Party like it’s 2008

Ah, there’s nothing quite like hanging a new calendar to make you reflect on the year past and the year to come, is there?

I didn’t do a “new year” post last year for some reason so I can’t look back reliably on 2007 to tell if it went as I had planned or predicted. I do know that, on the whole, it went really rather spankingly well. Technically my domestic situation (single, rented flat) is exactly the same as it was a year ago, as is my employment situation, and I still spend my leisure time in a similar way, but the little things have changed dramatically. 2007, I am confident saying, rocked.

This is the part of the movie where the villain swivels round in that big chair, stroking a fluffy Persian, reveals his cunning plan for total world domination and utters a trailer-worthy line like “no, Mr Bond, I expect you to die!”.

Followed by twenty minutes filled with explosions and implausible martial arts scenes, before our villain dies in some gruesome (but still vaguely comedic) fashion, with just enough breath left in his body to lie in the ruins of his secret volcano layer and curse something along the lines of “I’d have made it if it wasn’t for those pesky kids…” before the camera pans to the dashing hero swooping the swooning heroine off into the sunset.

Perhaps I should rethink this analogy?…

So what’s my plan for 2008?

Well, even though reading about other people’s resolutions is rather boring, and I have a whole “don’t plan because it is going to go arse-over-tit” thing, I’m going to share mine this year. Because I am nice like that and I believe in tempting fate. So in no order what-so-ever:

  1. Continue the whole healthy lifestyle kick I’ve been on since September. I already feel oodles better (damn it all those I-told-you-so people will never shut up now) and am on the verge of having to buy new, smaller clothes (woot!) so it would be silly to stop now I guess. It’s just nice having muscle definition again. Plus the whole being able to go through a day without my back imploding in agony is rather pleasant
  2. A new look for Bright Meadow. Yeah, I know, I’ve been saying this for so long now you’re getting bored, but it *will* happen!
  3. Move to London. This will (baring the unforeseen) happen. If I’m not celebrating my birthday in London this year (or at least a city that boasts a reputable publishing house and isn’t Southampton), I will want a BLOODY good reason why not
  4. Jump out of a plane. (Relax, attached to a parachute!)
  5. Get a job in publishing. Again, this is a “barring acts of divine intervention” deal. At least if I haven’t landed the job by December 31st 2008, I want to be well on my way to getting it. Or have spent the past six months lying on a beach in Maui writing a best-selling novel after winning the lottery as reason why not
  6. Get more of my damn writing done! I’d like to say that I’ll have a finished draft by the end of 2008, but I’m not that optimistic. I just want to have had fun writing it
  7. Go on more dates. Frankly, I need to get a life. Rapidly. Before I hit 26 and end up a bitter, twisted, crazy cat lady

And that’s it. That’s my 2008 mapped out right there. Is any of it going to come true? Fingers crossed. Am I going to be upset if it doesn’t all come off according to plan? Not overly. Just so long as I have fun along the way 🙂

What have you got planned for this forthcoming year? Do share.

12 thoughts on “Party like it’s 2008

  1. Hmmmm …. Plans for 2008

    1) Enjoy my new job.
    2) Spend a lot more time with Pretty women .
    3) Fall in Love
    4) Become king of the Badgers
    5) Save the World
    6) Get the girl

    …. They may not all happen and may also not happen in that order , but Im hoping that most of them do ( at a push i’ll forfeit 4 and 5 to get the others)

  2. Mine are here and I’ll frankly admit they are scaring me a bit, but I’m determined, and if more people know about them, I know it’ll be easier to stick with them 🙂

  3. Happy 2008 to you, Cas. My new year’s resolution is the same as last year: 1152×864.
    Thank you, I’ll be here all week. Try the veal, remember to tip your waitress

  4. Ambitious. Life style kicks are always good, moving to London and publishing award-winning debut novels, that’s even better. I hope you move towards that, succeed even.

    At least, when the movie comes out then, and you beat Rowling and Brown in terms of monetization, I’ll be able to say “Oh, I’ve been reading her online for years now”. Wouldn’t that be snooty!

    The dates thing I can appreciate. Been on one myself last weekend and, hey: it’s what people do, it’s fun.

    Cheers C., all the best!

  5. ‘Get more writing done’, oh boy, I empathise there. This time though, I’m keeping that goal quiet from my nearest and dearest, mainly because last year ended up a horrible year-long “Have you finished that novel yet?” interrogation! Good luck for everything though 🙂

  6. Happy new year me dear, all the best! 🙂

    One of my resolutions is to stay caught up with all of the blogs I once enjoyed on a daily basis (and comment more). We’ll see how that goes…

    Another one is one that I’ve accomplished already, and that was the register another domain name and move the photoblog. So it’s still a work-in-progress, at least the hard part is done.

  7. Ambitious and exciting all around! 😀
    I don’t tend to make resolutions. But perhaps I should and work towards them more actively than in the past. This has been an exciting year, at least the last few months of it. I don’t really remember much before that so I have a hard time looking back on it accurately. hehe

  8. Kirbs – king of the honey badgers?

    Neko – good resolutions and don’t worry, I’ll help you keep to ’em!

    Vidar – 😛 that’s all I have to say.

    Nils – thank you, and the same right back at ya (though I wouldn’t hold your breath on the whole fame thing…)

    Swan – that is a point I hadn’t thought of… Ah well, I’ve been blabbing about writing for so long now most of my family and friends are just plain bored already.

    Jay! Welcome back to the comments and a very happy new year to you too. Here’s hoping you stick around some!

    peroty – just so long as you’re having fun, that’s the important thing 🙂

  9. The Honey Badgers would be my elite shock troops that I would use to save the world from evil doers. ( for those who are not aware of the honey badger think of a cannibalistic Scottish Wolverine with a really bad disposition and a migraine then times that by about 4 to figure out just how angry and aggressive these beasties are)

  10. Happy New Year! I think your plans sound marvelous. I’m still working on mine, but finishing the play I’ve been working on for 3 years is at the top of my list. Holy crap.

  11. And the same to you roro! Your 2007 ended pretty fantastically, so here’s fingers crossed that 2008 gets even better 🙂 (And my ‘story’ can beat your three years easily as it’s a good seven years old already… *blush*… Then again, I don’t write for a living so yeah! get a move on! 😉 )

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