2008: A Review

I usually do this on the 31st December, but I gave in to the lethargy which has plagued me since Boxing Day and spent most of the day in bed! I’d like to make the most of this Blog in case it disappears soon.

Prior to writing this post, I took a look back at 31st December 2007 and, like that year, 2008 has been a year of extremes. We began the year like a lot of people will in 2009, in a very precarious position: neither of us working and hoping for better times. Yet again, during these bad times, family and friends were invaluable to us, and helped us through it. I did very little in the earlier part of the year, as I was scared I would jeopardise my health prior to the charity abseil we signed up for in June. As regular readers will know, we did it, and raised a respectable sum for various charities – I was just glad not to let everyone down, and did feel like I’d achieved something, although it hasn’t helped me conquer my fear of heights! I did the odd book-related event, which I enjoyed, but it began to feel more fraudulent, as I’d stopped writing. Although I was an author, I was no longer a writer, so what business did I have talking about writing?

A bit of luck in the summer, meant the world to me, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. It gave me an, albeit temporary, sense of security, and made it possible for me to repay some of the kindness I had been shown by others. Nothing beats that feeling.

Towards the back end of the year, I slowed down again. I tried NaNoWriMo, but was (yet again) scuppered by illness. I also think I was lacking in motivation. I was all geared up for Christmas, so took things gently. It’s tough missing out on parties, cinema trips, ice-skating, and general festivity, but if it meant I could enjoy the day itself with my family, it was worth it.

As for the book, you’ll recall I still haven’t been paid. I need to either sort it or put it behind me. A resolution? Perhaps…

I haven’t made firm resolutions, to be honest, as many of the things I’d like to do require a source of money. I’d love to learn to drive; I’d like to reconnect with old friends (after reading the excellent ‘Friends Like These’ by Danny Wallace); I want to see ‘Look Who’s Stalking’ in print (even if it’s just me having printed it off my computer) but most of all, I’d like my family and friends to be happy and healthy. New Year is all about hope, and I hope that 2009 brings you everything you wish for…and perhaps some good things that you never dared to wish for!car hire bulgaria HAPPY NEW YEAR!