The first two days of the bright, sparkling New Year has been about catching up with dear friends. I love it when I hop on Facebook for a few minutes only to have a writer friend or two pop up to say hello, and Happy New Year. Especially wonderful to catch up with those I have lost touch with over the past few months. More likely my lack of presence, due to a hectic full-time work schedule and being exhausted at the end of the day. I feel 2014 regardless of my busy work schedule promises to be a more exciting time for me.
Why and how do I know this? Well let’s see:-
Firstly; I will always be grateful for what 12×12 has done for me; meeting new people, learning and garnering so much inspiration, while enforcing and keeping me honest with my writing. It has also helped me with my inner confidence, and that’s a big plus. So I will be joining again with 12×12 in 2014, if for nothing else, then for the family atmosphere that radiates compassion, understanding and encouragement both in the forum and on facebook.
Secondly; My lovely critique group with whom I have had an amazing year and I am so happy we are soldiering on together again this year. We had some wonderful successes in our little group and I know we will hear of more success stories this year. I can feel it!
Thirdly; Making good use of services that are available to me, especially those I feel will benefit, guide and help mould my writing. Examples I will be looking at are Rate Your Story, and Emma Walton Hamilton’s YA Novel writing course that’s expected to start this year as well as a couple of others. This will depend on my time management, and other factors. Something I will be looking into as the year progresses.
Fourth; Continuing with Perfect Picture Book Friday, I love this. Making new friends through blog hopping and discovering what makes a great picture book in the process.
Fifth: and a biggie for me is time management. Setting up a roster to ensure I at least try to stick to meeting deadlines a little more with enthusiasm, instead of sliding on ice to get in, as I did more than once or twice last year. I am profusely aware of how important this is for me, would benefit my writing and also others with whom I have a “writing” relationship with . I owe it to them also.
I also intend to add more stories to my travel section of this blog, which is long overdue. So watch this space!
With a couple of changes I have made in my working life I feel that the coming year should work a little easier for me. The stress should not be as great as last year with cutting staff hours, and jobs and hiring additions. Believe me, from a boss’s point of view it is certainly not easy, and one goes home worrying, stressed out, and unable to sleep. But 2014 will have non of that… yay! Well, not unless someone knows something I don’t! …. All silent in the back row? Good!
I would love also to take this time to thank YOU who have taken time out of your busy life, to read and comment here. I know how time-consuming it can be at times hopping from one blog to another, especially when something you find interests you and takes you off the path you were first travelling. Without you this blog would not exist. Hugs and Thanks!
So, do I plan on more drafts, revisions and the biggie, submissions? Most certainly. That and the encouragement and love from you, and commitment from me, is what it is all about. Thank you for joining me on this exciting journey in 2014.
Yay, looking forward in 2014,