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.
I went on a bit of a rampage trying to relocate my identity (not realising I hadn’t even lost it), and desperately tried to get a part-time job, just to remind myself that I was capable of something, anything. But I continuously hit a brick wall due to being pregnant. Legally, companies can’t discriminate against pregnancy and maternity, but to be fair, I can understand why they wouldn’t want to employ someone who would be needing time off in 3 or 4 months (which is what it was back then).
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 on my chosen career path. 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