Switching on the light again

"Fade...", a photography exhibition by Tan Ngiap Heng at the National Museum of Singapore, as part of the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2015.

I've never been very good at New Year's Resolutions, so now that it's the last day of January, it seems to be as good a time as any to dust off the blog and acknowledge a few baby steps I've taken towards a few things I would like to get done this year:

1. Exercise more
I've signed up for a Pilates class with my old instructor (this will be the third time that I've taken a basic class with him) and at some point in February, I shall endeavour to acquire a pair of shoes that are suitable for more vigorous activities.

2. Revise the novel
After one year and one month away from the last draft of my first novel, I've dusted that off as well and started making notes on all the rewriting I need to do. Some parts of the draft are not as bad as I'd feared, others are worse and still others are just plain mystifying (was there a point to this scene/remark/character?). Miles to go, etc. For those of you who have been patiently asking, "So how's the novel?", well, now you know.

And yes, first novel. Because the idea for a second has been brewing for a while now, but I'm determined to get the first into better shape and give it a fighting chance out there (just load up on the sports metaphors, why not) before I work on the second.

3. Redesign this website
It's looking pretty mid-2000s around here, I know. More to come before 31 December 2015.

Unrelated to the above three non-resolutions, what prompted this post was reading "What Andrew Sullivan's exit says about the future of blogging" (via @sivasothi), which linked to Sullivan's farewell blog post as well as Lockhart Steele's "Back to the blog". I'm not making any grand declarations about blogging or my own posting frequency, but I thought I'd just send this post out while these things are on my mind.

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