Goals I Wanna Achieve in 2022!

Yes, it’s another late post from me. It was supposed to go up in January.

O. M. G.

What just happened?

The revelation is sinking in. Another year has come and gone! Can you believe it?

Even at the time posting this, it is still so surreal! It’s already the new year! What?

I mean, first it was 2021 and now, I get up, it’s already 2022… ????

Also, hey, I hope you’re doing well because I am still in shock. I need to sit down.

**Cue the Joey Tribbiani’s shocked face over here**

But you guys know what that means, yes it’s another New Year resolution blog post. I gotta keep track of all these goals, and besides, looking back at them to see whether I’d achieved them is kinda fun. So I’m doing it this year too!!

What are your plans for the year?

As for me, I have too many goals but I try to shrink them down to a minimum…don’t wanna overwhelm myself like the previous years. Hehehe. So this year, my list is small.

My 2022 goals:

Oh man, there are so many things I wanna do this year but gonna only stick to 5:

1) being able to write more short stories and submit them to literary magazines or contests.

I am pushing myself out of my comfort zone because I realised nobody is going to do it unless I make the first move. Word of the year is ~EXPERIMENT~ again because it worked out last year, and I wanna do it again. Seems like I am carefree this way.

Like, last year, I decided to convert my fantasy poems into short stories. So far, I’ve written 3 and I’m going to start on the next one very soon. I’m hoping to finish The Phoenix Sisters short stories probably at the end of this week (at the time posting this, it would most likely be finished)

So this year, I would like to experiment writing shorts for Project #TheGlassKingdom and see where they take me.

2) Finish both the 2nd draft of Project The Glass Kingdom and Project Sprite

I really wish this would come true because I need to get one of them done. SO, I CAN FULLY invest my time on drafting and revising The Glass Kingdom.

3) And finally, I want to finish reading my 2021 book haul before uni starts.

This is such a long shot but what the heck, I need to read my overflowing to-be-read pile! *blows the dust off my shelves*

4) Get ready before Uni life starts.

I gotta make sure that I have everything I need before university starts especially getting a new phone, laptop (is about to KO soon), and a device that allows me to do digital art without lagging because my tablet sucks!

5) Avoid toxic people, and getting overwhelmed

I really need to bear this in mind this year. It’s affecting my health and I don’t like it one bit.

That is all for now. Now will I achieve them?

Big question for me too. But we will see how it goes đŸ˜€

Happy New Year!

Talk to you soon. Alex is signing off.

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Was it DOOMED from the start—Writing 2 Novels at the Same Time ?

I can tell you straight on, it was.

It was a good idea at the time. I wanted to do so many things during that month: I wanted to complete at least a draft at the end of April. I wanted to hurry up and finish the book I’ve been working for 4 years, and get it to the hands of beta readers FASSST! I wanted so much to be a little closer to my goal—to be a published author.

But did I ask my body whether I could handle it?

I thought I could. Honestly, I had hope.

Burnout came too quickly.

And then, you know what happened to the plan, I don’t have to explain here. I guess you already know.

Arghhhh, the pain!!!

I didn’t touch the story for weeks after that. I tried to kickstart the motivation to write for several weeks before Eid Mubarak, but of course it didn’t take off. I’m guessing it could have been part of the novel too. Maybe the story wasn’t not strong enough to make me excited to go back and work on it. I had been worrying about that too recently.

Then I remembered what I always say over on my Instagram….

And…

~ And that was what I did.

I switched my routine whilst taking a break. I turned to ART. Art was and still is my therapy.

Artwork Pieces I’ve done in April-May:

Participated in the Spring Creativity Challenge Art Prompt: Nest
Did a DTIYS challenge hosted by Katie Mai
Did a painting for Easter Day!
Participated in the Spring Creativity Challenge Prompt: Cherry Blossoms
Did a DTIYS challenge hosted by colourlime
We Stand With Ukraine

I made mostly digital art and when I felt like it, I did some traditional art (just for fun) as well. I’m still not good at it but I had been having fun just experimenting with different mediums.

I had been so focused with my art that I didn’t have anytime to work on the 2 novels I had planned to finish that month. So that went out the window quickly. đŸ˜…

Well it’s okay. I’ll just work on whenever I want to. I need to learn not to put so much pressure on myself. It’s just 2 books. If I cannot work on 2 books at the same time, so what? There are plenty of months to do so.

In the meantime, I’ll just work on ONE project, and if I ever get tired of that, I’ll do some worldbuilding for Project The Glass Kingdom. There are some remaining subplots I don’t know how to write yet. And I want to gather as much info as I can so that I’ll be fully ready to write the 2nd draft.

So let’s hear about your month! Anything exciting happened?

That is all for now. Alex is signing out!

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