Happy New Year! to everyone and I hope you are looking forward to a bright future in both your personal and writing world.
Looking back over 2011 I can honestly say it has been one of ups and downs, certainly an interesting one, starting new ventures, meeting new people, changing jobs, and travelling far a field. There have been surprises in both my personal and writing endeavours and I have surprised myself (as well as others) in what I have accomplished. I have not only joined a writing forum, and been a prominent participant, but managed to start up a Blog, yes this Blog. I joined the SCBWI and attended the LA Summer Conference as well as been to all the meetings here in NZ. I can’t tell you how much I got out of attending each and every one of those and the lovely people I have met both in LA and here. To participating in Write On Con and to the Writers Platform Challenge which resulted not only in going outside my comfort zone, but in having my flash fiction published. I never dreamed that any of this would have happened back in January of 2011.
Recently participating in PiBoldMo I found I became fired up with ideas and although it was a hectic time for me personally (due to work), I couldn’t help but be drawn into the hype with other writers, their encouragement, their nudging me along, emails of wisdom and tips, to congratulating messages I was both moved and hugely grateful for every one of them. There are numerous other areas of the writing I have found so enjoyable such as Interviews with authors and publishers to Book Reviews, including the Perfect Book Friday on Susanna’s Blog, and polishing my work in progress. All of which has helped me grow both personally and as a writer, my eyes have been opened to a world in writing, I never knew existed and my confidence has risen to a higher level than I ever imagined.
As I watched the fireworks over the city at midnight with my husband, from our upstairs deck, I am imagining what 2012 will bring. Oh yes there will always be ups and downs, my job is still in the air and there will be decisions I will have to make, but I face those with new confidence. The 12×12 challenge on Julie’s Blog will be an excellent distraction and a much needed force to ensure my writing moves to a new level, and more manuscripts hopefully polished, a few critiqued, and possibly publisher ready. Well that’s the goal I am setting myself. Yes I have other goals, like losing weight and organising another long overseas trip in early 2013 among others. But my writing has become very important to me and so to have the friends who push, prod and encourage me and who I hope will continue to do so. They are my rock!
So…. You have noticed I decided to start the New Year with a new look and yes I will over time gently work around how to use and accommodate my blog so others can find it easier to access it. Thankyou for being here, for all that you have been to me over 2011 and here’s to an even more successful, fun filled 2012… Exciting times ahead!
(If you are reading this around mid to late morning we will be sitting down to a New Years Breakfast of BBQ Ham Steaks, Bacon, Hasbrowns, eggs, followed by Banana Pancakes with maple syrup washed down with Champaign, with friends on our deck…..ahhhh summer!)