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A Word A Day…

January 1, 2013

I was given a neat ‘a word a day’ desk calendar for Christmas so will try to share it with you each day. Here’s hoping this lasts with all my other projects for this year!

inchoate (adjective) in-koh-it

Definition: 1. to be in an initial or early stage; just begun. 2. imperfectly formed or formulated

Such an apt word for the start of our New Year, where resolutions, goals and aspirations are foremost in our minds. We hope for many things for ourselves and our loved ones at this time of year but what puzzles me is why this hope does not continue throughout the year? Maybe we should make each month a beginning instead of laying all our aspirations into January?

Make a goal for each month instead, that way we know we can achieve at least twelve goals! I would love you to share your ‘goals’ – it will be fun to compare.


My list goes something like this –

  • actively seek freelance work
  • revise NaNoWriMo novel into an educational book
  • plan a trip to England
  • blog more often
  • increase my ‘social media’ presence


2012 in review

December 30, 2012

A personal thank you to all my wonderful followers…see you in 2013 for bigger and better blogging and sharing of our writing journeys.The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,900 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 5 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

My Followers…thank you.

January 1, 2012


On the first day of 2012 I would like to send special thanks to all my followers for your kind comments and for joining me on my writing journey. Some were more frequent than others, however I treasure all the links with fellow writers – it is the sense of community that binds us.

So thank you – Linda, Dream Write Publishing, Twilla, Tracy, Sharon, Messenger, Lynn, Lisa, Lapdog, Seymour, Austin, littleburstsofinspiration, writer jobs, oasiss, sillyfrogsusan, laurastanfill, Austin, 365andMe, Ophelia, Subhaker Das, wildhorse.
I hope you and many others chose to return to share their experiences and thoughts.
Happy New Year – may it bring an abundance of words.

Challenging Myself…

January 13, 2011

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Thirteen days into the New Year and already my objectives for this year are piling up. I have one novel to revise and edit, another which needs research and illustration and one to be submitted to several publishers. No I don’t ‘rest on my laurels’!!

I am really looking forward to my writer’s foundation’s conference, which will be held in April. As a board member I am busy organizing for this event and was very pleased to secure a speaker. I found her on face book and after several ‘chats,’ I enquired if she would like to present at our conference. She jumped at the idea. Another virtual friend, from Nevada, is also attending so I will have a houseful of authors – so exciting. Just one small problem – I need to turf out my son for that weekend – any takers?

What objectives have you got for this year? A writing life is always full of possibilities and creativity – please share yours.

Happy Writing.

I Did It…!

November 28, 2010

I have finally reached my goal in NaNoWriMo 2010 – the feeling is one of relief, excitement and pure bliss. Now I can have a rest until the new year when the editing work will begin.

My thoughts are with my fellow NaNo’ers who are still racing to the finish line. I have every confidence that they will succeed and that they too will know this wonderful feeling of accomplishment.

Thank you all for your kind support and gentle persuasion when I needed it.

Onward and upward to a new novel.

My idea for a book cover.

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