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Counting my blessings as another year/decade comes to an end

The book that started it all

Looking back over the decade

We’re just a couple of weeks away from the end of 2019, and also from the end of another decade. When you’re in your fifties, these years and decades seem to pass more and more quickly. But when I look back to 2009, I hadn’t even started writing at that point, so it’s been a particularly eventful decade for me from a professional point of view. I started the decade as a full-time teacher and I’ll be finishing it as a full-time author. This gives me a lot to be happy about, and it proves that persistence can pay off.

Next year, it will be five years since I self-published my first book and I have just written the first draft of my 9th! (You can see all my published books here). I never expected writing to become a career for me, but I’m very glad it did. Being able to work full-time as an author, doing what I love, and making a decent living from it, is something I’m truly thankful for. I’m looking forward to publishing my next book in 2020 and also to starting work on the one after that.

A Big Adventure

And… I have an idea for the one after that! Here’s how it came about. Every year since 1996 just after he first set up his business, my husband has gone to Los Angeles in January to attend the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) show. That was the first and last time I went with him before we had children and now that my eldest daughter has properly left home and my youngest is taking a year off before going to university, I get to go again! And I decided that if we were going to fly that far, we ought to go to San Francisco as well – we’re not getting any younger! – which means we’re off on a very big adventure in January 2020.

We fly to San Francisco first and spend a few days there before driving down the Pacific Coast Highway (a long held dream) and stopping off midway before going on to Los Angeles. I was showing my daughter the place we’d booked for the midway stop. It’s on a beach and looks amazing. And she said to me, ‘Well, that’s your next story sorted. An inn right next to the beach. What could be more romantic?!’ I’m sighing now just thinking about the possibilities. And so it begins 🙂 Look out for lots of fab photos on my instagram while we’re there.

Ever The Optimist!

This year has been a funny one for me in personal terms what with having to have major surgery in February, but I’ve come through it. You really do have to count your blessings when there’s so much sadness in the world. I’m lucky to have a wonderful family, and I’m looking forward to spending Christmas with them all. I also have friends who have looked out for me through thick and thin, and that makes me even more grateful. As you can tell, I’m an eternal optimist and I often feel that it’s my hope that keeps me going.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of my readers for their support every year, and the wonderful writing and blogging community as well. Thanks to all of you, I’m still writing and publishing many years down the line. Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas and all the very best for 2020!

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Why it’s never too late to feed your passion

Standing up for what I believe in

Yesterday, I went on the People’s March in London – my first march of my life, aged 54 and a half. In case you’re worrying that this is going to be a political post, it isn’t, honestly. Whether you agree with my view on this or not, the point I want to make is that I believe passionately in this, and I felt that at last, the time had come to be counted, and that’s why I went. There were people much older, and much younger, than me on the march but we all had the same strong belief and the feeling that gives you to be a part of that shared view is amazing.

Feeding my passion

Of course, writing is my main passion in life and I’m pleased to tell you that I’m now in a position to try again as a full-time author. Diehard fans ( 😉 ) will remember that I tried this once before after leaving my teaching job in December 2015. Back then, I had only published 1 book and although it was going well, I was also doing freelance work to top up my income. I was also unprepared for how lonely I felt after leaving my busy teaching job, so when the chance to work part-time for a local charity came up, I decided to take it. So for the past 3 years, I’ve been working part-time in the mornings and doing my writing and freelance work in the afternoons. But now, my writing career has taken off and I’m ready to give it my all. With 8 books out now, and a whole lot more learning about indie publishing under my belt, as well as a strong network of friends and family around me, I hope that this time it will be the right time for me.

Feel the fear and do it anyway!

This week, I was interviewed for the Self Publishing Show’s Spotlight podcast. I wrote in and asked to be interviewed, and was delighted when Tom Ashford, the presenter, contacted me about doing it. The format is that you’re asked 5 questions about your writing, and Tom told me it would be fairly informal. I practised for days, in the car, in the shower etc, etc, but when it came to it, I was still very nervous! Anyway, it all went okay and I don’t think I said anything I shouldn’t have but only time will tell! The show will definitely air before Christmas so keep your eyes peeled for the date.

So I will be working full-time as an author from 1 November, and I can honestly say I’m really looking forwarding to it this time. I’ve started writing my new book and while I’m already being productive in the afternoons, I know I can be even more productive if I have the whole day. Suddenly, I feel energised to make this work for me, and I want to work as hard as I can to keep my momentum going.

I hope that whatever your passion is, you manage to make time for it in your life. It has paid dividends for me to do that for mine. If you’d like to know more about my writing, please sign up for my newsletter here and grab your free copy of my novella, Before You, at the same time if you haven’t already done so.

See you next time!