As 2013 winds down, I guess it is only natural to reflect on the year that is has been. In this case, I am more interested in talking about what it wasn’t. 2013 was the last year of my very first ever 5-year plan and the first year to end without a distinct book publishing plan since 2007.
In fact, 2013 is the year I have spent the least time writing than in the last 5 years. I completed work on the 1st draft of my current novel in March and resolved to leave the manuscript well alone while I travelled. A mission I successfully achieved until I began with the re-write on 1 December.
In some ways it as felt really strange not having a writing project pre-occupying my every quiet moment. This in itself is a testament to just how thoroughly one can re-programme one’s self in just a few months. For the preceding decade and a half, no such pre-occupation has ever bothered me, despite my always explicitly stated desire to write. Now I am writing… even a 6 month hiatus feels wrong!
And yet I have so much. Not least of which is an abiding sense of peace that, while I no longer how this particular idea of mine is going to play out, I am a writer and that skill and passion never goes anywhere, even when I don’t do it for 6 days, 6 months, a year… I have 3 of my very own books out there, 3 more that I dreamed up and got out there, at least another 4 more than contain my work. The road is undertaken. I await the next bend, dip or rise.
But in the meantime, it is nearly Christmas. It is over a year since my poetry book, For You Or Someone Like You came out. I know that many of you were never able to get your hands on a physical copy while I was in South Africa. So this is also just a reminder that the poetry book is also now available online from Amazon http://amzn.to/13hpRYI and from Kobo books http://bit.ly/XuerZE .
You can also still order a physical copy and CD from my website here http://bit.ly/10osyBg
It would be a nice Christmas present from you to me if I sold a few more of those at the end of this year I. As far as next year goes, I still don’t know what the plan it. I need to do something with my novel; I just don’t know what yet. I don’t even really know where I will be yet. Rest assured tough, if you are reading this blog, you’ll be among the first to know!