So here we are on the very cusp of Christmas and 2017! What a year it has been! My Writing in general has suffered quite horribly - but my Poetry has been pretty active, with a couple published and around 200 written - mainly haiku which mainly appears on Twitter. Well - I did say I wanted 2016 to be my Year of Poetry!
In every other aspect, 2016 has been pretty good. We moved to our lovely new house with its leaded light windows. The Young Writer group flourished and thrived and published its second book - which launches this Saturday. I realised the current Day Job is not the job for me any longer - and I discovered a number of agencies who commission freelance writers so I have signed up with a couple of them in recent weeks and we will see where we go with it. I will be getting another job, I am in no doubt about that - and the sooner, the better really. It isn't the People. The People I work with are the Best. It is the job - I am bored with it, unchallenged by it and - quite frankly - no good at it (you ask my lovely manager who has done everything she can to support and motivate me as I have struggled with it all this year). It just means that, for me, the tides are turning - it is time to Move On.
So what are my plans for 2017? I want to write another book for children. I am not sure what, how or who it will be about but I do have some ideas dancing around in my head like a neurological Strictly. And as for the Young Writers - well, I have some new activity ideas for them as well and maybe an Exhibition of Work at the latter end of next year.
For now though, I am just going to dig in my heels, sit back and enjoy the festive season - which is still and will always be - my favourite time of year. Happy Christmas - and may God bless us every one!