Blog posts with the tag: "languages"





I thought I’d post a quick update on the progress of my debut novel Dark is the Sea. It’s been sent off to the printers and is currently being formatted for Kindle. This all looks like it will still be on track to be released at the beginning of October, which works out well, as it ties in with Halloween/Samhain. I will announce an official release date as soon as I know.


Yesterday, I started my Masters. I’ve been really looking forward to going to uni and diving in with reading, but I must admit I was a bit nervous. The first lecture was great, and really interesting, but I must admit, I felt I needed to dust the cobwebs from my brain and get back in to critical thinking.


Of course, not everyone wants to go to university, or can. There are plenty of great free courses on iTunes U, as well as fascinating lectures on TED which has an app and a YouTube channel. I’m probably a giant geek, but I love learning, and I can’t imagine a time when I won’t want to learn either through classes or reading.


I try and keep my brain ‘trained’ by reading widely, learning languages, keeping up with current affairs and using the Lumosity app on my phone, but it has been about 8 years since I finished my degree, and since I have written an essay, so I’m bound to be a bit rusty.


This week celebrated the Autumn Equinox, also known as Mabon. It is a time to reflect on the past, and to make new goals for the future. I love adding to my goals on my Pinterest board, but sometimes I think I’m a bit overly ambitious, and it’s good to break down goals, or concentrate on one at a time. I mention goals and learning a lot on this blog, and I apologise if I am being repetitive, but it is a real passion of mine, and purely  for the personal pleasure of it – not to boast to people how much I know, or how much I have achieved. I love learning how high achievers manage their time, break down their goals, and what methods and routines they use. Lifehacker is a great website for this, but sometimes you just have to dig, try what works for other people and keep going until something fits.






Some people might think that it’s too early to be thinking of new year’s resolutions already, but I’m a firm believer that setting goals for yourself shouldn’t just be exclusive to January. In fact I am constantly setting goals for myself; daily, weekly, monthly etc and continuously reviewing them.


Writing down your dreams turns them into goals and makes them more realistic, but you have to make them manageable, and therefore figure out what you need to do in order to achieve your dreams and break them down. For instance, if you were to put on your initial ‘dream list’ that you wanted to write a novel, you would need to work out how you could actually turn the dream into something tangible.


So, write a list of everything you want to achieve. This is kind of like a bucket list, I suppose, but once you have written it, I want you to take a long hard look and pick which goals matter to you the most, here and now. The others can wait.


Once you have a final list (hopefully no longer than 5 items), you then need to look at each goal and break it down into chunks. Give yourself a time frame. Do a bit of research. What do you need to know in order to succeed? Look for heroes in your chosen goals, for example, on my goals list, I have my writing, but I have goals about learning languages or getting fit. Find out how the best writers, linguists and trainers work and take notes. Each person will work in their own way, but you can try out different methods and see what works for you.


Here is a list of things you need to do to keep on track:


  • Prioritise your list
  • Break each goal down into smaller and smaller chunks so that nothing feels too overwhelming
  • Be organised – make a daily and weekly to-do list and keep it to hand. There is no point in writing out lists and then filing them away
  • Log your progress and constantly review if you are on target and how you can improve
  • As well as actually ‘doing’ the steps to reaching your goals, read up on how other people have succeeded in that field
  • Try doing something everyday for 30 days to make it habit; writing for 30 minutes, flossing, cutting out sugar, listening to a French audio for 15 minutes


Some people might not need to be so rigid with the rules, but if you are a lazy procrastinator like me –  who wants to be organised and successful –  it helps.

Heather Blanchard

Welcome. Are you a writer, a bookworm, a daydreamer? Are you still clinging on to that magic that pervaded childhood? Pull up an armchair and get cosy. This blog is my dreamscape through an enchanted forest to a world of stories and the little things that make me happy; a chance to add a dash of sparkle to the daily grind. Here you will find the whimsical, the coveted, the Gothic and the romantic. Happy exploring!

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