Thursday, December 30, 2010
'Tis the Season and Links
I hope your holidays have brought you joy and lifted you as we all prepare for 2011. This year we will be seeing in the new year with Biddy which should make for a lively evening. We will all don our best and each of us will recite a favourite poem. I haven't chosen mine yet nor have the rest of the family...must set them working on it today. Life passes so quickly and I think poetry stops us in our tracks and makes us think differently even if just for a moment.
So I think New Year's Eve is a wonderful time to be 'stopped' by poetry - just before we plunge into the new year with energy. 2011 will be a big year in out house. DS1 will sitting his A levels and all being well will set off to university, DS2 will sit his GCSEs and begin to think about what is next...I have more work to do on my writing. This past year I lost my mojo and regained it. I hope that I have dug deep to hit a higher level. No one had ever said that it would be a short process and back in 2004 when I declared that my resolution was to write more I never imagine the road it would take me on...
So I am not publicly declaring my goals but I assure you I have set myself some tough targets. Since I made that declaration back in 2004, I have written six books and have rewritten them countless times now. I have learned so much and hopefully this will be an on going process with each new book and each rewrite...
So on that note, I point you in the direction of a brilliant post by Julie Cohen on rewriting.
Finally many of you know Flowerpot from the Novel Racers and her wonderful blog. On boxing day she lost her beloved husband and somehow she managed to write the most beautiful post here. As writers we write of illness and death frequently and many times struggle to convey the emotion. Her words are so beautiful and simple that they tell of a life, a love and loss that goes straight to the heart.