like to ideally do more of it. Both in terms of blogging and writing. Of course I have my university writing project to do, but not a lot else in terms of uni writing this semster, so really I have no excuse. Oh, and I’ll be doing a ghost story module, so HOPEFULLY I can get some of the ideas which have been itching away at the back of my head for ages on paper, or on screen whichever the case may be. Other than those, my university has a magazine publication which I’d like to enter into, but I have no ideas right now. I’ll be looking for other magazines though, and trying to squeeze in some writing prompts to keep it fresh. It’ll be lovely being able to write what I want to for a change!
Poetry is another thing I’d rather not let go of now the course writing has largely stopped. I’ve had a few ideas and I’m gathering together a portfolio of poems. I’m unsure whether or not they’ll wind up on here. If they do, they’ll be shadily removed one dark evening if I ever send them off to an agent. In particular, I did an experiment with minimalist poems about winter last year. So when spring comes about, I’ll do six about that, Little dashes of poems, no more than 50 words each and each encapsulating a small event or moment, all through the year. Seasonings, I’ll call them.
Also, No Name Place. Assignments killed my momentum somewhat, but I’m determined to get back into it. Even if it’s just a small amount of words per day, I’d still like to keep the NaNo mentality throughout January and the rest of the months it takes for the first draft to be finished.
My writing project for university, a 6000 word assessed piece with a 2000 word critical commentary is Hand of Fire, a story about a boy whose emotions cause flames to break out on and around him. When he’s experiencing extremely positive or extremely negative emotions he feels physical, pyrolytic effects of it. It’s heavily influenced by The Time Traveler’s Wife, which I review on my other blog last year.
On the reading front, I’m getting through Sebastian Faulks’ Birdsong at the moment, and I’ll review it and the other books I read this year as and when I finish them. Same as last yeah, and of course those will be over on Alexicon Reviews. -points at blogroll-
Finally, I have bought myself a cross stitch. It’s not very big, only about two square inches, it’s of a bright blue seahorse, but seeing my girlfriend do them all the time got me the itch to try one again. One which I got to chose myself. I’ll not the progress of that as it comes as well!
I’m considering getting a cheapish digital camera as well, so I can pictorially depict my efforts as well as write about them. Well, I have some birthday money left over at least!
Anyway, I’ll sign off here, I think I’d give enough of an insight into my plans for the year. Hopefully some of them will be able to be carried out.