Bonnie Sparks Writes

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Hello New Year, Writing, and Photographs


First day of 2012 and I’m not really one of those people who usually make a big deal out of it. If I make plans for New Year’s Eve they’re minimal and plans for New Year’s Day are more for if the day is free, not for the first day of something. For me it’s akin to making a big deal out of the first day of the month. Yes, I am one of those people who believe New Year’s is yet another day, but not in the disgruntled sense. I believe every day is a special day. I feel I’m lucky to exist and would prefer not to take that for granted, even through tough times.

So I’m not going to do an end of year wrap up and at the moment I’m too stuffed to do a catch up (my eye is swollen too and it makes me feel like I haven’t woken up yet), which would probably be lengthy seeing as it’s been awhile, but I do have some plans and I’ll share those.


I have begun preparing to finish my dystopia novel after concentrating more on reviews and Bookish Ardour. I started a dark fantasy series back in… 2008. My notes for the series were extensive and a complete mess. They’re everywhere. It exhausts me thinking about going through them and I go out of my way to procrastinate so I can avoid looking at them. Yeah, I’m an organised writer!

So with the current project, oh, I have an update! My current work, the dystopia one, now has a working title! Finally. I’m heaps happy about that because I was getting to the point in wondering where the hell the title was. The tentative title is now 8254 and I’ll update the page about it later. When I’m not so stuffed. I actually feel like giving this whole blog an overhaul.

With the 8254 project, I’ve taken a different approach, trying to keep all my notes in the one place. Of course, that hasn’t happened, but it’s much neater than the dark fantasy. I’ve gone and bought a new whiteboard and corkboard (I have two already, but use them for Bookish Ardour), which I’ll be setting up so everything can stare me right in the face! Stare me right in the face and make me feel like a jerk when I’m not writing. Fear of failure and judgement are great motivators.

I also can’t let Smiley down.

I’m thinking he might be a masochist.


Forgive me for being a complete and utter book nerd right now, but I’m so excited! This is pretty much the best part of there being a new year and the only reason I care about it – new reading challenges. I am a reading challenge addict, even when I don’t stick to them. I’m hosting my own and taking part in others, but it also gives me an excuse to use these babies;

By complete accident I received two and you can get a copy on Amazon. I’m not sure how it will be when it comes to reading a large amount of books in a year, but what is inside the covers is pretty cool. Apart from rating, taking note of the book’s details, and being able to write your thoughts, there’s also a reading tree (you can follow the progress of discovering a book and where it can take you with other authors and books), a section for your favourite authors, lists and lists of books to read such as the BBC and Time Magazine’s top reads or Pulitzer prize winners, borrowing and loaning records, author talks, and much more. I’m doubly excited to start reading this year to use them.

Sometimes I really love being a dork, geek, nerd, or whatever.

365 Day Photography Challenge

I’ve known people taking part in photography challenges for awhile now and always wanted to get on that bandwagon, but never got around to it. This year I’m taking up that challenge! I seem to be on a roll already… My main problem with this challenge will be remembering to do it, especially because my sense of time can be pretty screwed up. I have asked the question on my whiteboard, ‘Have you taken today’s picture?’, in hopes of reminding myself.

I won’t post them up every day. Instead I’m considering posting up a week’s worth every Sunday or Saturday. Maybe Sunday. We’ll see!

What have you got planned for yourself today, for the week, or perhaps for the next year? I’d love to hear what goals and challenges you have set yourself, or anything you’re looking forward to.

On another note, Happy New Year to you!


Author: Bonnie

Between a blogging addiction, hosting reading challenges, reviewing, writing novels, and overcoming a neuro-immune disease, Bonnie attempts to do as many awesome things as she can and has a good dose of daily bunny cuddles. She resides in Western Sydney with her rabbit, Winston.

4 thoughts on “Hello New Year, Writing, and Photographs

  1. Nice post! Good luck with 365 photo project. I here those are hard to keep up with!

    • Thanks Ahmed. I know! Most of the people I’ve known taking part in them didn’t quite keep up. I’m determined to at least take one most days and so far so good. Even though it’s only been two days…

      Thanks for stopping by šŸ™‚

  2. Good luck with your dystopian novel this year šŸ™‚ I’ve also decided to take a photo everyday this year, it’s rather challenging to find something new to capture… I’m looking forward to see what you’ll be posting. I like the reading challenges you’ve chosen to partake in, and I have to restrain myself from joining even more šŸ˜‰ There is such a diversity in reading challenges out there, there is something for everyone.
    A few of my resolutions: comment more and lurk less, and complete more bookish challenges.

    • Thanks! I’m hoping this is the year of finishing it so a little luck will probably go a long way.

      That’s great, where will you be posting them? I didn’t see them on your website and would love to see what you’re photographing as well. It’s definitely a challenge finding something new to capture. I’m already struggling and it’s only day four! I think some of the photos I take might end up being pretty boring.

      I know the feeling! I keep coming across new ones all the time and of course they all sound awesome. Challenge hosts make it so hard to pick and choose. You took part in one of mine last year didn’t you? I think maybe dystopia or Off the Shelf. I usually remember the names, not so good with the challenges.

      Good luck with lurking less! I’m sure once you get into the habit of it, it’ll become second nature.

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