A year of writing and a birthday

Well, this is it, one whole year of writing and it has been an intense time. I had no idea just how much I would love the idea of writing down what is in my imagination for other people to read.

what have I achieved in that time?

I managed to:

take a course with Nik Perring on how to write Flash Fiction – which helped me to…

self-publish a book of flash fiction stories – and I also managed to…

get that book on Kindle and get a few reviews – I also…

set up my blog Pen and I as a base to share all my work – and…

get published on an online site that wasn’t mine 🙂

So what are my goals for the coming 12 months?

Mainly to keep writing. I don’t actually want to set any goals (for once in my life) I just want to keep writing and doing what I can to market my blog, my stories and my book. I found out about something called Chapbooks and may write a few of those to sell/giveaway. Other than that no other plans.

I think I may need a part-time job if I truly want to focus on this without distraction just to ensure we don’t end up eating egg on toast for dinner. 🙂

Today is my birthday so I guess this is why I am reflecting on where I am and where I am going. It has taken me a Llllooooooonnnnnngggggg time to finally figure out what I want to do with my life and I am really hoping this is it. I have skipped from one thing to another, from Amway and Utility Warehouse to selling Avon, and everything inbetween. I spent years learning how to use the internet to make money and I did okay (unlike thousands of people I do actually make money) but it doesn’t make me happy.

The next year is all about getting me some happy 🙂

I need to let go of the how this will happen and allow it to happen. The how is none of my business I remind myself. The bank manager isn’t as impressed with that school of thought though. I also need to remember that I am writing because I love to but secretly I would like to be the next Kindle millionairess and live out my winters typing up stories in the Caribbean.


Describe the last time you were surprised by the intensity of a feeling you had about something, or were surprised at how strongly you reacted to something you thought wouldn’t be a big deal. Photographers, artists, poets: show us INTENSE.



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