2018 was my Annus Horribilis!
For Her Majesty, it was 1992.
For Lance it was 2018. It was a year in which I failed completely to achieve ANY of my New Year Resolutions.
Here’s a reminder of what they were.
The year started quite well. For the first few weeks, I was writing an average of over 500 words per day and I was applying for two jobs every working day.
My 2019 novel? I planned and plotted to write Eleven Years, the sequel to Eleven Miles, during NaNoWriMo. Family problems and looking for work soon got in the way of my well-intentioned November writing endeavours.
I have been running less in the past three months and my weight has escalated to over 87 kilograms. I just don’t feel as motivated as I used to. I have also retired from playing hockey. I think that 55 years of playing that wonderful game with great friends is enough for any man. People who know me well will be surprised that my mojo has become lethargic.
My following on this blog has reached, 588, well short of my target.
I am exercising two or three days per week. I’m still clocking up the parkruns though. I shall be running my 300th on New Year’s Day.
One high, for me, in 2018 was attending the 70th anniversary of the Swanwick Writers’ Summer School. I loved being part of the Tech Team with Jonathan Higgs and Richard Hensley, running around ensuring that all of the speakers and presenters had all that they needed. That week culminated in being elected onto the organising Committee for 2019. I get on very well with the rest of the Committee and we work well together. 2019 is going to be a tremendous year for Swanwick! I also took on the responsibility of being the webmaster for the School and I am proud of my achievements so far.
Recently, I have almost conceded that ageism does exist and that my long and distinguished professional career in the Armed Forces and in the international Information Technology business is over. I have applied for 167 jobs this year and only had six face-to-face interviews.
That conclusion does not mean that my working career is over. Oh no!
At the age of sixty-three, I have a plan for a new career. Watch this blog. I’ll tell you about it when it happens.
In the meantime, here are my New Year Resolutions for 2019.
During 2018, I have been a failure.
In 2019 I shall become a
super spectacular success!