Monday, 3 January 2011
WISHIN' AND HOPIN'
2010 was a momentous if somewhat trying year for me: there was divorce and remarriage; lots of travel; my novel You coming out and all that goes with that; cars stolen and in permanent crisis; the house both cluttered and falling apart; a lot of time on my own with the 3 kids.
I'm hoping for more clarity in 2011 - to feel more on top of things, especially my writing. I have been wondering why I feel so fuzzy all the time and have come to the (rather obvious) conclusion that it's nappy brain. When you have a baby in nappies, life is insanely busy and distracted. Time compresses into a blob of doing lots for others - there's no such thing as spare time. So I have written less and blogged less but I'm not unhappy about what I've achieved. I just long to be doing more.
I have 10 hours a week to write. I have to use some of that for work on the CW students who I supervise in their novel writing. I love that and it pays, but it means I write less. Somehow (how?) I need to use all of the rest of my time for my own new novel. I want to get so stuck into it that it haunts me. That's my Big Hope for this year: to get this new novel done in a way that even semi pleases me. That, and to earn more money.
Pleasingly there's an expanded edition of my second short story collection To The World of Men, Welcome due out in April from the inimitable Arlen House. I have a poetry collection, The Juno Charm, due out with Salmon in November too. So it will be another busy year. I LOVE busy, but mostly I hope and wish to be busily distracted with the novel.
Happy new year, all! I hope whatever you are wishin' and hopin' for comes true.