Day 732:Each age has deemed the new-born year/The fittest time for festal cheer-Sir Walter Scott

In the last two weeks I have managed to make progress with my goals. During the past week I read two books in French, L’héritière, and La Couronne, books 4 and 5 of the Selection series by Kiera Cass. I managed to clean up some old paperwork, and began my bullet journal.

The bullet journal is something I hadn’t even heard of until late last year! But it’s extremely useful! I hope to post images of mine here at my blog eventually.

Though the month of January will be nearly over in another two weeks, I don’t want to forget my resolutions this year. Nay, if anything, I want to fulfill more of my goals and get better at doing my resolutions as the year draws near December.


Happy New Year! New Year’s Goals and Resolutions.

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When does the new year really begin? It begins with the dawn, when we fill our lungs with air that seems as fresh as the year before us.

With a new year, comes the chance at a new life, In 2017, there are a thousand things we can do, a thousand things we can wish for, but only a few that can come true. Let the best of those things come true in 2017.

You, skimming this entry, might live to be 100, but even if you do–you cannot waste 2017, because it will still be at least 1% of your life, far too much to waste.

Don’t waste 2017.

Today I finished drawing up the list below, the official goals and resolutions are things that are most important, that I must accomplish, the “unofficial” ones are things I might like to accomplish, but I realize I might not be able to.

Official Goals

1. Redecorate my room.
2. Create a customized cookbook for my mother.
3. Assist my father in writing his autobiography.
4. Post an excerpt of my novel to the internet.
5. Start an art journal.
6. Get a job and work at it for at least 3 months.
7. Organize my research.

Official Resolutions

1. Get up by 7 AM and go to bed by 10 PM every day, except for weekends and holidays.
2. Exercise intensely for at least ½ hour a day, or 3 hours a week.
3. Post to my personal blog at least once a week.
4. Stop eating sugar more than once a week.
5. Spend at least one hour a day reading, writing, or listening to a foreign language.
6. Practice the piano and recorder for at least an hour each, daily.
7. Leave comments, reviews and feedback more often.

Unofficial Goals

1. Practice one of my hobbies for at least 1000 hours.
2. Complete 100 days of productivity challenge.
3. Win at Camp NaNoWriMo in April.
4. Win at Camp NaNoWriMo in July.
5. Give up film, television, and recorded music for Lent.
6. Participate in Inktober.
7. Master 100 new pieces of music on the piano or recorder.

Unofficial Resolutions

1. 50% of what I read, watch or listen to must be in another language.
2. Try a new fitness challenge each month.
3. Use my Kate Spade 2017 planner on a daily basis.
4. Never have overdue library books.
5. Write an average of 500 words per day.
6. Strive for a zero impact lifestyle.
7. Read at least 3 chapters of my Bible daily.

Day 596: Either write something worth the reading, or do something worth the writing!

When tomorrow morning comes, there will be 61 days left until I start NaNoWriMo. Last year I won, but I am slightly nervous, because this year I want to do it in French! With two months left, I am going to have to do a lot of pratice, in reading, writing and listening. But I think I can do it, I’ll be practicing for four hours daily, and listening to the French radio for the news, and trying to read a daily French article.

Tomorrow I intend to start watching only French language films, television, and even youtube videos, and I am going to attempt to read at least 15 novels in French before November hits!

Day 566: Time is what we want most, but what we use worst…

Tonight I went to the birthday party of a family friend, it took place at a pizza parlor, and it was great, there were lots of games and pizza.

Today I decided to start blogging at Blogger, LiveJournal and WordPress, I’ll just post the same entries at the same to all three sites.

Tumult at my house and in my life has made me decide to double the time for my 90 day goals. Giving me until November 22! Just a few days before Thanksgiving, something I am planning a surprise for, until then though, it will have to remain a secret!

Day 513: …these old shades of mine/ their ways and dress delight me…

A friend of mine has recommended Georgette Heyer to me, and so I have started with These Old Shades, set in the 18th century, one of my favorite eras, it gives me ideas for what I want (or don’t want) to do in my own novel!

For a while, I have been toying with an idea–of writing to a scholar I admire, but I am not sure how or when I would do that. I have to familiarize myself further with their work before I can dare write to them, however it’s something I definitely want to do this summer.

Day 505: Can you sing with all the voices of the mountain…

Throughout much of the past week (from Tuesday until Friday night) I took medicine that left me feeling somewhat sluggish (and stopped two days earlier than planned due to excessive swelling). So I didn’t really feel well enough to do anything until the a few days ago. Nevertheless, I managed to select what pieces of music I want to memorize, and what titles I want to read. The honorable mentions are music and books I want to tackle if I have enough time. I have 84 days, let’s see what happens.

