2017 So Far: Let’s Turn This Sh*t Around

In this Babblog I wanted to discuss my three main New Year Resolutions for 2017 (aside from my reading challenge):

1) Finish my first novel These Unnatural Men

2) Do more things by myself

3) Work towards a less wasteful lifestyle


Just get it done

My novel has been an emotional and psychological drain for a few years now. I keep stopping and starting, rewriting the same chapters/paragraphs/sentence/words for weeks on end, changing large sections of the plot and going through countless meltdowns due to lack of motivation or frustration.

So I’ve had it quite easy compared to the experiences of some other writers, I’d say.

I’ve decided this year is going to be different. I’m no longer going to strive for perfection, perpetuate self-doubt and kid myself that I’m working when in actual fact I’m stalling so as not to put myself through the sheer hell of revealing my work to other people.

My mindset this year is to just get it done. Just get it out there. Just finish it. JUST DO IT.

In the spirit of getting shit done – no excuses – I’ve decided to publish the first three chapters of These Unnatural Men on Amazon Kindle in April. In two months. Eight weeks.

I’m petrified but I need to get something out there so I can finish it and move on. Although I don’t agree with those who self-publish twelve novels a year and value new content over quality prose, I’ve been working on this novel for about four years now. I think I’ve gone beyond taking my time and am just dawdling.

So it’s official. Look out for a preview of These Unnatural Men in April.

All by myself

I’m quite an independent person. I’ve been abroad by myself many times and often get a coffee or lunch somewhere with just a book and a pair of headphones to keep me company.

But I want to kick it up a notch. I’m in a long-term relationship and nearing my thirties, which to me feels like a slippery slope towards comfort and the resistance of new experiences. I don’t want to rely on other people and stop trying new things, so I want to push myself this year and grab any chance I can to discover something new…alone.

This resolution has started off quite well. So far I’ve eaten lunch twice in restaurants by myself and went to the Horror-on-Sea film festival alone for the majority of the weekend. So what’s next? To be honest I’m not sure. I don’t have any particular plans as of yet, but I’m keeping my eyes peeled for something that will petrify me to do alone.

Waste not want not

I’ve been meaning to make steps toward the zero waste lifestyle for a while now and after visiting a friend in Vienna who has fully embraced reusables, recyclables and homemades, I decided 2017 was going to be the kick up the ass I needed.

So far I’ve got the housecleaning product waste under control as I’ve bought Splosh refillable bottles for the bathroom, kitchen and laundry. I also take reusable bags wherever I go and recycle everything I can.

I’m in the process of converting my beauty and hygiene products to zero waste. I’ve started using hard soap forms of face wash, shampoo and conditioner (mostly from Lush) and I’ve used a Mooncup for a few years. However, toothpaste, floss and mouthwash are a bit of an issue. I want my change to zero waste to be affordable but at the moment I’m struggling to find this in dental products.

Once this is done I suppose the next step is food. I want to cut out the plastic I use and buy items with recyclable packaging or no packaging at all. This may be difficult, especially as I shop online, but I’m sure it’ll get easier.


If you have any tips or advice for me about my resolutions I’d love to hear from you. Let me know in the comments below!

Emily created Dystopic in July 2012 after requiring an outlet for her love of dystopian and apocalyptic fiction. Her debut novel 'These Unnatural Men' was published in 2018.


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