Reflections

I’ve been off for a few days. It was my birthday on Tuesday so had a few lazy days. I’m not going to say how old – or mention the fact that my choir decided to sing Happy Birthday ‘country style’ complete with cowboy actions while my darling other half just had to get it all on film. Nope, that’s not being mentioned at all!

I think birthdays tend to make me quite reflective, the whole ‘another year older’ thing, so what have I achieved over the last year and what do I want to do over the next one? To be honest it has often got me a little down, feeling like I haven’t really done much. This year is feeling much more positive 🙂

It’s quite crazy to think that this time last year I was only just starting to write seriously. I’d finished a Creative Writing course, which had at least inspired me to put pen to paper for the first time in years, but it was the first time I’d started on things that were just ‘for me’ rather then for course assignments. It was quite a scary experience and I had a lot of doubts on whether it would even get finished, never mind be considered readable by anyone else! Since then I’m about halfway into a novel, as well as actually having a shorter story that’s been accepted to be published before the end of the year, another one I’m waiting to hear back on (glances down at the stumps where her fingernails used to be) plus another two WIPs and a couple more rough ideas.

Not too bad for a year 🙂 Of course, it could have been more, but as I suppose most writers do there’s the endless juggle of day job, family, and other commitments to squeeze the writing around. We’ll have to see what this year brings!