Friday, 1 January 2016
Happy New Year
As we welcome in the New Year it is nice to reflect on the achievements of 2015 whether they be writing-related or personal if for no other reason than to see what you liked so much about the year before (those things that give you the most happiness so that you can aim to do more of the same in 2016) or give yourself a virtual pat on the back for things you managed to do, no matter how small. In the world of writing, no amount of words written can ever be wasted - even if we delete most of them whilst editing, they helped on our journey in honing our craft.
Writing-wise I entered nine competitions, wrote several short pieces, added more chapters to my various WIPs and began a new novel that I got to nearly 35k words. I also was chosen to read a short Victorian Gothic horror story as part of the Blood from the Quill event in Newcastle (a fantastic evening), wrote more blog posts than I have managed any previous year, which is quite an achievement considering I helped set up, organise and run the first ever Cleckheaton Literature Festival, a well-attended and popular event that brought together many fantastic authors and poets such as Joanne Harris, Andy Kershaw, Justina Robson, Mark Wright, Helen Cadbury, Luke Wright, Leigh Russell and Horatio Clare to name but a few. Thanks to the generosity of time given, and in the case of Joanne Harris money donated, we on the CLF Planning Group feel that this event help to save our local Library service. Plans are already underway for CLF2016 featuring many of the original line-up and new writers.
I wish all my followers the best for a happy and healthy 2016, may all your dreams come true.
Everyone needs a little bit of Hiddleston now and again :)