Once again having a blog means I can keep track of these things, last year I wrote on the subject of writing
New Year Resolution 2009: Boy Lacer starts nursery (so five mornings or five afternoons) in September, so that will give me a lot more time, until then I need to stop searching fruitlessly for big chunks of time and concentrate on the smaller gaps. The other writing resolutions is to start carrying round a writers notebook for ideas and to get that first draft done!
I never did really find those smaller gaps, although as predicted it did get a lot better when Boy Lacer started nursery and I did manage to get a first draft done. I never did start to carry round an actual writer’s notebook but since changing to an iPhone in the summer, I’ve been really happy with the note taking abilities on that, so have been storing ideas on that.
Another writing promise I made to myself in 2009 was to submit two pieces of work, I only actually submitted one, back in the spring and as it was to a publishing house that doesn’t believe in sending out even form rejection slips, I think the length of stony silence is definitely an indicator that I didn’t succeed with that one. The piece I submitted was very very tailored to that particular publishers and will need quite a bit of rework before being submitted again but it will happen, it’s just the length of time I had to wait before the time they specified was up (about six months after submission), other story ideas pushed in and that particular piece lost it’s place in the queue. I am fairly fond of that story though and it will get reworked at some point.
So, my writing New Year’s resolutions 2010 – continuing to aim to submit two separate pieces of work a year, ideally one large piece (a novel) and one smaller piece (a picture book, non fiction or even just a magazine article). I’m currently editing that first draft and I am confident I will be submitting it in 2010.
The big thing about my writing in 2010 will be time or lack of it, Boy Lacer starts school full time in September, I may or may not have started ‘proper’ paid work prior to that and therefore will have even less time than before or if we can successfully get our DLA changed to a level I think it should be at, I’ll be able to remain off work, caring for my son (and of course daughter to) in a way that I feel I need to (there are big questions about whether we could even find a child minder to take Boy Lacer anyway) and if we were to be in a better financial situation so that I could remain off work, then of course from September I will have even more time to write whilst Boy Lacer is in school.
On the subject of money last year I wrote
Money will be a big issue next year, I have to control it now on an even tighter leash and decide whether my book selling is economically viable. I could do with getting more tuition clients but I’m not sure how easily that will happen with the recession.
Well money will be an even bigger issue in 2010, to an extent where I really need to go back to work about a year earlier than planned and then of course that was always under the assumption that I’d be able to find work (I’ve been looking, it’s turning out quite difficult) and that I’ll be able to find suitable childcare (an issue with Boy Lacer). I have given up on the book selling and have instead opened my Etsy shop, which I’m a lot more confident about or at least it is far less of a financial risk than the book selling was. As for tutoring, it is getting harder and harder to find clients and from next September (I think?) I will have to register with that new register if I wish to continue working and that’s going to cost me quite a lot of money when at the moment I’m seeing one client every two weeks if I’m lucky, so I may register and actually not get my money back. So I need to decide whether to continue, to be honest it’s not my more favourite of jobs but out of all my little businesses it tends to bring in the ‘most’ money (she says, falling about laughing), so maybe I just need to somehow find more clients.
So, until then, before I somehow bring in more money I need to concentrate on saving money, me being at home full time means that I can do things that save us money, this Christmas with my handmade gifts saved us a lot of money, I am vaguely hopeful that this may be the year we get an allotment, I’m getting better at making clothes, I need to spend more time in the kitchen, it goes on. I can contribute to the finances by staying at home but unfortunately without the extra figures going onto the bank balance.
On the subject of cooking I wrote
Cooking is a fine line, I need to make sure I plan for recipes that aren’t going to be too expensive and aren’t going to leave unfinished jars etc. that won’t be used. I think in 2009 I need to make my cooking simpler.
I took it too far towards simple this year and the menu I was producing got simpler and simpler and more reliant on frozen foods I knew weren’t going to go to waste if I wasn’t going to use them. In 2010 I need to start cooking a greater variety of dishes again, stop letting Boy Lacer’s extreme fussiness defeat me and most importantly bulk cook, 2010 will be the year my freezer will truly be my friend.
Finally on the subject of craft, I wrote
Looking at the things I had made up to the beginning of 2008 is a good feeling because I’ve added so much to that list now. I feel that I’m now reasonably ok at embroidery and I’m starting to develop my own style. My soft toys are much better (not hard when compared to my 2007 efforts). I never did get round to knitting again but that will be this year. Oh and as for the sewing machine, I did get it out, managed to thread it up and it does work but I’m sorely in need of someone showing me how to do it properly, instead of a book, so I’m strongly contemplating lessons in January, as in 2009 I would like to start making my own clothes and furnishings.
Well, that was successful! I have knitted and although I’m still not brilliant at it, I am far more confident. I got the sewing machine out in January and I am amazed twelve months later what I can do with it! My New Year’s Resolutions for 2010 is to develop the stock for my Etsy shop and sew (and possibly knit) far more of my family’s clothing. I also want to practice my drawing skills, which can only help develop my own embroidery designs further.