Monthly Archives: January 2014

To Infinity and Beyond

imagesXBA7BYPCNew Year is the time when we look back on what has been and look forward to what might be. Both can bring about tears – of happiness or of sorrow.
I don’t want to be dreary but in some respects, 2013 was a bad year for me. I lost three things – a good friend to cancer, my publisher Pear Jam Books and my long-time and trusted companion Milly the fox terrier. Some of these events were expected, some were not and some I thought I would never get through but the resilience of human nature ensures that we do.
I gained three things too – my own publishing company, Standfast Publications, a new grandchild (still percolating at time of writing) and a daughter’s engagement. These things should offset the losses but somehow the losses always seem to dominate when you look back at a year in review. Even newspapers and magazines bring out a list “who did we say goodbye to in……” *insert year here* Let’s face it, bad news sells.
But let’s not dwell on the negative. The year that was 2013 is over and 2014 has just began and I find myself facing the New Year with much enthusiasm (no doubt buoyed by the thought of my first grandchild and a wedding to look forward to) Is this the year when it all turns around for me?
Who knows? We can only do what we can do with what resources we have in the time we have allocated for it. Taking part in NaNoWriMo last November taught me that there are a lot of things I don’t need to be doing if I want to be writing. And lots of books/blogs etc convince me that I might just make out there in the ebook world if I just hit the right marketing platform – the elusive writing Eldorado.
And while I continue to breathe, I will continue to write and, if only one person comes back to me and says “I loved your book!” I know I will have done something right, if only for that one person.
So my mantra is: Life is a journey, not a destination. I journey on.


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