Time for the 2022 Review…

So far…

2022 has been a mixed year for me.

A sky like my 2022…

The year began with a coherent plan, then life dropped large boulders across my path. I had an alternative route- it wasn’t ideal, but better than nothing.

There was time spent in the garden getting fresh air and exercise: early in the year I dug up the rhubarb crowns, split them and replanted the best four pieces.

I’ll find out whether the effort was worth it in Spring 2023, when I pick a few stems.

Next Year’s Rhubarb…

Apart from a few failures because of the extreme heat, my fruit and vegetable growing went well, especially the tomatoes.

But, writing was hard. Those life events ( boulders) made creativity a struggle.

I succeeded in getting my partial submission into the RNA’s New Writers’ Scheme by the end of the July deadline.

But, it was an alternative novel, an early first draft of a future project (a plot still under construction in my mind, and characters I’ve not got to know well enough, and research remaining to be done).

Most of my trips away from home have been get-togethers with other romance writers in Nottingham, and Leicester. The support and encouragement of other writers is crucial. So, a big thank you to the Nottingham Story Weavers, and the Belmont Belles and Beaux (the Leicester RNA Chapter).

There were a couple of weekends away to Yorkshire/Lancashire to see family. Plus potential photo opportunities. A change of scenery is always good.

In the park…

Early December, I missed all the Christmas parties due to train strikes, and then Covid- it left me tired, so I’ve spent the Christmas holidays resting, and reading numerous books on my Kindle.

Aims for 2023…

I’ll be working to complete the (current) draft of my contemporary romance novel in 2023. I know where the story is going, and what needs doing.

Meanwhile, I’ve dug out my mix of short stories from back-up discs and memory sticks. I’ll rewrite some, while others need editing. They’re a, as and when, side project for 2023.

I’d like to write some 450 word stories, but that’s a random time item.

I have plenty to keep me busy without adding more.

Changes…

The major change for the coming year, I’m not continuing in the RNA New Writers’ Scheme.

I’ve learnt a lot, and I’m grateful to those readers who’ve read my manuscripts, and given me valuable advice and important insights to help me improve my writing.

The plan…

Being flexible is my key phrase for 2023.

I’m also going to resume noting my word count- as I used to do. Seeing the total increasing or remaining static is helpful and can act as a spur when needed.

That’s my writing resolutions for 2023.

Happy New Year…

Out and About…

Since September, I’ve been getting out from home more often- still wearing my face shield and using hand sanitiser.

Many of the regular writer meetings that were part of my life before the pandemic have resumed; Nottingham Writers’ Club, the Nottingham Story Weavers (Nottingham Chapter of the Romantic Novelists Association) and last Friday the Leicester RNA chapter, the Belmont Belles and Beaux, met up.

I’ve not been to Leicester for almost two years, nor on a train for that amount of time. I was a little apprehensive about travelling on the service heading for London, even though I was only going four stops on the quicker journey. So I opted for first class- an unfamiliar experience.

I’d also also forgotten how long the station platforms are!

At Leicester, it’s a short walk to the Belmont, and apart from a couple of shop fronts being revamped, and the cycle track now in action, everything was familiar.

The Belmont- from summer 2019

It was wonderful to all be together again. Chatting and catching up on how our writing is going, new books and more. You could feel the energy in the airy room.

Members of The Belmont Belles & Beaux RNA chapter – November 5th 2021

And if you’re wondering what the book titles are, here’s another image so you can put them on your to-buy list…

Books by the Belles…

I returned home with renewed enthusiasm for my novel, and looking forward to the next gathering in 2022…

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