Happy New Year, everyone! I hope 2014 is everything you want it to be and more!
So... I took a very extended break from blogging last year, popping in and out whenever I found the time, and while I really did try my best to fit everything in, blogging was one of the things that mostly got lost amongst everything else I was doing.
Here's the thing. Every time I come back saying I promise to be better at blogging, I always fail. It's like a New Year's Resolution I make four times a year, and it pretty much falls by the wayside as soon as the words have left my mouth - or fingertips. SO, instead of that, I am going to say that from next week onwards, I plan to blog on Mondays and Fridays. That means I know when I need to post, and I will use those days to catch up on everyone else's blogs instead of trying to follow everything every day, and flailing because it's too much. See, I figure giving myself definite posting days is better than a wishy-washy promise to "try harder". The new schedule will start on Monday!
This year, I have GOT to set myself better working hours, so I know when I can be writing, when I can be working on the day job, and most importantly, when I can read and generally unwind. I need to fit more paid work in this year, which means I need to manage my time properly. I have just set up this page on my website, where I am now officially offering beta reading, proofing and editing services. It would be fabulous if you'd check it out and/or tell people about it - but you don't HAVE to. I just wanted to put it out there so you know what I'm doing. :D Also, if you are a bloggy friend and I've known you for a while, I will still edit your work for free!
In regards to actually writing - well, I need to get back on the publishing horse! I published nothing last year, which is absolutely ridiculous. I finished an MS, but it's STILL resting while I work out what I want to do with it. I am also working on Game On Book 3. While I was unsure about whether it is even interesting enough to be published, the fabulous Annalisa Crawford read it and I got in trouble for not finishing it because she wanted to read more! That is always a good thing, and a much needed boost. If I work hard, I can get Game On Book 4 out also, and as yet, I have no other brilliant book ideas so it's definitely a possibility.
In amongst all that I need to find time for my new hobby lol. Those of you who I'm friends with on Facebook will have noticed I picked up an unexpected interest in knitting! It makes me feel about five hundred years old to be doing this, but it's oddly addictive.
This was the first thing I ever knitted - and yes - I'm aware it's pretty freaking bizarre lol!
Okay, that's enough rambling from me! I am going to get back to seeking out jobs and trying to pretend Christmas isn't really over by eating mince pies and chocolates!