Welcome to 2012!
I love the anticipation of a new year, with all the possibilities that lie before us if we grasp them as they arise, or as we seek new directions. So, as you can see, my first task was to create a slightly new look to the blog to freshen it up a little.
I don't make resolutions any more, but instead try to set a few writing goals. My mainstream novel is out searching for an agent at the moment, and two short stories made their way out at the very end of the year. But this year, I must get that second Regency period novel finshed, polished and sent out as soon as possible - that's the priority. Then I hope to finish writing a children's novel, while redrafting another. Also have a few specific short stories and articles to write and send out. Meantime, I have a competition to finish judging for a writing group, and then I'll have another to start judging in late January. Plenty to keep me out of mischief!
For inspiraton, I adore quotations and short verses and have been writing down many of them in a little notebook over the years. Here's the one I like to read at the start of a new year - taken from the front of a birthday card I was given years ago. Unfortunately, it was anonymous.
'Stretch for a sunbeam, reach for a star -
go for a beautiful dream.
Pick out some wishes, no matter how far
or how hard to reach they may seem.
Cherish some hopes that are dear to your heart -
and as a new year comes into view,
treasure and keep them, and know from the start
that this year you can make them come true.'
Have a wonderful year making those dreams come true!