Wednesday, 3 January 2018

IWSG: New Year, New Me

It's the first Insecure Writer's Support Group post of 2018! Blink and another year has passed. Before I answer this month's question, you can learn more about the IWSG group, it's founder Alex J. Cavanaugh, and purpose here. The awesome co-hosts for January's post are Tyrean Martison, Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor, Megan Morgan, Jennifer Lane, and Rachna ChhabriaPlease drop by and thank them for all their hard work.

Time for January's question:

What steps have you taken or plan to take to put a schedule in place for your writing and publishing?

As I wished friends and family a happy new year and mourned the end of 2017 - it was an amazing year - I realised there's only so many times I could excuse my lack of writing and publishing due to personal reasons. If I wanted to write, I could have made time. I made the time for reading, after all. As we start 2018, I have one over-riding mission statement - it's this year or never. And I'm telling every one I know, because I want to be held accountable. 

Over December, I re-read everything I've written. First draft, final, and published. I did it to remind myself how and why I write. To re-ignite a passion. It worked. I also took other more practical steps. I've ditched my laptop, which was driving me crazy after the update to Windows 10. I bought an iPad and Google Chromebook. Best decisions I've made in a long time. I've had to re-learn a lot of the most basic of tasks but including my iPhone, I now have three easy-to-use and synced devices. The Chromebook is an absolute joy to use and essential for blogging if you move away from Microsoft. I'll be covering the reasons why in a later post.

I've made some major writing and publishing decisions, which I'll share in my next post and you'll be able to follow over the coming year.  Right now, I'm just excited and eager to start. Bring it on 2018!

Monday, 1 January 2018

Happy New Year!

It's time to celebrate the ending of one year and the beginning of another. For me, 2017 was a special year. I married the man who makes me smile and laugh every single day, and supports me in everything I do. What more could I have wanted? Well, I went another year without publishing. Things will be different in 2018. I'm making a commitment and telling everyone about it. Feel free to kick my backside if I'm not making any progress! I'll send reminders to write your way, if you need them. I have sturdy boots.

Thursday, 28 December 2017

A Christmas Day Tradition

If I haven't already wished you so, Happy Holidays! I hope your plans are going swimmingly, which rather conveniently leads me onto a popular tradition in Exmouth - The Christmas Day Swim. Every year several hundred hardy souls plunge themselves into the sea, and a few thousand come to watch.

It was bitterly cold and raining on the 25th, but it didn't keep the swimmers away.

Do you have any local Christmas traditions you'd like to share?