Hello there!

If you read my New Year’s Resolution post, you may recall that I stated it was time to shit or get off the pot. Less procrastination, more work. If I’m ever going to be a serious writer, then I can’t idle away the hours with funny YouTube videos or be blabbering away on Twitter.

I’ve set myself a series of simple but achievable goals. One is to provide at least one update per week to my blog. This is cheating slightly, but a weekly update is one way of achieving this goal. It also encourages me to be more productive during the week, so that I have something to write about. I suppose you could look at it as a diary, of sorts.

Achievement #1: New Website Design

If you’ve visited this site before, you’ll probably have noticed it has undergone a makeover. Given that I am somewhat childish, I became a tad jealous of a friend’s radically overhauled site. Consequently, I wanted to jazz mine up a little. You may notice I have a brand new front page layout, combined with graphical drop-down menus and a new post style.

There’s still a few things to fix up. As this site is running new software on the backend, I need to update or replace some images with higher resolution ones. I’ve done most of this, but there’s still a little more to do. However, I like the new design myself. It’s consistent with my peculiar fetish for all things purple while maintaining my fondness for clean designs.

Achievement #2: Privacy Article Written

Before Christmas, I happened across a tweet seeking submissions for an experimental publication focusing on privacy, surveillance and technology issues. In particular, they were seeking essays from marginalised communities, such as LGBT+. Considering my not-so-subtle stance on privacy and censorship, and that my bisexuality is still something of a secret in the offline world, I proposed a piece. It was accepted and this week I’ve written a 2,700 essay on the subject which was well received by the individual running the publication. All being well, my piece should be published later this year.

Achievement #3: BBC Writersroom Submission

Yes, I’ve submitted a screenplay to the annual BBC drama script room. I like to call it the Annual Soul-Crushing Rejectofest! In fairness, last year I made it past the initial read stage but fell at the second hurdle. This year, I’m hoping to make it a tad farther. However, if I don’t then it doesn’t matter. The fact is, I’m trying and that’s what’s important.

Achievement #4: Ashes of the Forgotten

In addition to the above, and my regular caring duties, I have also managed to get a little more work done on my debut novel. Over the coming months, I plan to create a dedicated section on this site to Ashes of the Forgotten, to compliment my oft-ignored Writing category. For the time being, however, AotF is still a long way from completion. The revision stages are a long, arduous process.

Ashes of the Forgotten is a dark, high-fantasy novel. My plan is to create a series of novels, all set in different parts of my fictional Centralian Empire. Once Ashes of the Forgotten is finally ready and released, I will be going back to work on my 2014 NaNoWriMo project, Shadow of the Night Witch.

That’s All For Now

A relaxed start to 2017 for me, but I feel I’m getting things off on the right foot. My goals for the coming week involve more work on Ashes of the Forgotten, another Movie Musing for this site, possibly writing a short-film script for a competition, and finishing up my website renovations.

Thanks for reading!