Greensleeves, a traditional English melody by an unknown composer, that doubles as the carol “What Child is This”.
Colors of the Wind from Pocahontas. It’s a lovely and haunting melody, that even people who don’t like the film have told me they love.
Beauty and the Beast (the ballroom theme) from Beauty and the Beast. Yes, this is the famous “tales as old as time” song, it’s more frequently done on the piano, but I thought the low, slow notes would sound good on the recorder.
“A Favourite Air in the Opera of Alexander” by Handel. I was unsure if this was originally written for the recorder or not. It’s apparently based on his aria Pregi son d’un alma grande for Alessandro, written in 1726. Given in the book A Solo Book for Treble Recorder: 175 solo pieces from eight centuries. It’s only 1 1/2 pages, so it shouldn’t be too hard.

Honorable Mentions: Out of Thin Air from Aladdin and the King of Thieves, Lord Inchiquin by Turlough O’Carolan

Part of Your World from The Little Mermaid. I managed to play the first few bars of this a few months ago, and thought it was lovely on the piano. You hear of many people wanting to sing this one (and I wouldn’t mind being able to some day), but it’s amazing as a purely instrumental version.
Go the Distance from Hercules. Triumphant, stirring and gorgeous, it was nominated for an Oscar (though it lost to that year’s Titanic), it’s named as one of the favorite disney songs for a lot of people, but seems to get overlooked.
Moon River from Breakfast at Tiffany’s. This is the sort of song that you still hear on the radio today. My Mother loves it, along with the film. Usually you hear it played on the guitar, but as I have the music for the piano, I thought I would give it a try.
Do-Re-Mi from The Sound of Music. Another favorite of my Mother’s, and I want to play it for her too. It’s catchy and clever and teaches solfege!
Allegretto in G Major by Mozart. I got this selection from Mozart, 14 Of His Easiest Piano Pieces For The Piano, and this is supposed to be the 2nd easiest. Not sure if it’s simply Allegretto, or Sonatina in G Major, Allegretto This piece is shown frequently being played by children, or on a simple electronic keyboard, so it should be manageable.
Rondo Alla Turca by Mozart. This piece, one of his most famous, is fast paced and demands flexibility to be played really well, yet I still want to attempt it!

Honorable Mentions: God Help the Outcasts from The Hunchback of Notre Dame, O Come All Ye Faithful, Sonata in C major, Hob.XVI:35 by Haydn

18th Century Novels
Pamela; or, Virtue Rewarded by Samuel Richardson
Clarissa, or, the History of a Young Lady by Samuel Richardson
The History of Miss Betsy Thoughtless by Eliza Haywood
Joseph Andrews by Henry Fielding
The Female Quixote: or, the Adventures of Arabella by Charlotte Lennox
The Man of Feeling by Henry Mackenzie
Caleb Williams: Or, Things As They Are by William Godwin

Honorable Mentions: Cecilia by Frances Burney, La Religeuse by Denis Diderot, The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

Research Shelf Books
Antonio Salieri and Viennese Opera by John Rice
Naples en fête: Théâtre, opéras et castrats au XVIIIème siècle by Patrick Barbier
Farinelli: Le castrat des lumieres by Patrick Barbier
La Maison des Italiens: Les Castrats a Versailles by Patrick Barbier
Mozart: A Cultural Biography Robert W. Gutman
Washington’s Spies: The Story of America’s First Spy Ring by Alexander Rose
Forgotten Allies: The Oneida Indians and the American Revolution by Joseph T. Glatthaar and James Kirby Martin
The Indian Great Awakening: Religion and the Shaping of Native Cultures in Early America by Linford D. Fisher
Music of the Colonial and Revolutionary Era by John Ogasapian
In Pursuit of Liberty: Coming of Age in the American Revolution by Emmy E. Werner

Honorable Mentions: Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow, Belonging to the Army: Camp Follower and Community During the American Revolution by Holly A. Mayer, Dr. Benjamin Church, Spy: A Case of Espionage on the Eve of the American Revolution by John A. Nagy, Spies, Patriots, and Traitors: American Intelligence in the Revolutionary War by Kenneth A. Daigler, Spies in the Continental Capital: Espionage Across Pennsylvania During the American Revolution by John A. Nagy

Day 499: 9 out of 10 ain’t bad…

Until August 23 I have about 90 days, so I decided to draw up a list of goals to try to work on during that time, will I manage to do all of them? Who knows, but at least 9 out of 10 won’t be bad?

Top 10 for 90 Days!

1. Write at least 1 letter.

2. Work off at least 20 pounds by healthy diet and exercise.

3. Go for 30 days without listening to any recorded music or watching any movies or TV.

4. Learn to play at least 4 pieces on the recorder by heart.

5. Take at least 5 photographs and post them online.

6. Learn to play at least 6 pieces of music on the piano by heart.

7. Read at least 7 classic novels from the 18th century.

8. Write at least 80,000 words of fiction or non-fiction.

9. Cross at least 9 goals off my 365 goal list.

10. Read at least 10 books from my Goodreads 18th century research shelf.