As I posted previously I don’t place too much currency in the New Year but one thing that you cannot deny is that the year 2014 has indeed changed into 2015. Does that mean anything significant to me? Yes, actually it does indeed. I have various ambitions that I want to fulfil in 2015, not necessarily resolutions, just things that I have decided prior to New Year’s Eve that I want to either complete or experience.
In my capacity as a writer I have two major aims, which are, to complete the Sorrow Song Trilogy by October 2015 and, before that, to publish Eugenica, an alternative history novel set in 1930’s England. Neither of these two projects are particularly easy but then there would be no fun in it if they were (or quality in the writing I suspect). I can state that both books are underway, however, which is always a good place to be.
On a more personal note I am looking forward to whisking my wife away to Paris for our wedding anniversary, hopefully sometime around spring. Is this something of a cliché? More than likely but what does that matter? I have never been to Paris before and it is a city that I have always wanted to visit. To do so in the company of a beautiful woman is not a cliché, it is a life affirming moment and we live in the moment. To stroll through Paris with her hand in mine, to clink wine glasses and toast each other in a café, to visit the Louvre and wallow in the culture of Europe, these are events to be shared with someone that you love.
Of course in between then and now there’s all the usual mundane aspects of life to endure. This is something that we all have to deal with, it is a part of human existence. It can seem tedious and boring but then if it was not we would not invent occurrences such as Christmas. Festivals like this are the peaks towards which we aspire during our normal everyday lives. They do not just mark the passage of time, they give us something to look forward to. They raise expectation and increase our interest in life. Having projects like completing a book are similar to holidays and festivals, they are events to look forward to, only the scale is different, but even that is a question of perspective. For me publishing another book is a very big deal indeed. It is a time of excitement and for enjoying an accomplishment. It is another of those life affirming moments like visiting a city you have always wanted to experience.
In this respect 2015 is no little different to 2014. I had many enjoyable experiences last year and some notable achievements as well. I am hoping that the New Year will be much the same, hopefully even a little better. Actually I won’t be relying on hope too much, I’ll be working to improve on what I did last year just like I always have. So with that determination I wish you all the best for 2015 and sincerely hope that you achieve everything that you set out to do.