I’ll let you into a secret – I’m a real softy. Actually this probably isn’t much of a secret as anyone who has ever watched a TV wedding with me will attest to. I get misty-eyed over things, I’m nostalgic and when people are lovely it brings a lump to my throat. The effect is enhanced if I’ve had even the smallest sip of something alcoholic (I’m a total lightweight), or if there are candles lit or if it’s Christmas.. then if people are lovely I get the urge to say “You guys!” and then burble incoherently about how wonderful they are.
Anyway, ‘what does this his have to do with writing?’ you may be thinking. Well this – it’s Christmas, there are candles lit, I’ve had a glass of mulled wine (you get the picture) and I’ve been thinking about how much I love our little linky. Over the last three months ‘What I’m Writing’ has had so many lovely writers and bloggers link up to share such a range of wonderful, inspiring and honest posts and it’s just been great. Yes, I’m feeling all “you guys!” about you all and I thought, since it was Christmas, the season of sentimentality and all things snuggly and good, I would tell you. I find you all inspirational. Reading how you are getting on with your writing, and all the wonderful comments I’ve had on my posts has really spurred me on. Thank you so much. And thanks especially to Chrissie for being a fabulous co host and always being on the other end of FB messenger any time I need to throw creative ideas or writing-related angst about!
So, what have I been writing this week? Not much to be honest (the festive season is already getting under way and eating my time accordingly) but I have been thinking and planning for the new year. I’m not certain what decisions I’m going to make but I have some ideas bubbling and think I might set myself one or two new challenges – exciting!
I will also certainly be continuing to write my picture books and searching for an agent (and while we’re on the subject of agents I reviewed the Agent Hunter website the other day – worth a read if you’re looking for an agent or a publisher). I should really get back to my novel too – I can’t just leave it hanging at 55,000 words with my central character in peril, can I?!
But before all that: Christmas and some time off blogging I think. Come the end of the week I’m going to be covered in boys and I want to enjoy a lovely family Christmas with them. Boys one and two are already really excited and singing carols almost constantly (my second son never stops singing at the best of times), so much so that the baby at only 21 months is spontaneously bursting into bouts of ‘Jingle Bells’ at the slightest provocation. It’s noisy, it’s hectic, it’s lovely and I want to be fully part of it and not have half an eye on my blog or twitter or whatever.
I’ll probably still write though… won’t I? Between the massive feasting and the socialising and the christmas-film watching and present-unwrapping there’s bound to be the odd moment of peace where I can pick up a pen. Perhaps. We’ll see. I’ll report back from the other side!
Happy Christmas lovely people. May your days be merry and bright.