Firstly, I do hope that you all had a very Happy Christmas and managed to spend time with loved ones. The last few weeks for me have been quite a nightmare. As mentioned in my last blog, my daughter Phoenix was taken ill. At first the doctors thought that she might have menengitis, but thankfully she didn’t. She has still been very ill and sadly, missed out on all the Christmas fun at school and is seeing the neurologist in January. If things couldn’t get any worse, on the Monday before Christmas, my partner Trond, was admitted to hospital in San Juan, Alicante and ended up with another stent being put in. I cannot express enough how sick of hospitals I am. My best friend, Caroline, arrived in Spain early to surprise me, and ended up looking after Phoenix and our dog Tinkerbell, whilst I was in San Juan. We also had to use their car because our car was booked in to have some work done. It never rains, it pours! Luckily, Christmas still went as planned, despite feeling exhausted.
I have looked back on this year and my greatest achievement has to be publishing my debut novel, A Few Bad Boys. Anyway, between now and New Year, I am reflecting on what my goals for next year will be. Obviously I will have to catch up on what I had planned to do, for example, updating my author pages, sorting out my Goodreads profile and finalising my book trailer for A Few Bad Boys etc. Putting these tasks to one side, temporarily, I have decided that I am going to create a better writing space in my home. Although I can write almost anywhere, I think it is crucial for me to have my own den – a place where I am surrounded by all my writing related materials. My biggest goal for 2018 will be to publish my second novel, Survival At Any Cost.
I am looking forward to developing as an author, learning more about how to market my books better and improve my techy skills. Technology seems to change daily and at times I wonder if I will ever catch up, but as long as I improve, I’ll be happy. It is so frustrating having to keep asking friends and family how to do something, especially when it is relatively basic – I really am not techy!
I was very fortunate to receive a Kindle Paperwhite for Christmas. Needless to say I am still trying to work out how to use it. It doesn’t help that I prefer to read most novel in English rather than Spanish and obviously the Kindle was purchased in Spain. I can’t wait until I have worked it out, because although I am a paperback lover, my Kindle will go everywhere with me, so I can read to my hearts content even whilst waiting to be called in to see a doctor. I haven’t yet worked out how I can read and/or write whilst I am at physiotherapy twice a week, but maybe I will just have to accept that. I adore reading different genres, so please let me know any of your favourites and I’ll have a look at some of them.
Apart from my writing goals, my personal goals will be the usual one – lose the weight gained over the Christmas season and get fit. My morning walks have sadly not happened recently since I have been nursing everyone else, but they will resume very soon. My morning walks are very important to me, both physically and mentally. Nothing beats taking a morning walk by the ocean to get my inspiration flowing. Many people have said that I am an inspiration to them so I want to carrying on inspiring people and help them achieve their goals, whether it is in writing or another field.
For me 2018 will be the year that I achieve all my goals on my 2018 vision board (which still needs to be defined), improve the health of myself, Phoenix and Trond, get rid of any negative energy around me and my family and friends, and continue with my positive outlook on life. I also hope that my son, James, will really make his mark as a DJ.
As this year comes to an end, I want to thank you all for your continued support and hope that 2018 brings you all happiness.
Until next time – keep chasing your dreams!