Every time the New Year comes round I join with millions of people in making resolutions, ones that I never stick to for long. Previously I’ve promised myself I’ll get fit, eat more healthily, drink less and for a time I’ve been successful. By mid-January the occasional lapse will have crept in and eventually I’ll just decide what is the point? This year I’m setting myself minimal resolutions but ones that I can hopefully stick to with ease.
Writing is the only thing I never waver from and it seems sensible I focus my New Year resolutions there. First up is this blog. I started blogging in May 2010 and had only a small amount of views in the early stages, which is to be expected. When I started posting at least one blog a day I did see a sudden change in the numbers and over the months the response has been overwhelming. In the early days I’d be delighted to get 10 views a day but now I’m hitting 100+ consistently and hope to continue with this gradual increase. I write simply about what interests me on my blog but it’s been wonderful to get some terrific feedback from many generous people and to find others who have similar interests to me. I’ll try to keep the content as accessible as possible though I know what I post won’t always appeal to everyone.
My New Year resolution for this blog is to continue posting at least one new feature every day and to try and have a steady increase of views each month, though that’s down to you fine people, of course. I’ve managed 10,000+ views since the end of May but this time next year I hope to have enjoyed many more. Every visit I get I’m extremely grateful for so offer my thanks to those of you who are reading this now. I hope you continue to visit and enjoy the blogs I post. Thank you all so much.
My only other resolution concerns my novel. I’ve been editing Fezariu’s Epiphany for many months now and I’m currently doing the final changes, with the patient Mrs B providing some very useful feedback. My hope for 2011 is that Fezariu will help me reach out to many readers. I’ve written four novels in the past but none of them have come close to the belief I have in this one. I think it’s a good story. The only concern is whether my words have done justice to the tale that wouldn’t leave me in peace until I began putting it on paper. Once edited in full the novel’s success is out of my hands but I won’t sit at home brooding. As soon as Fezariu is the hands of readers I shall start a new novel, A World Apart, which has been taking shape in my mind for many months and Mrs B believes it will be even better than Fezariu. I may share her optimism when I start writing it but in the meantime I’m focussed on getting Fezariu off the ground.
This isn’t straightforward for me. The fourth novel I wrote, The Voice of Elenchera, was the second best I’d written at that time but I spent so long editing it that I never believed it to be worth sending to agents/publishers and so it was left to gather dust. Lucky for me, the story hasn’t left me but it will need a serious reworking now, something I intend to do some day. After losing my nerve in submitting it I turned to writing the world history of Elenchera, a vast project I devoted 3 years to and even today it’s an ongoing work, but is complete enough now to allow me to focus on novels once more. Those 3 years were not wasted for me. They gave me belief in Elenchera once again, that this could be an enduring idea, and from that new found faith Fezariu’s Epiphany was born. Perhaps at the start of 2012 I can post a blog celebrating success of sorts for Fezariu but if not I won’t let it sway me from my hope of one day being a full-time author.
All that’s left for me to say is a very Happy New Year to each and every one of you. I hope whatever resolutions you make that you stand by them and that they make you happy. Good luck to you all!