1. Read a new book every month.
February: Fish Change Direction in Cold Weather by Pierre Szalowski, How We Met by Katy Regan
March: Delirium, Pandemonium and Requiem by Lauren Oliver, For One More Day by Mitch Albom
April: The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom, The Camomile by Catherine Carswell, proofread three books on placement, halfway through Trackman by Catriona Child
May: If You’re Reading This, I’m Already Dead by Andrew Nicoll, The Humans by Matt Haig
June: The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence, Unsaid Things (McFly autobiography), The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
July: Perfect by Rachel Joyce, The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness
August: Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker, The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton, Me salvó una lágrima by Angèle Lieby, His Father’s Son by Tony Black
September: Watch Over Me by Daniela Sacerdoti, The Good Mayor by Andrew Nicoll, an exciting new manuscript on work experience, Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner, several manuscripts on work experience
October: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, The Moment by Claire Dyer, The Gilbert Collection by the SYP
November: The Stranger’s Child by Alan Hollinghurst, How to Fall in Love by Cecelia Ahern
December: Penguin’s Poems for Life selected by Laura Barber, One Hundred Names by Cecelia Ahern, The First Last Kiss by Ali Harris, How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
2. Write a dissertation.
Choose topic – check.
Start research – check.
Start primary research – check.
Writing. Less than a
month WEEK to go!
Finished! (And passed!)
3. Learn to cook a three-course meal, and throw a dinner party to prove it.
4. Keep up this blog.
5. Visit fifty new places (could be towns, tourist attractions, even just restaurants).
5. The Blackbird, Edinburgh
7. The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh
13. La Barantine, Edinburgh
14. Falko, Edinburgh
15. Restaurant that shall remain unnamed, Don’t Go There
16. Tea Jenny’s, Falkirk
18. Browns, Edinburgh
21. Royal Albert Hall, London
22. National Gallery (shop…), London
23. Giraffe Stop, King’s Cross station, London
24. Bar Kohl, Edinburgh
25. Johnston’s, Falkirk
26. Supercube, Edinburgh
27. Mimi’s Bakehouse, Leith
29. Black and White Publishing, Leith
31. Landmark Press, Carrbridge
32. Holyrood 9A, Edinburgh
33. Origano, Leith
34. Milnes Bar, Edinburgh
35. Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh
37. Edinburgh Castle
39. Star Flyer, Edinburgh Christmas market
40. Jake’s Place, Edinburgh
41. Opium, Edinburgh
42. Why Not, Edinburgh
43. The Hippodrome, Bo’ness
47. Landmark Centre, Carrbridge
48. Dunfermline Abbey
49. Kingsholm Stadium
50. Usher Hall, Edinburgh
7. Wear my white dress.
8. Learn some Italian.
Mi chiamo Lauren. Io sono scozzese. Non parlo italiano. Ho
ventitré ventiquattro anni. Mia sorella si chiama Hayley. Io studio ‘publishing’. (Sì.) Quinto piano. Otto e mezzo. Spaghetti carbonara. A cappella [and other musical terms]. (Yes, I’m scraping the barrel here.)
10. Collect seven books signed by the author.
1. Bedlam, Christopher Brookmyre
2. Far Rockaway, Charlie Fletcher
3. The Fault in Our Stars, John Green
4. If You’re Reading This, I’m Already Dead, Andrew Nicoll
5. The Humans, Matt Haig!
6. The Fields, Kevin Maher
7. His Father’s Son, Tony Black
11. Take myself out of my comfort zone once a month.
January: went to the Highlands to stay by myself for a week for a placement
February: took on Rights Manager role at uni. Will have to obtain copyright or we produce no book!
March: did a presentation at work in French. With half-an-hour’s notice.
April: World Book Night
May: did nothing. Will cheat with this later in year.
June: left house without makeup and drove without driving shoes. Oh yes.
August: posted a poem I was unsure about?
September: this was a terrible goal to set.
October: online dating.
November: had a mini makeover.
12. Post a piece of my creative writing here.
13. Record something that made me happy, something that was lucky or something that I’m grateful for every day.