This New Year

There are many goals that I have for myself this new year. I want to do well in school, I want to continue to build long lasting relationships with my friends, I want to lose that last bit of freshman fat I’ve still got lingering on my belly and of course I want to complete my novel.

I started handwriting my novel back in 2013. I was actually shocked when I realized this. The first six novels I wrote took around three months each to complete…although I started those in the 7th grade when I had a lot more free time on my hands. I suppose I also didn’t spend much time focusing on my education, like I have been doing over the last four or five years. I can definitely say that I’ve come a long way academically.

I’ve done a lot of work on my three personal writing projects during the winter break. I like to put a lot of effort into the world of the novel, which is why I think my first novels only took me three months to complete and this one has taken around three years. Before I didn’t do any research or planning. In the 7th grade I simply sat down on the carpet by the radio with a pencil and some paper and I wrote. There was no such thing as writers block and I sure didn’t stress out over any accidental plot holes. In high school I became more serious about my work and started to teach myself how to write better, how to edit and how to research (the library is an excellent tool). I’ve written many things in my lifetime but this year I’m ready to finish this novel and get it published.

I’m looking forward to an awesome new year.

Wishing you all the best!

Don’t get swindled into those diet and work out commercials though. Walking for an hour a day will help you lose weight just as well, and it wont cost a fortune. I’m just saying…especially for those of you who are on a tight budget.

Happy New Year everyone!

— R.

Back to School

Back to School

Its weird to think that tomorrow I’ll be off to start my first day back, for my last year of high school. It seems like just yesterday I started ninth grade, and now I am heading into 12th. Wow time flies by quick. So much has changed…I still don’t feel like a grown up? How is a grown up supposed to feel? I feel as though I’ve matured. I’ve learned a lot about friendship, and responsibility. So far the advice I’ve been given by the adults in my life has been, “do your best,” and “have fun.” I think that’s some pretty good advice, don’t you? I feel like I’m playing a game of soccer (football) and there is only 10 minutes left in the game, and my team has to score or…we lose. You could say I’m a bit nervous. I know that I have nothing to worry about though. I’m prepared to do what it takes to get to where I need to be. Well…to everyone else going back, have fun and do you best this year.