Current Work: Non-fiction article about journaling (and planning)
Listening to: A crackling fire and a squeaky table
Well, I’m trying to start of as I mean to go on. I didn’t post yesterday but then I try never to turn on the PC on Sundays and bank holidays. I have to have some time without this damn machine. Anyway I have done some reviewing of last year and some planning for this and… I’ve changed the blog a little to hopefully improve the experience.
Five Highlights of 2008
- Surviving a full year here in Italia and still loving it!
- Getting into some kind of habit for submitting queries and becoming a ‘serious’ writer
- Small successes in published pieces including Writing Magazine, Writers News, Sweet Magazine and The Sunday Times (Home Section) – yes I said the Sunday Times!
- Completing the first draft of my novel and having a second brewing in my head
- The addition of the wonderful Bertie to our life which has provided me with lots of walking (and therefore mulling) time. And I can’t miss out my Man Friday, without whom nothing would be possible.
Five Priorities for 2009
- Improve my Italian lingo so I can expand my writing skills into translation (a biggie)
- Get better at firing off queries (generating the ideas first, of course!)
- Edit first 3 chapters and last chapter of novel
- Find an agent for no. 3 (can’t tempt fate any further than that)
- Work harder at marketing my craft (never been my strong point)
I’m sure there’s more, there always is but I feel most positively positive about the coming year, despite the economic crisis and the falling euro which is financially ball-aching. Hey Ho, onwards and upwards – I feel like a song coming on (or was it an election promise?) Things can only get better…
And Finally, Word of the Day:
adverb: Hesitantly; irresolutely.
adjective: Hesitant; vacillating.
noun: Hesitation; vacillation.
verb intr.: To vacillate; to dawdle.
From reduplication of the question Shall I?
"We go after bigger things, and don't stand shilly-shally on the brink as you do."
Anthony Trollope; The Way We Live Now; 1875.