And I’m GLAD! This is the bit that I used to hate (when I was a sad singleton and everyone disappeared for days on end) but that I now love: the lull between Christmas and New Year, when no-one’s back at work yet, there are no events or activities to do and I can just CHILLAX! (You see, I am so laid back, I can’t even be bothered to stop myself from using teenage slang).
I was in charge of Christmas Day dinner and although I say so myself, it was pretty good.
Apart from the carrots.
Which were a smidgeon too crunchy and could have done with a few seconds longer in the microwave.. err, I mean, of course, a couple more minutes steaming away merrily on the Aga.
I worried about those carrots, dear Reader. I was even thinking about them on Boxing Day.
So what, if the carrots were a tiny bit hard? What about the perfect, crunchy-on-the-outside-squidgy-on-the-inside roast potatoes? Or the fudge-tender three-bird roast? Or the delicious baby sprouts with onions and bacon? Did I think about those?
No, I didn’t think about the good things, only the bad. And this is what I do with my writing! (yes, there really was a point to all this turkey-speak).
Instead of thinking about what I’ve done well, I worry about all the stuff I haven’t achieved (no novel written, no story accepted by Take A Break, for example).
Anyone else out there the same?
So, I’ve decided that it’s time for some end-of-year pats on the back and congratulations! Tell me what you’ve done well this year and what successes you’ve had (writing-wise! I mean, it’s wonderful that you passed your cycling proficiency test and your daughter got Grade 3 in her piano but I’m only really interested in the writing bits, OK?)
1. I started my own, independent writing class in April, which has now run successfully for 2 terms, with firstly 8 and then 10 people in the class (some of whom were the same! ie: they came back!) and which will, all being well, start up again for term 3 on 9th January 2014.
2. I came first in 2 short story competitions (only little ones but still…Ooops, there I go again!)
3. I started a novel during NaNoWriMo and it actually wasn’t rubbish. I’ve had the first 2500 words critiqued by a very particular writers’ group and they were all nice about it! So, I’m going to continue to work on it, with the intention of entering the Good Housekeeping novel competition next February.
Ta dah! As they say in the Boots ad.
Right, that’s me done. Now, it’s over to you….