Goodbye 2017

Another year has come and gone. 2018 is here and it’s time for looking back and also looking forward. A lot has changed this year. I live in my own house, which is slowly sinking in. This time last year seems more than a year ago. It’s hard to believe it was only twelve months ago that I was desperately awaiting Resident Evil 7’s arrival. It seems like this year has gone quickly, but those first couple of months seem more than just a year away.

Every year I set myself aims for the next year, and every year I fail on most of these. Doesn’t stop me from doing it all over again though. Like every year, the main aim of 2018 is to write more and read more. I didn’t fail at this completely last year, I was writing more consistently. Finished A novel, wrote half of another. There is still room for improvement though. Reading, again a mixed bag. There weren’t as many long stretches where I wasn’t reading as the year before. But I didn’t finish as many books as I would have liked. Hopefully that will change this year.

I want to get my work out there more. I have a decent amount of stories which still haven’t been seen and I want to make sure there is a consistent output. Also hopefully share my stories to more people. Maybe start uploading on different sites, or make more of an effort to publicise this site. I don’t know. It’s something I’m thinking about, but not coming up with much.

I also want to write more on here. I have a couple of ideas for posts that aren’t just updates and chapter uploads. Also maybe a few more book reviews than in the past as it’s more relevant to my passion. I think it’s important just to get as much stuff out there as possible.

Outside of writing, I have a few more aims this year. I want to get on top of my backlog of games, books and films that have piled up over the years. I’ve already started on this, but want to continue and hopefully get back to a point where I can buy new books without feeling guilty about the ones I haven’t read.

Limit the amount of time on social media. Again I’ve already started this. I deleted Facebook from my phone. I barely use twitter. I want to just use them to promote work and also speak to friends who I wouldn’t have another way of contacting. I think mostly it’s a time waster that doesn’t really achieve anything.

Another aim that I want to work towards is watching more classic films/read more classic books. Again this is something I do every year. This year I watched a lot of early films, Nosferatu and Citizen Kane. I read some of Franz Kafka.

We will see how many of these get forgotten about, probably more than I want to admit.

Thanks for reading,





About ashleymanningwriter

Young Adult Fiction writer. Horror and fantasy blended together.
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