It’s that time of year again when we look back at what has passed and then towards the future. For me this is going to be a difficult post because I usually like to keep my posts reasonably short, but a lot has happened and I have a lot planned out in front of me. A lot I’m looking forward to and a lot I hope you will be with me for.
This Past Year.
Lets cover the obvious and visible first. The illness. Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. There is much I’ve not told you about this past year and still can not say, but there is hope for some resolutions, finalisations, support but there are also challenges ahead, as there always will be with this. But the challenges are steep and involve huge issues with my head and neck/cervical spine, but as always, I just keep putting one foot in front of the other because I damn well have a life of some description to live. I will, because I want to raise awareness, tell you as much as I can, when I can.
Now for the fun stuff. The writing, the blogging, social media and friendships. It’s been a great year.
The Crime book club has continued to meet through Google+ Hangouts, so real-time meetings can happen regardless of geographical boundaries. And boy do we have some geographical boundaries, UK, US, France and Australia are regular attenders. It’s a slow grower but we’re regular and we have fun. We also don’t worry about reading what’s popular at the minute, we like to think outside the box sometimes and have had some interesting discussions because of that. It’s a fun group. You can see the list of meetings on YouTube HERE.
I have increased my blogging activity from inconsistent to posting 5 days a week, Monday to Friday. The series, What’s Your First Draft Like? has been a success this year with a post nearly every Friday, bar a couple, and it’s still going strong. I’ve started a new series for book cover reveals where the authors answer questions about the cover and book. And I’ve overhauled the blog look and feel, hopefully making it feel, sleeker, more streamlined, organised and nice to look at.
Oh yes, I released a book this year. What, you didn’t know? Shallow Waters was released, Monday 22nd December and has had some great reviews so far. I’m absolutely thrilled with how it’s doing. I want to thank everyone who has supported me in whatever way, because it means so much, and I am so very grateful. So a huge thank you!
The Year Ahead.
I have plans for 2015. Lots and lots of plans. And plans that I can carry out in a paced fashion as my body dictates to me. So what are these plans?
The blog is going to continue the course I have now set it on. I am going to post 5 days a week, discussing, books, First drafts, the Crime Book Club, my health occasionally, I’ve been asked to do a small series of posts on the actual specifics of self publishing; so how-to upload to kindle etc. My Recently Read posts; I fully intend to try harder to widen my reading horizons. I am also going to sign up to do more of the free Future Learn courses so will include those in the blog topics. So as you can see, nothing changes, I’m pretty much going to keep blogging about anything that pops into my head!
What is interesting about 2015 and blogging is that I am now going to be a contributing blogger on another WordPress blog, where once a month I will do a book review post. My first post on Sourcerer is Monday 19th January and will be the third Monday of each month. I’ll be blogging about crime fiction and any other genre I happen to be reading, and as I say, I will be reading wider this year. Feel free to join me and cheer me on, especially my first day on the new job! I’m really excited about it. Branching out. Not just being in my own little corner of the blogging universe. It’ll be strange. I’ll be the new girl in school.
Now, I do generally have plans afoot for my whole social media platform. Monday night I sat down with a notebook and pen and wrote a plan of each area and where I wanted to go/wanted to do. Being disabled enough to prevent me traipsing all over without a full-scale itinerary first and then a plan for a two-day lie down means my social platform is my window to the world and in reverse, the world’s window to me. So now we have our window’s in place, we need to know what we all want to be looking at.
I have a YouTube channel where I have the Book club’s playlist and then another couple of videos I have uploaded. I am going to make more of YouTube and I have plan on what content I am going to put on there, so without spoilers, just lets say, lookout for that.
There is also going to be a Newsletter campaign that will run in the New Year. It will be fun and interesting and instead of bogging down this post even further, I’ll leave it for another day, but you can subscribe to the newsletter HERE.
As for the writing, I am looking forward to starting back to work on Hannah Robbins #2 next week and hope to have it ready to go in six months time.
All that’s left for me to say is thank you for being here with me. I’ve loved being a part of this social community with you. I am looking forward to the next 12 months (well, most of it anyway) and hope to see you all along the way. If you have any questions, ideas or anything else you want to say, you can get a hold of me on the contact form above.
Thank you for a great 2014, here’s to a better 2015. Wishing you all the best.