Everything, that’s what.
Nearly a month down the line from my last blog and I am at ‘The End’. I actually feel quite triumphant with everything that is going on in my life at the moment. Funnily enough, sitting with a sleeping cancer patient (my Dad) while my Mum has a well-deserved break has given me lots of time to write, by hand too, another phenomenon to me; I am so used being glued to my laptop.
We have had half-term in the past few weeks too which brought about an overdue catch-up with Teresa Morgan. All our boys had a fab time bouncing about at Jumptastic, an indoor trampolining centre, local to me. We talked writing, agents and publishing (Teresa is my inspiration along with a few others for making it from the New Writers’ Scheme into publication) but we talked personal lives too and I realised that in the past five – six years, so many of my former New Writers Scheme fellows (for they are almost all published now bar me 🙂 ) have become true friends. In fact, both Alison May and Kate Johnson came to my wedding in 2014. I have made many friends through our unofficial RNA Worcester Writing Group, the Anti-Doubt Crows and have been overwhelmed with kind messages of support with my writing and personal matters recently.
My life goal is to be a published author. One day, I hope I will make it. I will keep persevering (even though it is most frustrating at times!); I’ve even drawn up an ‘editing schedule’ to get this current manuscript off to the NWS by April because the sooner it’s critiqued, the sooner I can edit once more and send off to publishers and agents. But – and it’s a big ‘but’ because I hope I do get there eventually – should I never be published I would certainly have gained a lot from being an RNA Member. There is no other family quite like it. No other family which makes you feel quite so welcome.