New Year’s Resolution

Firstly, apologies for my absence – you would think that moving hemispheres would mean I would have a lot to say. Well, I have no excuses, so let’s brush over that.

I’ve reprinted the following image from a four-year-old blog post. Four years to the day, to be precise.

Four years (to the day – did I mention that?) seems a good time to drag these back out into the light. These resolutions still seem relevant, although priorities have changed a little. I could probably drop the ‘read more’ bit. Since my working day now involves two hours on the train, I have read (or re-read) the following books in the last couple of months:

  • The Nightmare Thief – Meg Gardiner
  • The Fry Chronicles – Stephen Fry
  • Duma Key – Stephen King
  • Gerald’s Game – Stephen King
  • Blockade Billy – Stephen King
  • Tell No One – Harlan Coben
  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? – Phillip K Dick
  • The King of Lies – John Hart

So I’m getting the reading in (though you can never read too much).  I’m also getting out on the bike – that’s the beauty of (now) living by the coast, with a mountain range behind.

I’m also (still) cutting the junk (food). Well doing my best – and the financial savings will be in New Zealand Dollars, and not pounds sterling.

The real one, the resolution that I have struggled with for a while now is the top one. And it stays as the top one: Write more. Even my tardiness with this blog demonstrates I’ve been neglectful in that department. But here we are. First blog post of the year. And Twitter must be wondering what’s hit it (OK, maybe not. I just don’t see the point of tweeting every mundane detail).

There is also this: The Crime Writers’ Association – Debut Dagger. I’ve had an idea for a crime novel for a little while now, and even have the first page written. So this is going to kick-start my 2012. I need to get up to 3,000 words down (not too difficult), self-edit them to a publishable standard (difficult) and then come up with a 500-1,000 word synopsis, that will ‘sell’ the book (probably the most difficult part). And I have until the 21st January to do it.

That’s my challenge. I’ll keep you updated, and may even reproduce an excerpt here (once it’s good enough). Wish me luck…

About djpaterson

Reader, Writer, Arithmeticer. Not always in that order.
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7 Responses to New Year’s Resolution

  1. Wonderful! SO SO glad you’re getting back into writing and entering competitions. I look forward to reading it. Let me know if you’d like a proof read or any reading done (: I am (an utterly horrendous excuse of) a Literature Student after-all (:

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  3. Writing Jobs says:

    Great post. I enjoyed reading your blog today.

    If you love to write we would love for you to join us!

    Writer Jobs

  4. Alastair says:

    Welcome back and a belated Happy New Year to you and the family.

  5. djpaterson says:

    Thanks, all. It’s good to be back.

  6. djpaterson says:

    And here’s an update:

    A couple of thousand (pretty well edited) words on paper and a title I’m really pleased with, so far. And I’ve started the synopsis = on target. 😎

  7. djpaterson says:

    Entry complete! Well, apart the one final edit I’ll give it. Also synopsis pretty well worked out, including all the plot twists. On target for Saturday.

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