It’s one year since I posted my first blog entry!
How time flies. I could never have imagined where it would lead.
I started out with the aim of doing at least one post a week, and I’m pleased to say I’ve achieved that (and often more).
I wanted to publish some of my fiction on my blog, too – and I’ve done that.
I wanted to learn more about the craft of writing. Thanks to the support, encouragement, and advice from fellow bloggers and writers, on WordPress, Twitter, and Facebook, I have learnt a lot (I hope!)
It also led to me starting an Open University Creative Writing course in October, which runs until May and which I’ve a) enjoyed and b) found very useful.
Some things I never expected:
Writers wanting to guest on my little blog. I didn’t know about blog tours, cover reveals, and all that stuff when I started. I sure do now!
Guesting on other people’s blogs, and having them actually ask me to write articles or fiction for them. Wow!
Blog Awards. Thank you to all those who nominated me.
The amazing friendship and support from other writers. I know I keep going on about this, but I never dreamt I would meet so many great people and receive such encouragement. Thanks for your patience in answering my daft questions!
My future bloggy/writerly plans:
One thing that doing my course has taught me, is that I CAN be disciplined and make time for writing every day, unless I’m doing something extra special. So, I intend to devote just as much time to writing once my course finishes, but next year I shall be:
Writing more short fiction and flash fiction
Submitting more of the above to magazines and anthologies
Working on my novel
Still blogging at least once a week, and posting fiction on my blog
Finally, I wish to thank *gets hankies out*:
My Long-Suffering Hubby, for being there for me, supporting me in this writing venture, and bringing me cups of tea
My Bestest Bud, for the same (without the tea, but with lots of wine)
My Freaks, as hubby charmingly calls them – this refers to my rock friends and my writer friends, sometimes interchangeable. Some are online, some offline, and some both, and they are all awesome!
And finally finally, some highlights from the past year, if you like that sort of thing:
Top fiction, which also happens to be sexy, you naughty people: Wickedly Wet
Top non-sexy fiction: The Summoning
Thank you all so much!