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?

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

IWSG: Thanks for the Right Stuff, 2017!

It's time for the last Insecure Writer's Support Group post of 2017. 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 December's post are Julie Flanders, Shannon Lawrence, Fundy Blue, and Heather Gardner. Please drop by and say hello.

Time for December's question:

As you look back on 2017, with all its successes/failures, if you could backtrack, what would you do differently?

This isn't an easy question for me to answer. Personally, 2017 has been one of the best years of my life. I married my soulmate. We had numerous adventures together. No words could convey how much my life has changed for the better since meeting him in early 2016, and how fortunate we both feel to have met. 

If there a downside, and I'm reluctant to call it such a thing, it's that my life is far busier than it's ever been. Husband. Friends. Family. The days, weeks, and months seemed to have passed by before they'd registered as having arrived. Something had to suffer, and it was my writing. I have written and blogged, but it was sporadic at best.  

Truth be told, my temperament is often at odds with how I live my life. I love company, but I need time alone to create. I crave it. I'm often baffled by people who don't like or seem able to spend time on their own. A few hours or a day to myself is a rarity for me. It's a situation I need to change if I'm ever going to take my writing seriously. But here's the thing - I wouldn't change a thing about 2017. Highs and lows. Successes and failures. I lived and loved every moment.

How about you?