Happy new year! I can’t wait to shake off this MS fatigue and get back to spending my week managing things with yoga, hydrotherapy and physiotherapy. Most of all, I can’t wait to harness the creative ideas I have floating around my head and get stuck into writing.
This time last year, I was trying to do something fulfilling with my nursing qualification. I was offered a job with Dementia UK, but it was too many hours. After a lot of soul searching, fending off negative influences from my past career and encouragement from two local writing groups, I decided to take on a BA (honours) in English Literature and Creative Writing. Part time with the Open University. Yes I looked into it thoroughly and no, it won’t affect my pension. This positive step brought me luck and I had my first publication of a short story in a nationwide magazine. Although that same magazine is now closed to submissions, I think it was a moment of serendipity that the editor accepted my writing when she did.
It is difficult and perhaps futile to plan life, but I have goals for 2017. Stay positive, self publish my short story collection ‘QUIRKY TALES TO MAKE YOUR DAY’ finish writing my book ‘1962’ … oh and train this little baby puppy girl.
2017, bring it on!
Happy new year, and happy writing, Samantha