Saturday, December 31, 2005

Goodbye, 2005

This was the year of Things That Didn't Happen.

I didn't get retrenched. I didn't get published. I didn't move house, finish my PI course, win any competition I entered, finish my novel, learn to drive, buy a car, clear my debts, fix my speakers, pay off my laptop, or throw out my old clothes.

All this is not depressing to me at all, because this has been the year that I worked towards goals. I'm not there yet, but I'm well along the path. So some things did happen.

  • Finished the first draft of my first novel. Sent it off to the Debut Daggers and although it wasn't shortlisted, it made it to the unofficial top 25. That's a vote of confidence in my writing.
  • Wrote a review of a Diamanda Galas concert and she emailed me to ask permission to put it on her website. Another vote for my writing.
  • Finished the first Danny Hawaii short story. We'll see what happens with that.
  • Spent a few months in the course that all PIs in NSW have to complete, and ended up with tons of notes and textbooks that should provide me with plenty of details for writing.
  • Created which of course includes this here blog.
2006 will be the year that Things Happen.
  • It will be the year I get published, one way or another, even if it's a short story in a reputable online zine.
  • I'll get my driver's license and a car too.
  • The laptop will be paid off and I'll make a significant dent in my debts.
  • And of course I'll finish The Damn Novel, as well as keeping on the path of The Five Year Plan.
Most importantly, I'll keep at it. I'll keep writing till my eyes bleed and my fingers excrete a warm, yellow fluid. My back will curve in on itself and I'll become a perpetual digestion machine of hideous design. Might need a plastic keyboard protector for all that.

For the final send off to the year, I'm going to make damn sure I don't do what I did last New Year's Eve. Recovery time will be measured in hours, not days.

*waves drink at 2005*


Mary said...

Happy New Years Dan and I wish you an even better year with lots more success!

Gina said...

That's the way to look at it, you have accomplished a lot. Most people would be green.

Tribe said...

Diamanda that's a blast from the past..."Wild Women With Steak Knives"...those were the days.

Have a better 2006.

A Girl Running said...

Happy New year to you. You have accomplished a lot, kept many of us entertained with your diet too ;)

Daniel Hatadi said...

Thanks very much to all of you. I feel all warm and fuzzy and, I'm pleased to say, completely without a hangover.