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Thursday, 2 February 2012

Happy New Year!

In my customary always-running-behind style, I seem to have missed out on the fanfare of the New Year; the well wishing, the extravagant wave of resolutions, the insightful posts promising possibilities and commitment.

Perhaps I still have time to proclaim, Gong Xi Fa Choy to one and all. The Year of the Dragon promises extremes, good and bad; that if you double your efforts, double rewards will follow. Don't be complacent and watch your temper!

I wonder how all this bears upon my humble 2012 Resolutions: Write More, Eat Less (no really)?

I thought of another this morning: Be more Forgiving. By this I hope to be less of the Shouty Woman, less impatient with myself and others and less intolerant of all those other shouty, impatient, intolerant so and sos who continually get in my way.

Multiple rejections, family constraints and the usual insufficient amount of minutes on my clock will continue to test my metal but it's helmets on and off we go.

Found this in my Christmas stocking
And I have a bunch of reasons to get on with it: a relaxing 4 week sabbatical in the crystalline English winter countryside, the write (pun intended) equipment, and some gratifying achievements received in the closing moments of 2011 to remind me what I'm capable of and where I want to go...

These include:

- A Special Mention for my picture book manuscript in KBR's inaugural Unpublished Manuscripts Award 2011.

- These two lovely Commendations Certificates from Dee White's Writing Classes for Kids and Adults First Page Submission Comp Nov 2011

- A fantastic copy of Lets Celebrate Christmas-Additive Free by Melanie Avery from Ang Hall at Bug in a Book for sharing the Magic of Christmas...and why shouldn't we?

- A copy of the irrepressible Michael Gerard Bauer's Ishmael and the Hoops of Steel, third in his Ishmael Series, for doing nothing particularly skillful other than offering to make my own gift box for the set. It's nice to enjoy a tiny flush of luck now and then.

And so as I waddle into February still bloated from my unrestrained festive feasting, I finally get around to clearing away the Christmas debris, and sorting the holiday snaps whilst clinging to the sensation of being shackle less and commitment free; but never the less, glad to be home among the flooding rains and ripening star fruit. I'm more than a little fearful of facing my Dragon and keeping my own promises.

But excited too. What has 2012 got you excited about I wonder?