In your own space, share a book/song/movie/tv show/fanwork/etc that changed your life. Something that impacted on your consciousness in a way that left its mark on your soul.
I guess the one that really impacted my *life* is BBC Sherlock. It was the first fandom that I properly participated in after dabbling in LOTR as a tween. I went to fan meetups and participated in online communities and challenges. Pretty much all of my London friends are people that I met through Sherlock fandom. I ran an annual Meetup for a couple of years. I got involved with a semi-professional podcast and got to do cool stuff like interview cast and crew and review pastiches, and I served on the council of a local Sherlock Holmes society. I went to BSI Weekend one year. I even went to the Reichenbach Fall with a group of fangirls! I went on trips with the society including one last year where we stayed at a Cambridge college.
I've pretty much left the fandom for the BBC show by now but I am still friends with a lot of the people I met through it because we have enough other interests in common, and I maintain an interest in all things Sherlock Holmes, and he will always have a special place in my heart because the stories were so important to me since I was little. But the fandom explosion that happened through the show has been so good for me. It's left its mark on my life not so much because of the content - there is precious little of it, and I only really love about half of it - but because of the people that it put me in touch with.
In your own space, set some goals for the coming year. They can be fannish or not, public or private.
This is always a fun one at the end of every year or the beginning of a new one.
I signed up to getyourwordsout again this year, with a 75k pledge. I would love to achieve that goal.
Another goal is to participate more in challenges. I didn't manage as many last year but I always love them.
Write for fan_flashworks again! I failed myself out of it last year after a 20-month streak and I was super bummed, but this is clearly the year to pick up my arse and get back into it. One of the things that made it really stressful for me in previous years is that I am so chaotic in my approach. I need to sit down and plan which badges to work towards, and schedule writing time and all that.
And an easy goal: I want to run stageoffools again! I just kind of threw it together because I was fed up and sad that there wasn't a Shakespeare exchange and I wanted there to be one, so I created one. It went really well so I am looking forward to doing that again.
I keep a gratitude journal next to my bed. My goal is to write three gratitudes every day.
In terms of running, my goal is to keep doing it three times a week at least. I don't feel comfortable committing to increasing my distance too much but if I could get to 15k this year that would be awesome.
Read 50 books this year! I have a reading list, now all I need is time.
Keep playing the flute and going to folk club to sing. These are both things that I love doing but that need time and rehearsals and all that.
Ditch some things that eat time that I don't want to do.I know what they are but I need to dragon up and actually ditch them.
The really mundane one is to get more organised. I have been really struggling with basic life management so I have been looking into ways of dealing better with this. My goal is to have my work bag and the next day's outfit and lunch sorted at least four days out of five during the week. And to cook proper food for myself at least three nights out of seven. To get started, I've been looking at how to make fancier versions of things I normally eat, so I feel this is achievable.
Hang out more with friends and shout into the void on Twitter less. I took a Twitter break over the holidays and it was so good for my mental health that I decided that I need to change some of my communication habits (or indeed my lack thereof). I always wait for friends to approach me with ideas and rarely if ever take initiative myself. Again, this comes down to the overarching goal of getting more organised, and is also to do with some MH issues that I'm in the process of overcoming.
So, um, that got kind of personal towards the end there. But yeah, these are the main things that I would like to achieve this year!
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