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New Year’s is often a time of new beginnings. People often make resolutions to help themselves achieve their goals. Are there any new beginnings that you are looking forward to in 2013? Are you planning on making any New Year’s Resolutions? If so, what are they?
In relation to books and media: Are there any books or movies you like where the characters get a chance at a new beginning? Or beginning scenes of books or movies that are particularly noteworthy?
For me, the biggest new beginning that I’m looking forward to this year is moving from Blogger to WordPress. This is a decision that has long been in the process (been thinking about it since about February time), but eventually I took the bullet and am launching the new site (today!). It’s been a fairly stressful transition but probably because I tried too much when I didn’t know enough. I’m slowly easing into it though and while it may be a shock to the system for the while, I feel that once I’m there, it’ll all be worth it.
As for New Year’s Resolutions, I have a few this year. Normally I always go with the generic; “lose weight”, and every new years eve I feel horrid because I’ve gained rather than lost anything, so this year I’m changing it slightly to simply try to be healthier and more active. If I happen to lose weight in the process, so be it, if not, at least I’ll know that I’ve tried.
I am also aiming to finally finish a fully-edited novel and to take my little manuscript around to agents and/or publishers just to see if I really have what it takes to put my entire life on the line. And because it is something I have said I would do for years and just have never gotten around to doing. I want to make 2013 be the year I get things moving.
In line with this, I have challenged myself to writing somethingevery single day. Whether that be a blog post or some fiction, or something else entirely – I want to make sure that I never stop writing because I used to write every day and then stopped because of university and I have to say that I still severely miss it!
My blogging goals include;
Write at least two reviews a week. Not necessarily publishing them both – though it would be good, but just making sure they’re written.
Read more review books before requesting others. I have been overloaded with review books recently and I need to sit back and read them all before getting more.
Read 120 books in a year. I managed 110 this past year and I was amazed at myself but this year I really want to try and push myself to read even more!
Schedule posts further in advance. I’ve gotten to the point where I’m scheduling posts the night before and it’s making them become rushed posts or writing while I’m unmotivated and tired and I’m starting to think it’s becoming noticeable so I want to stop this by scheduling most sooner.
What are some of the things you’re looking forward to starting this year? What are some of your resolutions?
In relation to books, some that I have read in 2012 that have notorious beginnings that have stuck with me include;
The History Keepers; The Storm Begins; Literally pulled straight into the action.
Saving June by Hannah Harrington; Harper’s life was changed before the book began, this is her reflecting on it. Amazing scene.
One Hundred Names by Cecelia Ahern; The book has barely even started before your heart beats faster and you already want to shed tears.
There is only one film worthy of the space here for a brilliant beginning and that is none other than…
Up (2009); this film had me close to full on tears within ten minutes. And then I was laughing the very next minute. An absolutely stunning film!
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