It’s not quite the end of all things, but it is the end of the year. And what a year it has been.
It’s the year I started this blog.
From humble beginnings of 3 followers, and lots of worry of what I should write, I made it through the year never missing a Wednesday posting. I’ve made a heap of new friends. Some who have connected on Twitter and/or Facebook. Some have become e-mail pen friends. It has been an amazing experience.
It’s also the year that I published my first book.
What a ride that has been. There is absolutely nothing more daunting than jumping in feet first and trying to market/promote a book when you’ve never done a single thing like it before in your life. But I’ve, again, met wonderful people along the way. ‘Indie’ authors who have no qualms or hesitations in giving advice and encouragement. I’ve experienced the wonder of readers who find me on Facebook to say ‘hi’ and tell me they’ve enjoyed reading Shattered. It’s been a rollercoaster of ‘wow, this is so amazing’ and ‘oh heck, what the dickens am I doing’. But it’s not been boring.
It’s the first year after reconstructive surgery and living a life which is considered ‘normal’. No more special considerations and being paranoid about getting sick from a simple drop of water. It’s a joy to be able to shower normally. Walk in the rain. Go swimming. I still think it’s wonderful, and haven’t taken it for granted yet. I’m still mending. My body is a little slow to adjust, but it has been an amazing year of ‘normality’.
It’s the year I thought I’d lose my best friend to cancer. She’s still here, and what’s more…she’s beating her illness.
It’s been a year of fights and tears, laughter and smiles, good days and days I never want to repeat. There has been such great disasters and major triumphs. And I’ve learned a lot along the way. (Some things I really could have done without learning, but I probably needed to.)
So, here’s to the end of the year.
I’m going on holidays now. A break. To a small rural heritage village with little to no internet connection. As such, I won’t be posting anything here until next year – Jan 7th – when I get back.
Have a very Merry Christmas and a safe and challenging (but not overwhelming) new year.
And thanks for being a part of my life this year.