There’s been no post from me this year about new year’s resolutions. I don’t tend to do them anymore. This time last year I was ill, so despite a shaky start to the year, it’s already been an improvement on the last one.
There hasn’t been much writing going on though. I had a break over Christmas, after working hard through November and December on a re-draft of my YA novel. I reached a crucial point in the draft before I ran out of time, but I hadn’t had chance to pick up the story again until just this week.
Getting back into editing and writing
I decided the best thing to do would be to read through what I’d written so far, doing some editing along the way. So technically, that’s writing and it’s getting my head back into the story again. I’m enjoying the process.
I’m also waiting for the proof copy of my middle grade novel.
Things are beginning to really move along with this now. The cover is finished, the illustrations are done and the manuscript has been typeset and proof read. It’s exciting, but scary at the same time. It’s that ‘oh my goodness this is really happening’ feeling.
Blogging hasn’t been at the forefront of my plans this month.
Namely because I spent a couple of weeks trying to get my other blog sorted after it was hacked. This left a bitter taste in my mouth and hasn’t inpsired me to get on and write much on the blogs. Instead, I’ve had moments when I’ve wondered whether to continue at all. Still, I’m going to Manchester at the end of next month as a finalist in the U.K. Allergy Blog Awards, so at least I can tell myself that all the hard work wasn’t for nothing.
Since Christmas, I’ve eaten healthier and enjoyed getting back in to my exercise regime.
I’ve finally moved into my garden office and have been enjoying looking out on to a winter sun drenched garden, home to a family of foxes who come out to play every morning. I feel very lucky to have such a wonderful space I can take myself away to. Writing inspiration? I hope so.
Throughout the Christmas turmoil and subsequent blog-hacking nightmare, I have continued to read.
I’ve been concentrating on authors I know through my various writing communities, namely Emily Organ, Elizabeth Haynes and Rebecca Ann Smith. Reading books written by these authors is hugely inspirational and it brings a fresh does of realism to my own writing. I will be posting the reviews once I finish the book I’m reading.
It’s getting lighter in the mornings and staying lighter for longer in the evenings.
Despite the cold, we’ve been experiencing some beautiful, sunny days. January blues? I think not. I can see spring on the horizon and I’ve already emerged from the post-Christmas, early January fog which had me walking around in a daze. I’m feeling positive about 2017 and what it will bring.