A performance appraisal of myself

On 3 April 2017, I will have lived Down Under for 3000 days, or 8 years 2 months and 3 weeks. One thousand days ago, on 8 July 2014, I set myself some goals to reach before Day 3000.

Let’s see how I’ve done!

1) Publish my first bookTICK

In September 2016, I finally published by debut novel, SAM. To date, I have sold 453 eBooks and 86 paperbacks. I have an amazon.com rating of 4.3/5 and a goodreads.com rating of 3.89/5.


2) Renovate our houseTICK

We renovated the interior, had the house re-roofed, and painted the outside. We may now by broke, but at least we can be broke in style! 🙂

3) Become a NZ CitizenTICK

In November 2015, I pledged allegiance to Her Majesty, the Queen, and became a fully fledged citizen of New Zealand. My new passport’s first excursion was to Canberra, to attend a conference at the Federal Parliament.


4) Visit a Pacific Island. ALMOST

I’ll be visiting Fiji in August this year.


I really do believe that by writing down your goals you are more likely to achieve them. So, by 29 December 2019, I hereby pledge to have achieved the following:

1) I will have finished by second novel, “1968”, and have started my third;

2) I will have received a promotion at work or have moved into a new role;

3) I will not have eaten anything containing more than 5% sugar for the entire 1000 days;

4) I will have visited my family and friends in the UK;

5) I will have taken part in a sporting event or competition;

6) and I will have lost at least 7kg in weight.

I’ll check in at regular intervals to let you know how I’m getting on!