First off – happy Yule to you all! I hope you each had a wonderful time with plenty of food and drink, cheer and laughter and a huge amount of love.
Rather like a lot of other bloggers at the moment, I’m saying goodbye to 2011 and hello shiny new 2012. And like Janus, who presides over gateways, I’m looking back over 2011 and forward to 2012.
2011 was a turbulent year, with a lot of hard work towards a teacher training course, the messy business of finding a job (which, thankfully, I managed to do), doing two jobs for a while and then falling ill.
It’s strange, but I keep thinking that I didn’t achieve anything this year, because I did little to no writing on my novel-in-progress and hardly any sewing, at all. I kind of forget that I didn’t just scrape by on the bare minimum teaching qualification, I actually challenged myself to study for a higher level than the one I needed (I did a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education with some modules at Master’s level, rather than the slightly lower level Professional Graduate Certificate in Education) and I didn’t just do enough to pass, I bloody passed with flying colours (if I do say so myself). I worked really hard and that seems to have paid off, with getting a teaching job, despite cuts in funding, and receiving lots of glowing feedback on my teaching. So to think I didn’t achieve anything is, I suppose, being rather harsh on myself!
Let’s gloss over the whole sorry business of being ill, because I feel that I’ve gone on about that more than enough. I’ll just say that, again, I have to be a bit more gentle on myself because of this horrible bump in the road that has definitely affected my productivity.
As for 2012 … Well, we never really know what the future will hold, but I have plans for my sewing and writing, which should hopefully come to fruition.
I had such great intentions for writing over December and January, but then I came to and realised that I’ve (and this is very embarrassing) forgotten bits of my story! How shameful! But I suppose it’s to be expected, when I haven’t worked on it for a very. Long. Time. Indeed. So, first, I need to read back over the first 50,000 words of A Thief and a Gentlewoman and The Plan and get myself re-acquainted with Quin and her world. That is the first order of the year, and after that, it’s write, write, WRITE!
Well, I have a lot to do, but first I’ve got some New Year’s Eve celebrating coming my way.
Wishing you all a fabulous and joyous New Year – love Clare. x