Yes, I’m calling them challenges this year, rather than the usual resolutions, or goals of the past. It feels like taking a more realistic attitude to call them challenges. It takes away that underlying idea that you absolutely have to do them, or else, that you’re a failure if you don’t achieve them. So, let’s get into it.
In December, once again, I started learning another language. This time, I went for something completely different, rather than going with another romance language. You’re probably thinking Russian, or Mandarin. Nope. It’s much closer to home than that. I started learning Welsh. Why? Well, Wales is, as the crow flies, pretty close to where I live and it’s a less well-known language.
You know what else it is? It’s a complete-screw-with-your-brain kind of a language, because, apart from the more usual language-y things, some of the vowels are completely back to front to how we use them in English. Now, I’m getting used to that, but the strange thing is, that my fingers, when I’m typing, are not. I know that teledu is spelled with a ‘u’ at the end, but my fingers want to type an ‘i’. What’s with that? How can I know what I want to type and my fingers don’t cooperate?
Anyhow, my language challenge for this year is to get all the way through the Duolingo course. It’s going to be a lot slower than Italian, methinks. The good thing is, the BBC has a whole Welsh channel and I’ve been watching some of the kids’ programmes already. Yes, I can only recognise the odd word, so far, but it’ll get better.
At the time of writing this (on New Year’s Day), my author tech channel is standing at 257 subscribers, which is approximately a quarter of what I need for monetisation, and my watchtime is about one-twelfth of what I need. I’d really like to reach the monetisation target before the end of the year, so that it feels like I’m not doing all that work for no reward, other than the satisfaction of teaching what I know.
I do have an idea for another channel, which I’m not going to discuss the subject of here, but I will say that it’s nothing to do with writing and possibly has a wider audience. I’ll be testing the waters on that before the end of January, but I won’t be spending a lot of time on it at the start.
I have several small-ish things I want to achieve here.
First, to get out the book of my NaNoWriMo stories. I think that’ll take a few weeks, but should certainly be out before the end of February.
Second, is to get the flash-fiction writing book for adults out. I’m going to tentatively give that the same timeline, but this one might slip a little.
Third, I have a very sketchy idea for some more children’s stories, which I’ve started playing with. I think it will be a collection of short stories, rather than longer, individual ones, but as I’m a discovery writer, that may turn out not to be true. I’m not going to set any firm date on this, but it would be good to have it finished before the next Christmas season.
And Everything Else
Yes, I will try to eat more healthily – I hope to grow more of my own food than last year, but I’m still taking baby steps on that front and experimenting.
I will also try to do a little more exercise than last year. It isn’t that I stopped exercising this year, but that I didn’t make the effort to do those little extras.
And that’s about it. I think that’s enough. Better get on with it, I suppose.