2016 – A Year in Review

Reflections and Brain Dumps

2016 is finally over.

I know a lot of people will really feel me on that point, but I’m really glad the year is over. I didn’t have a bad year or anything like that at all, but the closer the end of the year got the more I couldn’t wait for it to come. I think 2016 was a really stressful and busy year for me, and I was just craving the fresh start a new year always brings. And of course, a part of that fresh start is reflecting on the year gone by.

In 2016, I graduated with distinction (woo!) from QUT, with a Bachelor of Creative Industries. I really loved my degree and I’m going to miss it quite a lot, but I’ve applied to study a Master of Writing, Editing and Publishing. Hopefully, I’m accepted into this course because I really love study, and I’m not quite ready to give it up just yet.

In terms of reading, I only managed to read 40 books. And I say ‘only’ lightly, because I know 40 is still a lot. There was a large portion of the year where I didn’t read much at all, so reading more consistently is something I plan on working on in 2017. While my original goal was to read 60 books in 2016, when I realised I wasn’t going to reach that I lowered it to 40 on Goodreads. I wanted to feel positive about reading 40 books rather than upset I didn’t reach 60. Also, one of my resolutions was to reread the Harry Potter books, and I only reread the first two. Whoops.

When it comes to writing, 2016 was both a good and bad year. I wrote the first draft of my YA dystopian novel for NaNoWriMo in 2014 and then didn’t touch it for the whole of 2015. In fact, the only writing I did in 2015 was things I had to write for uni. In 2016, I finally started to work on my novel again. I decided to pretty much rewrite the entire plotline, and in 2016 I wrote the first 15,000 words of the second draft. In hindsight, 15,000 seems like quite a lot of words, but I know I could have written a lot more if I put in the effort.

Other than that, I did a lot of cool things. I did an internship at UQ Press (which was absolutely incredible), I started writing for The Writer’s Edit (also incredible) and editing for Blaire Magazine (again, also incredible)!

So, what’s next?

This year, I want to read 60 books. I know a lot of people feel really pressured to read when they set their Goodreads challenge, but I honestly never feel pressured to read unless I have to read particular books for uni so setting a high goal is fine for me.

I want to review every book I read on Goodreads. Books I feel really strongly about might also get a review here, but I read too many books to give each an in-depth and dedicated blog post.

I want to write a monthly wrap up post that details my reading, writing and university (assuming I’m accepted!) progress.

I want to increase my consistency when it comes to writing things I don’t have to write. While studying I actually write a lot, but it’s usually only for assessment.I want to write more for pleasure.

*wipes sweat from brow* It feels good to dump all of those thoughts from my brain! Stay tuned for more.

Emma.

 

November Wrap-Up

Monthly Wrap-Ups

Welcome to my first monthly wrap-up post. November was a busy month for me, and I’m definitely glad it’s over. I am a HUGE fan of the Christmas season (it’s my favourite holiday by far), and November is always a struggle for me because it’s so close to the Christmas season, but you’re just not quite there yet. But with the Christmas season now well and truly underway, it’s time to reflect on the month gone by.

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