On new year’s eve 2013 I decided not to write a list of resolutions, as I’d done in previous years, and instead composed a very short to-do list for 2014. It had just two things on it to achieve for the entire year: write the book, and stay sane. Somehow, seriously I’ve no idea how, I managed to tick both off. The book was written and self-published, then went on to be republished by Austin Macauley this year. I also entered 2015 in a very sane frame of mind, mostly thanks to the wonder that is the GAPS Diet, but that’s a whole other post!
I had grand plans this year of writing a follow up to Become the Best You, but decided against that quite early on. In April I penned a short story, and with a shaky hand, posted it on the blog. It’s one thing writing about my life, which is essentially free therapy, but it’s a very different ball game making up fiction. Friday the 13th tells Kate Jackson’s sorry tale of an affair that leads to the loss of her entire family. I’m pleased to say that it was well received, and it gave me the impetus I needed to continue with it.
My plan is for it to become a full novel, with an overview of Kate’s Story being the first chapter. You are likely to start the book hating her guts and feeling she deserves everything that’s coming to her, but if I do my job properly, you’ll end the book on her side. Full of empathy for her situation, completely understanding what drove her to do what she did.
As I already know from experience, wanting to write a book and actually doing so are two very different beasts. Also the time between banging out a first draft, and holding a published book in my hands could take years. Nevertheless I do enjoy a good challenge, and would be absolutely thrilled to get at least draft one written. This story is inside my head driving me crazy, and needs to come out!
My 2016 to do list is making me realise how much more simple my life was this time two years ago. Here it is…
– instil peace in my home
– become the best home educator I possibly can
– argue less with my husband, and have a lot more date days!
– write the book
– stay sane
– get super strict with blogging, so it doesn’t take our lives over; and continue not spending too much time on social media
– put my eldest on GAPS Intro
Quite a sizeable list I’m sure you’ll agree… Better get cracking then!