A year of achievement, progression and the boredom of a year 3 uni course. I achieved more in 2013 than I thought I could have. Published my first book, wrote the short story Jimmy and uploaded it here, to good feedback, and wrote 22500 words of a 24000 word story. So that’s near enough done as well, should be finished tonight. I will be revealing more information about what the story is in a couple of weeks, but I don’t want to jinx it just yet. 

I feel more confident as a writer now than I did a year ago. But uni did get in the way with that. I spent two months not writing and wanting to give up because of just how pointless uni seemed. It was a good thing that I had a project to do over the Christmas break because that really got me back on course. My first resolution for the next  year is to not let uni get in the way with my life. There is only a few months left of it now and before I know it, that’ll be over. I’ve met some great people there, but I’m glad it’s almost over. 

For 2014 I want to produce more. I want to finish The Fragmented Sequence and get some of my other ideas down on paper. That’s resolution 2. The third is to get closer to writing 2000 words a day. 1000 when at uni, or later hopefully work, 2000 on days of. 0 on special occasions like the many nights out I enjoy. Yeah, because I will be going out more this year. 

Number 4. Be honest whenever I can about anything I can. Stop watching films because they are considered good rather than actually wanting too. Stop playing games just so I can say I have. If I’m not enjoying something turn it off, shut the book, or just throw it away. 

When I started this blog I wanted to upload one short story a month. I have not done that. Number 5 is to change that. 1 story every month, no exception. I also want to keep to the once  a week at least posting on here. Every Tuesday. 

I would also like to share this brilliant poem.



Before I leave for another week here is what I’ve been upto.

I had a pretty good Christmas. Fun times, board games, films, family and some good presents. I watched The Lone Ranger. It’s really fun and I recommend it to everyone.  Sightseers on the other hand. Watch only if you want to waste your evening. It’s stupid, not funny, inconsistent characters, stupid plot, and the list goes on. I did not want to watch it, but did. That film alone (but others helped. Mama, Side Effects, Boo) make me want to only watch films I think I will enjoy. Hence the resolution. Just fed up of watching crap that I didn’t want to watch in the first place. 

Matt Smith has left Doctor Who. I can’t quite believe it. While it took a while for him to really get into the role, in my opinion, I can’t imagine it without him. I don’t like the look of Capaldi. I seem to be the only one with this opinion but I’m really not looking forward to it. I will watch the first few episodes, though, to be sure. 

Oh and just so you know, I spent the last couple of days writing a post on my laptop, without shutting it down or saving it. (Should stop relying on sleep mode) then my laptop crashed. I had over 3000 words written about last year and the new year. It would have probably been a boring ramble, but that’s why this post may seem a bit all over the place. Sorry for that. 

Anyway, Happy new year! I hope you all have a good one! 

Thanks for reading, 


About ashleymanningwriter

Young Adult Fiction writer. Horror and fantasy blended together.
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