Welcome to the first (admittedly belated) post of the New Year! Every year I offer a wrap-up, a summary of the year gone past, tied up in a neat little bow. This time I offer 23 thoughts on this, the 23rd day of the 23rd year of this millennium / century.
Because it’s a new year, and hence changes and new beginnings are afoot.
- I do a year-end wrap-up every time. you can read all the past ones, but this year I want to do something different.
- Instead of focusing on the quantity and quality of writing, I’d like to share that my mental state has vastly improved, thanks to a combination of reasons.
- This means that though I wrote and read less, I enjoyed it even more.
- Now I understand what the quote about life in each breath rather than breaths in a life.
- Time is short and so is life.
- So, I will need to make some changes to this blog.
- And I don’t mean design, layout or any of the other funky stuff that makes blogs visually appealing.
- It’s the frequency of posting, and the kind of content.
- I will switch to posting once on the last day of the month with the main focus on writing resources, which is still in demand.
- In addition I will pop in on odd days to declare publication successes.
- On that note, I have two acceptances that brightened up my December!
- One of the stories will be published later this month and another in April.
- I’d like to send out tons of submissions for stories I wrote last year, but alas, they all await my editorial red pen.
- Fresh writing is on hold at the moment, but ideas are streaming in.
- I might also stop by to share brief reviews of books I’ve recently read and finished.
- A nice example would be the bestseller The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins.
- I swept through it in 3 days!
- A murderous twist on a favourite classic of mine, I loved it for the parallels to Jane Eyre, even though it is indeed a little predictable as the reviews accurately stated.
- I’m also reading a book by a dear friend: The Blue Bar (Blue Mumbai, #1) by Damyanti Biswas
- This is another cracker of a thriller I expect to finish by this weekend.
- Another dear friend won a contest!
- Congratulations to Maggie Nerz Iribarne for her trio of stories Three Sisters that won the contest at Defenestrationism.net!
- And that’s all I have for today!
See you next week with my usual dose of submission calls, writing tips and all things literary!
Edited to add: an earlier posting rendered some weird formatting apparently. Please do click through to the post to read it in its entirety.