The End and a Beginning

Ooooh. Fancy, foreboding title for something not fancy or particularly foreboding!

Happy New Year!

I thought I’d do the cliché “what happened in the past year and what I plan to do in the coming year” because, let’s face it, there’s a reason it’s always done. It’s fun.

So let’s blow this popsicle stand!

Notable Events That Happened in 2015 (in no particular order)

  1. I had a really good idea for April Fool’s Day and then Mom totally shut me down because “pranking my family is mean.” Psssshhh.
  2. My birthday happened. That’s always a notable event, because I am the amazing blogger you are reading right now. Just look how these words flow from my fingers to the screen. Typey, typey, finger, finger. See how literate I am? My birthday is definitely notable.
  3. I started at a new school.
  4. I realized the joy of juiceboxes, despite how they may lie to me.
  5. I began riding public transit, and discovered how many adventures can await you in even the simplest of forms.
  6. I finished the longest story I’d ever written. It was thirty-two pages. The story was basically plotless and it sucked, but it was a milestone.
  7. I began writing my book. 
  8. I finished a really good seriesThe Finishing School Series, if you want to check it out.
  9. I resolved what I wanted to do in life–write good books and act.
  10. Last but not least, I started this blog in July of 2015. This blog has been a lot of things for me. It’s been a way to get my writing out there, it’s been a way to keep in touch with some friends and family I don’t see very much, and it’s been extremely therapeutic. Something about just being able to write exactly what’s on your mind without having to worry too much about the quality of work (well, of course you at least try to write something adequate and cohesive) is very freeing. This blog has also made me a better writer. Writing all the time has made me better–practice makes perfect, you know. So thank you for reading what I write.

What I Want To Do in 2016

  1. Stay in touch with my friends and family more. Sure, this blog reaches out to some of them, but there’s a difference between a person reading something I wrote and commenting on it and actually TALKING to someone.
  2. Finish my book. I just want to finish writing my book and get it all edited until I like it. I think a year’s enough time, don’t you?
  3. Find an agent who will at least look at my book. Getting the thing published is a dream that I am well aware may not come true, but I at least want to find someone who will read it, maybe give me a few pointers, and THEN reject me.
  4. Start writing something new. Perhaps it will be the book version of “Epidemic,” or maybe it will be one of the other hundreds of ideas I have for a book, but I want to finish the first one and start a new one. Because if this blog has taught me anything, it’s that if you want to get better, you just have to keep doing it.
  5. Become comfortable in my own body. I, like most, don’t like my body. I want to lose some weight and start eating healthier. Excercise some more. I know it’s a really stereotypical thing to say for the New Year, but hey … There’s a reason it’s a stereotype.

That about covers it! I hope you all have a very happy New Year, and good luck with your resolutions, if you have any. Let’s celebrate the end of a good year and the beginning of an even better one! 🙂

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