I don’t always make New Year Resolutions but I am today.

I would rather not make any resolutions than make empty gestures or promises that I can’t keep. This year I’m  I’m telling everyone so you can hold me to account. I’m happy to do the same for you if you want.

Here’s the first of my resolutions: to read!

I am aware that as a writer I ought to read lots, and lots of different types of things, for various reasons. I’ve been getting so busy writing (not a bad thing in itself) that I never have time to read. This can’t go on. I have quoted others who say if you have no time to read, you have no time and no tools to write. I’m going to take my own advice.

The second and third of my resolutions involve doing something for the environment.

I admit that I’m not the greenest person you’re ever likely to meet, but I think we all need to do something for the planet.

We all need to take recycling more seriously, and there’s a few things I have been recycling intermittently: computer ink cartridges, batteries and lightbulbs. I do recycle them, but I’ve let it slip.

There’s been some alarming news during the year about the pollution car exhausts cause when the engine is running but the car is stationary. How often do I let it idle while I’m waiting for a passenger to get in, or out? When I’m studying a map? This year, I’m going to turn it off whenever I’m not actually moving.

I’m not saying I won’t do anything else for the environment in the coming year, but these two things are among my resolutions.

The fourth and final of my resolutions is: filing.

That’s a job I keep putting off. Right now I’m in the middle of a catch-up filing purge. Once I’ve finished that, I resolve to have a filing day in the last week of every month.

Those are my four New Year Resolutions

They are all practical and achievable as well as being worthwhile.

And now my final message for 2018: