Monday, 2 January 2012

Goals and Inspiration

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!


joanne fox said...

A lovely verse Rosemary. I think New Year itself is very inspiring. Have a good one. x

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Thanks, Joanne - I find it inspiring too! Hope we both are during 2012.

Frances Garrood said...

Happy new year, Rosemary. You certainly seem to have plenty to keep you occupied!

Vikki said...

I like the quote. I hope all your dreams come true in 2012 and I'm looking forward to reading your next Regency so hurry up and finish it:) x

Rosemary Gemmell said...

And to you, too, Frances!

Thank you, Vikki - I'm trying!

Patsy said...

Best wishes with all your goals.

The Pen and Ink Blog said...

We are doing resolutions. May all your best dreams come true.

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Thanks, Patsy - you too!

Thank you, penandink - will check it out!

Joan Fleming said...

I really liked your verse, Rosemary. I hope you reach all the goals you've set yourself for 2012.

Michael Malone said...

Here's to you, rosemary. Have a fabtastic 2012!

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Hi Joan - thank you. Same to you!

Thanks Michael - I suspect you're going to have a brilliant year!

myraduffy said...

..and I can't believe how quickly January is going!