you guys #WhatImWriting

photo (8)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.

12 thoughts on “you guys #WhatImWriting

  1. Iona@redpeffer

    Happy Holidays! Yes, a couple of weeks off is most definitely the way to go-cant wait for some refreshing time away from it all to re-ignite the ideas and enthusiasm (hopefully!) It’s a lovely linky and thank you both for hosting x

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  2. Mummy Tries

    Thank you lovely Maddy for being so fab! The little community formed through What I’m Writing has definitely helped me during my various writing stages. Have yourself a wonderful holiday, hope you and the boys have a truly magical time. Love and hugs xxx

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    1. Maddy Post author

      So glad the linky has helped you – get the feeling it’s helped us all which is fab. I love our little community. Thanks for being our number one linker, first off the blocks every week! Have a very lovely Christmas too! xx

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  3. Nicola Young

    So sorry not to link up today. Couldn’t get a writing related post together because I’ve been so busy. Thank you for all your hard work putting this link together. It’s been an inspiration to connect with everybody. At the moment I am falling flat on the inspiraiton front and definitely in need of a break. All I can think about is what’s going on this week and next and what I haven’t managed to do yet. Have a great christmas.

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    1. Maddy Post author

      No worries at all about not linking up – it’s such a busy time. Thanks so much for linking all those other weeks! Enjoy your break and I’m sure inspiration will hit after a little down time. xx

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  4. Sara (@mumturnedmom)

    Thank you for this linky Maddy (and Chrissie!), I have absolutely loved taking part, and reading everyone else’s posts has become something I really look forward to. A couple of weeks off sounds wonderful, and I plan on much the same, although I can’t imagine I will switch off completely… but scheduling a few things over the next few days is my plan :) Looking forward to 2015! I’ve linked up my blog birthday reflections on my year of writing, hope that’s okay xx

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    1. Maddy Post author

      Your birthday reflections post is great – thanks for linking. So glad you’ve enjoyed the linky and hope you manage some decent time off too. Have a wonderful Christmas. xx

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  5. Emily Organ

    Thank you to you and Chrissie for running the linky, I’ve also find it a great help with my own writing as sitting at a keyboard and writing is extremely solitary as we all know. Have a lovely Christmas, it sounds like you’re in the mood for it already. Enjoy! xx

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    1. Maddy Post author

      So glad you’ve found the linky helpful. It is so nice to feel like part of a community as a writer. Thanks for linking up every week. Happy Christmas! xx

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  6. Chrissie Metcalf (Kristina)

    Aw, lovely post. Enjoy! I’m definitely feeling all “you guys” at the moment. So, so much has happened. Thanks to you too for always being there when I’ve had to dump stuff out of my slightly manic head and for agreeing that the linky was a good idea in the first place haha. So much work went in to setting it up and it shows in the quality of the posts and the wonderful group and comments.

    We done good. Xx

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