Sunday, 1 January 2017

Goals for 2017

Since 2012, I've created a list of annual goals which I aim to achieve within the following twelve months.  This is one way to keep track of the progress of various projects and it's a bit of self-entertainment.
Mallard; oil on canvas; Adele Cosgrove-Bray; Dec 2016. 

My goals for 2016 were:-
  1. Publish Fabian;
  2. Finish the NVQ Level 3 course;
  3. Write more poems and short stories;
  4. Create more art and photography.
 My fourth Artisan-Sorcerer novel, Fabian, was published by Middle Eye Press in paperback and ebook formats back in September.  Readers learned more about everyday life within the Artisan-Sorcerer household, but were also given  much more insight into the magical, spiritual side of their lives.  Fabian himself faces life-altering and life-threatening situations.

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The fifth in the Artisan-Sorcerer series will probably be called Morgan, and I've recently begun work on the first draft.

My second goal for 2016 was to complete the NVQ course, and this has been achieved.  The complete list of my newly gained qualifications is:-

1) Federation for Industry Sector Skills & Standards:  Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Adult Social Care.

2) City & Guilds: Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England (Generic Pathway).

3) City & Guilds: Level 3 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care.

4) City & Guilds: Level 2 Award in Employment Responsibilities and Rights in Health, Social Care or Children and Young People’s Settings.

I also had to take City & Guilds: Functional Skills Level 2 in both maths and English, as this is a standard requirement of the course.  The English was easy for me, as I've supplemented my income through writing since my early twenties, when I was employed as an editor and then went on to write freelance.  However, maths has never been my subject - in fact since infant school days I've thoroughly loathed the subject and did not relish the prospect of this aspect of the course.

Sometimes, though, you've just got to deal with necessities and so, applying a spot of rational thinking, I analysed my dislike of the subject and figured out that a large part of why I don't like maths is because I'm not much good at it.  

Ok, I reasoned, so maybe if I did this course I'd get better at maths and so alter my habitual reaction to the subject.  I needed to pass this exam and so my reaction was not useful, and I'm not one for hanging on to anything that's useless, (unless that item is interesting in some other respect).  As things turned out I had a great tutor in Paul Byatt, who's other career is that of an actor, and to my genuine surprise I passed the exam first time. 

Since 2012, I've completed 16 work-related courses.  Enough's enough.  I don't intend to undertake more for the foreseeable future.  I want more time for creative pursuits.

My third goal for 2016 was to write more short fiction and poetry, but due to the sheer volume of writing involved in completing the NVQ course this simply didn't happen.  I wrote all of 2 poems and no short fiction at all, (as I was busy writing then editing Fabian).  This badly needs to change!

My fourth goal was to create more art and photography, and some of the results of these activities can be seen by scrolling through the images used to illustrated this blog.

So, here are my goals for 2017:-

  1. Write a minimum of one short story per month;
  2. Write a minimum of one poem per month;
  3. Write the 1st draft of Morgan;
  4. Paint, draw & photograph!;
  5. Take up swimming again.
I used to swim twice each week, every week, and enjoyed the exercise.  West Kirby swimming baths was on my homeward route after work, and so the activity easily fitted into my schedule.  Since moving house I've not been swimming at all, and want to change that.  It's fun, it's good exercise, and even though it will now require a special journey, rather than simply calling in as I pass by the pool, I'm sure it'll be well worth it.

One last comment - whatever you're doing, enjoy your year.  😊

Further Reading:
Goals for 2016
Goals for 2015
Goals for 2014
Goals for 2013
Goals for 2012

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