I hope everyone has had a lovely Christmas! I had a busy but great lead up to the big day, and made lots of new memories with my friends and family over the festive break.
I was also thrilled to add some new books to my shelves too:
- Mostly Void, Partially Stars
- Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye
- My Japanese Boyfriend Thinks I’m Crazy
- Hokkaido Highway Blues
I’m now full of food and readying myself for the end of the year – I’m certain I’m not the only one to be happy to see the back of 2016.
It has by no means been an easy year – for the world or for me personally. But I’ve also done a lot of new, wonderful things this year too, including a fair bit of traveling:
…as well as visiting lots of other cool places!
I’ve read a lot of fantastic literature this year too, and done some of my best writing. My novel is now months, not years, away from being in a position to send out – that’s something I could only have dreamed of a year ago!
2016 really has been a year of change – not all good, but certainly not all bad either. I achieved most of my new year’s resolutions, which I blogged about this time last year, so in that sense I can call the year a success!
I’ve been thinking about what it is that I want to achieve in 2017, and there are a few goals that I definitely want to work towards:
- Read more books from my TBR
Rather than the Goodreads Reading Challenge this year, I’m just going to participate in Rock My TBR and have a more relaxed attitude towards reading with no big goals in mind.
- Send my novel out into the world
I’m still editing it, but this time last year I didn’t even have a completed draft! I can’t wait to start sharing it and seeing what people think.
- Enter writing competitions every month (and host more!)
I love how writing competitions force me to write outside of my usual comfort zone. I’ve only recently started entering competitions again, and I find they’ve been an excellent way of challenging my creative abilities. That’s what I enjoy so much about hosting them too – seeing how other people have pushed themselves in the same way to respond to a writing prompt or challenge. I’ll be entering and hosting more competitions over the next year, so watch this space!
I still can’t believe that I went to Japan this year! I also visited Bristol, Cornwall and Preston, and fell in love with the city of Bath (twice, in fact). I want to travel just as much next year, as it really does make me happy, and inspires my writing too!
I may not have reached my goal of 10,000 followers across social media in 2016, but I still managed to connect with a lot of authors and bookworms over the year, discovering a whole bookshelf worth of new books and blogs. I seriously cannot wait to see what 2017 brings!
So, to all my followers: I wish you all a happy and healthy new year!
- Wandering Words published 147 posts in 2016
- This year, the site had visits from people in over 110 different countries!
- The most viewed post of the year was ‘5 Graphic Novels to Read if You Are New to the Genre‘, with over 1,800 views
- 24 First Lines Fridays posts were published on the site (with even more posted by other bookworms taking part in the feature)