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Hopes for this year – NOT resolutions


I have some resolutions, but they’re my resolutions and, although we’re doing joint resolutions as a family – to help each other achieve them – I’m not going to post them here.

What I am going to post are my hopes for this year. They’re my hopes and they’re mostly selfish hopes. Hopefully they’re realistic hopes. For example, I’m not going to hope for World Peace because – quite frankly – it’s never going to happen. Not unless man is completely wiped out. Even then the Chimps will continue to murder each other and have little skirmishes. Don’t believe me? Google it.

So, my incredible selfish hopes are (in no particular order);

1) That I lose nearly two stone. I’ve packed it on recently due to a new job and not being depressed anymore. It seems that shit jobs and stress are great for keeping the weight off! Wouldn’t recommend them though.

2) That I have enough time to spend quality time with my family, as my new job sees me away at least once a week, and I think that with the New Year and the rush to get things live in the build-up to April, that I’m going to be away a lot more.

3) I have one day where one of my many injuries from my clumsy past don’t bloody hurt. I’m 39 years old now, and everything seems to be catching up with me very quickly indeed. Strangely enough, I don’t know many inactive people who suffer so. Maybe I should just blob? Which would make wish 1) very hard to do.

4) That Shattered Lands: Torquemaster Rising gets published, or that I get an agent at the very least. If this doesn’t happen, them I’m considering going along the Kickstarter route and getting backing to fund the publishing, final editing, rewriting and illustration costs. The rewards I have for the pledgers will be most amazing!

5) That Black LIbrary Weekender 2013 pays off, and I manage to produce something that the editors at Black Library want to publish. Being a Black Library author is one of my big hopes!

6) That I hear good news about my Sherrapu submission to Abaddon Books. I submitted to their open window back in October and it would be great to work with them as they publish a number of authors that I have a lot of respect for.

7) That I am able to get my hands on – or afford – a three piece tweed suit. I bloody love them and would really love to get my hands on one. It will most CERTAINLY become my signature trademark as a successful author.

8) That I find the time to get back into shooting. I was at County level before a car crash wrecked my eyes for a bloody long time – floaters – and with duff eyes and headaches it was hard to look down a scope and get the scores that I needed. If I do manage to get back into shooting this will lead on to number 9)

9) That I finally manage to get my rifle licence. I want to be able to compete, hunt and shoot and own historical weapons. I started to apply for a licence but then the things in 8) happened and I kind of put that all on the back shelf.

So, those are some of my hopes. The more realistic ones. The flash car, lottery win and zombie apocalypse ones can all take a back seat. I’ll work on the ones above and go from there 🙂

 

About mattsylvester

Father of two beautiful daughters and married to the beautiful Karen, Matthew has been reading and writing fantasy and science fiction since he first read the Hobbit at the age of 7. Matthew was Features Editor, Technical Consultant and regular columnist for magazines such as ‘Fighters’, ‘Combat’, ‘TKD & Korean Martial Arts’ and ‘Traditional Karate’. These are the four leading martial arts magazines in the United Kingdom. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed 'Practical Taekwondo: Back to the Roots', which has been sold around the world. With regard to his martial arts background he has been studying martial arts since 1991. In 1995 he hosted Professor Rick Clark of the ADK and since then has been studying pressure points and their uses in the martial arts and on the street (initially as a Special Constable and as a Door Supervisor). All of this practical hands-on experience means that he is uniquely placed to write fight scenes that are not only plausible but some of which are based on personal or anecdotal experience. Matthew has had a number of short stories published by Fringe Works, KnightWatch Press, Anderfam Press and Emby Press.

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