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2014

It's been an interesting year. When I said at the start of it that I wanted a greater proportion of my income to come from my writing, I didn't mean I wanted my salary halved. (Be careful what you wish for!)

Still, though. Here are the things I did in 2014 that I hadn't done before:

  • I had a couple of poems published.
  • I read one of my short stories aloud to an audience (and it was voted the evening's favourite).
  • I visited Slovakia, Hungary and Poland, albeit briefly.
  • I quit a job because I hated it, without a new one to go to.
  • I published an ebook.


Things I didn't do:

  • I didn't write anything for children. I've had little success in this area, so it's easy to be tempted away into other markets that do publish me, but I shouldn't give up so easily on a lifelong ambition.
  • I didn't have a story published by a woman's magazine. I wrote one following a brilliant one-day workshop run by Woman's Weekly, but it was rejected. Again, not an adequate reason to quit trying.
  • I didn't come anywhere near earning enough from writing to quit the day job.


And now another year hurtles towards us, with all its promise, and the potential to complete some or all of those projects that have been reaching out to tap me on the shoulder whenever I blow an evening playing Doctor Who: Legacy.

Let's go!
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Despite the horrid job, it sounds a year of great achievements.
Thanks! I'm pleased, overall, but need to keep the ball rolling on some of the new things.
Happy new year!
And to you!
Having your salary halved when you say you want to get more of your income from writing is the kind of thing that happens when you rub magic lamps.

You didn't rub a magic lamp… did you? (I assume you've heard the one about the guy with the huge orange head?)
Haha, I had not heard that one!

I do sometimes feel that my life is overseen by a mischievous genie, but it probably isn't. Probably.
Well, you're certainly a good few steps ahead of me! I know I'd love to turn Lapinity into a thriving commercial venture - perhaps 2015 will be when that comes to be. ^_^ Winning a wildlife photography competition might well help those prospects hugely, but that seems to remain elusive, for now. And there is that press agency that I need to get back in touch with, to see if they remain interested in representing Momentary - I'd be tickled pink to see it published somewhere like the Guardian. =:D

Travel, yay! Yes, that's an itinerary I'd love to enjoy. But then, there's not all that much of the world I wouldn't want to visit, especially if there were a local fur to help out with language issues, and possible cultural rules.

So, are you mad enough to try going on two motorised wheels in, say, India or Thailand? =:)
Friends did a scooter holiday in Vietnam and said it was amazing, but I am not sure!

Lapinity is a bit of a niche, but such a gorgeous one I really hope it takes off for you. I do show off your photos whenever an opportunity arises (as in See this amazing photo? I totally know the guy who took it!)
Quite the achievements this year!

Hmm. I wonder what you'd write a children's book about.
Two of my three attempts so far have involved furries/talking animals...