Wrapping up 2017 – Setting goals for 2018

I don’t even know how we got here – but 2017 is drawing to a close. Cheers to another big year!

For me, this has meant graduating from my Master of Arts (writing), starting a new job (plus some work teaching on the side) and getting stuck into my next journey.

My other big achievement for 2017 was the hugely successful GLOBE Community Awards. They were sold out for their fourth year (and in a bigger venue, too!). I’m proud to continue to play a key role in coordinating the awards each year. Having been a part of the team since the awards began, it is so wonderful to see them as a key date on the calendars of so many people in the LGBTI+ community. A huge thank you goes out to all the volunteers that made the awards possible.

On to 2018…

Much of 2018 is going to be focused on my own writing projects. I’m developing my first novel and working towards a draft by mid-year. I am also developing some pieces for publishing in magazines and journals, to continue my academic writing development.

It’s important to set some objectives, so that I can structure my year. This will help me maintain focus on my next stage of my writing and my career.

So I’ve set myself three objectives (in addition to my manuscript) for 2018:

  • Write a blog post once a week – this is important because it is measurable, but it also gets me writing something and airing my state-of-mind as I continue working to complete my first manuscript
  • Get three short stories published in magazines/journals – this has been something I’ve wanted to achieve for a while, but I keep finding excuses (too busy with work, uni, etc.). There will be no excuses this year.
  • Develop my focus for a PhD and get accepted for candidature by a university for 2019. This is my biggest goal, and I’ll be reaching out to anyone and everyone to attain this in the next 12 months.

Hopefully I’ll be on track and you’ll see lots of updates on here in the next 12 months.

Best,
Damien

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