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Reflection, In the Moment and Looking Ahead to 2020

A belated Happy New Year to you all!

Reflection

Thinking of my personal journey, 2019 was a tough one family wise, reflecting the state of the nation, but I feel in a stronger and more optimistic frame of mind for 2020.

Back into my writing life in 2019 I worked on:

  •  Preparing my new novel for presentation to the world. Date to be announced shortly.
  • Updating website and social media sites. It’s amazing how quickly it all becomes out of date and a bit tired.
  • Writing regular blog posts once more, particularly enjoying the special ones about our life in Scotland on http://www.selectionsofreflections.wordpress.com . So many precious moments with wonderful friends.
  • Engaging more on Twitter and Facebook, although I have a long way to go on that one.
  • Catching up with what’s new ~ this is a big one. Try https://nicholasrossis.wordpress.com/2019/12/29/how-to-market-your-book-in-2020/ for up to date marketing techniques. It all makes my mind boggle!

I am so aware that everything has moved on since I last published a novel in 2014. Was it really six years ago? I have published a travel memoir with a difference, but this year will be the first full length novel since we moved to Fife.

In the Moment

I aim to be in the moment, be aware of opportunities which come my way and above all try not to plan rigidly so that I am able to be more spontaneous. This means in my life in the community too ~ not having so much on that I cannot respond to where my heart says I should be in the moment.

Ahead to 2020

Being aware of my ‘in the moment’ aim, I am positively looking forward to life, launching my new novel, being there for the family but hopefully not overwhelmed by it and above all  ~ joy!

A dear friend of mine, who usually buys a special Christmas card for me, apologized and said she’d been ill before Christmas and hadn’t got around to sending one. I replied, ‘that’s quite all right, I’ve just opened two cards with the word Joy in large letters on the front. Since it is your surname, I’ll think of you whenever I look at them.’ ~ and I did.

And so I wish you Joy for 2020 too.

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Seal Mother by Rose English

Seal Mother ~ A Selkie Tale in Verse is a delightful book telling a familiar story in a unique way. The illustrated poetry is a pleasure to read and reread.

The legends about seals coming to life in human form have inspired and seduced me ever since we moved to Scotland and Seal Mother is so beautiful.

This paperback would be perfect as a gift for a young girl or teenager who appreciates literature, folk tales and poetry. It may even inspire her to write her own.

 

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‘Healing Paths of Fife’ December Quiz ~ 2 more paperbacks up for grabs

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HEALING PATHS OF FIFE

DECEMBER QUIZ

ONLY ENTRIES FROM THE UK ACCEPTED

HOW TO ENTER:

Entry fee: A donation of your choice to Kirkcaldy Foodbank via

Just Giving Kirkcaldy Foodbank

Write your name with the comment:

December Quiz entry ‘Healing Paths of Fife’

Name the five beautiful locations on The Fife Coastal Path above

Then send your five responses by email to diana@dianamaryjackson.co.uk , or fill in the form below:

 

CLOSING DATE 11th DECEMBER 2019

The first two with the correct answers will be announced on December 16th and will be sent an email and then their copy of ‘The Healing Paths of Fife’ will be sent to arrive, hopefully, before Christmas.

Follow me @Riduna on Twitter for some clues on Thursday 5th to Tuesday 10th til close of competition at 5 pm on 11th December GMT

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