Friday, 31 December 2010

Year's end

All over the world, people are wondering where on earth 2010 went, and I'm no exception. Another New Year's Eve? Doesn't seem possible - surely it's at least three months too soon!

All the same, it's been quite a year, and for me, another year of change. The book I started writing last June  was published this September in the UK, and just this month in the USA. I have a story in the current issue of  Out of the Gutter (which means my year has been topped and tailed with stories in OOTG, as I had a piece in the last one, too) and I currently have a wee festive flash over at Do Some Damage. My story The Black Dog was one of three selected as winners in a ghost story writing competition run by the Lit and Phil in Newcastle. I'm currently working on a rough draft of the novel I mostly wrote during NaNoWriMo to get it up to scratch for submission. Prompted by Paul Brazill's  interview and egged on by others, I established this blog and my story blog. I have a nice bit of freelance work to see me out of this year and into next.

As well as writing, I picked up jewellery making again. I opened a little shop on Folksy and started going to craft fairs to sell my creations. Those two things - writing and crafting - will come together at the Maker's Market craft fairs next month, in an exciting and innovative initiative I'll be blogging about very, very soon. Which leads me to another thing - I've met some amazing people this year, for which I am extremely grateful.

There have, of course, been disappointments, things which didn't work out as hoped and planned, but whilst I aim to learn from them, I don't intend to dwell on them. Rather, I'm working out what needs to happen in 2011 to keep things moving forward. I don't have a shortage of plans and ideas, I just need to get things into some sort of order.

So, as we each look back and reflect on 2010, and look forward and speculate on what 2011 might bring, let's raise a glass. I don't think next year is likely to be an easy one for most of us, but that doesn't mean it has to be a bad one. My year will, whether 'successful' or not, undoubtedly involve yet more change. Whatever you are planning, hoping for or aiming to achieve, I wish you the very best of luck. Cheers!


  1. Hey, Monkey Hanger, happy New Year yourself! I'm not far enough along the coast to be a Sandie - I'm a Mackem, tha knaas. :)

  2. Hi Julie,

    I just wanted to say thank you for your kind comment over at DSD. I thought your effort was a cracker BTW.

    I'm following your blog now and look forward to catching up on your writing - past and what's to come.

    Wishing you all the best for 2011.

  3. Hi Alan

    Thanks for the kind words. :) The DSD series has been great fun, hasn't it? I'm looking forward to reading more of your stories, too. Love the style!

    Right - back to work. Busy writing a training exercise. No rest for the wicked, eh! All the best!