A belated Happy New Year to you all!
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 It’s amazing how quickly it all becomes out of date and a bit tired.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.