Twenty Percent More Awesome

2012 has been an odd one. My original resolution was to write a little less, then improve my work and social lives. Instead, I have managed to do the exact opposite, having written far more than I have in previous years, having actually got potential comic projects off the ground, but at the cost of finding a better job and watching my own social life disintegrate before my eyes. I’m in a job with good people, but it’s the opposite to the kind of work I want to do and doesn’t pay enough to live and travel there any more. The relatively small social group I have are moving apart, getting on with their lives while I continue to write alone in my attic, or a coffee shop, living the writer’s dream. Kind of. I have written a novel this year, hopefully my best yet, and the writers I met in NaNoWriMo are shaping up to be a fantastic group of people to hang out with.
2013 will be different.
I was at an old friend’s party where I knew very few people, and one of those I did went on a drunken rant about the exact same thing. She was feeling isolated from her old friendship groups and like she had not achieved anything. I decided at that point that 2013 will be better. I have declared it to be so. The good thing about the human mind is that we can affect our moods, change our perspectives and through willpower make things better or worse for ourselves. Since reaching this decision about 2013, I have been telling people about my plan. I don’t know how I’ll measure it, but if the year will be at least 20% more awesome, then it will be a pretty damn fine year ahead.
I will lose weight.
I will be more sociable, hopefully arranging some kind of event, no matter how small, each month.
I will find a better job.
I will have my comic and webcomic published.
I will start dating again.
I will be more than the attic-dwelling hermit that 2012’s version of me was.
I might get a top hat.

Already, I have a novella half-written, a first draft I’ll be editing of Play Dead, a comic to make with Simeon Aston, a webcomic with Mike Armstrong which should be out in the first quarter of next year. I have a party planned for January, and a brand new PC which will actually work, unlike my last one. It’s all lined up and I’m ready to take the shot.

2013, I’ll meet you soon enough, then I’ll crush you, drive you to your knees and hear the lamentation of your women.

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