Ambition and drive make a welcome return

Three months. THREE months it’s been since I actually sat down and worked on anything. I know I have a valid excuse, but I’m gobsmacked that October, November and December have just whooshed past in a blizzard of getting ready for Christmas, nesting for our new arrival, and just generally being Extremely Busy (not to mention debilitating PGP/SPD).
Today, the kids have gone back to school, and it’s an absolute blessing to get back into a routine, and back to normality. December was a crazy month, what with several Christmas events and parties and birthdays and shopping and organising… the list goes on.
Perhaps this is why I suddenly have a renewed fervour to throw myself back into writing? The timing just feels slightly off though, considering the obvious impending life change in five or six weeks. Perhaps it’s because of this break, and the desire to get back to normal, which is driving me forward. I’m actually brimming with ambition this week, and long may it last.
Time for Love was rejected twice towards the end of 2014, with some very positive feedback and encouraging comments, but no specific reason for the rejection, other than it ‘wasn’t for them’.
Of course, no writer deals with rejection too well, and we’re all told that the best thing to do is just to keep on writing. But add pregnancy hormones to the mix, and – well, the confidence and desire to keep going just kind of slides off the scale in a downward splat.
Anyway, I’m pleased to say that the positivity has returned with a big beaming smile and the desire to make 2015 a successful one. It’s been a rusty start this morning, with total forgetfulness of how to send an email attachment from the iPad, and remembering where to find my contacts (of the people variety, I’m blessed with 20/20 vision), but it feels good to be back in the saddle!
January is often seen as a difficult month, where people get the January blues, no-one has any money, and it’s a bit of an anti-climax after Christmas.
So why not use the time to make some positive plans for the year ahead? You’ll feel miles better for it, I know I do.
And on a totally separate (and irrelevant) note, I really recommend wearing fluffy boot slippers while working from home. They keep you really warm and you won’t have to worry about putting the heating on (thus saving you money). If you have to share your home-working space with your spouse – like I do when he’s not on shift – tell them to get some boots of their own to avoid listening to complaints about the lack of heat (or put a sweater on). Also, (for UK peeps) to cheer you up, remember that there are a couple of council tax free months coming up. 🙂

Anyway, that’s me for today. As my motto dictates:

Dare to dream… then live it. xx

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A New Year, a new challenge (or 2!)

It’s a New Year, a new start, a promise of new beginnings and good intentions of success.
After a hiatus of a few weeks, I’m ready to start the year with renewed ambition – together with perhaps one of life’s most challenging roles a person can undertake. Because alongside the rocky road to publication, 2015 sees the arrival of our third baby – having experienced the heart-breaking time of losing our second child in 2013, who was sadly born and lost at 27 weeks.
But this is a year full of promise: the Christmas tree is down, the housework is underway and the nesting list increases as I add to it daily, with the due date looming closer (and in some respects, not close enough!).
I make no secret of the fact that it’s indeed going to be a challenging time, but we all know that the secret to success is pressure, right? 😀
Anyway, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support in 2014, because as any writer knows it’s the continued support and faith in our ability that keeps us going (I wouldn’t still be doing it without such a wonderful group of people). So, thank you, especially so to the amazing TVD ladies 😉

What are your goals for this year?