Wednesday, 22 December 2010

The (not quite) end

Scotland May 2010

Here's a change from all the snow shots ... I've been remembering the year, and this was Scotland on a beautiful day in late May.  It's hard now to remember how green it was then!   

I’m sitting here waiting to hear from my editor about revisions on the book I handed in at the end of November and not looking forward to it, frankly.  I have a sinking feeling there may be some work involved from some cryptic references to ‘notes’ and ‘cross referencing’.  Just when I’d succeeded in putting the entire book from my mind too, and was hoping it would slip through unnoticed to mark the end of the year.  Ah, well.   You can’t win with a ‘fabulous, putting it through acquisitions asap’ every time, and on the whole I can’t complain about this year, which has had some downs, but an awful lot of ups too.

Oh-So-Sensible Secretary finds new readers in Madrid!

After much sucking of teeth and poring over weather forecasts in an attempt to predict where the snow will be, I’m planning a dash across country to Scotland tomorrow so will have to wait and see whether I can get the revisions done by tonight or will have to come home to them after Christmas.  In the meantime, I’m closing down operations until the New Year. 

... and goes to Sydney

Are you a maker of resolutions?  And a breaker or a keeper of them?  Mine don’t usually last more than a couple of days into January, but I did better this year, having vowed to get away more and have a better time.  And I do, indeed, have lots of good times to look back on in 2010 (hence the photos):  Easter in Somerset, Scotland in May, visiting my niece in Madrid, Lincoln, walking the West Highland Way and, of course, six fantastic weeks in Australia where I met up with old friends and made lots of wonderful new ones at the Romance Writers of Australia conference in Sydney.   It’s going to be hard to top that in 2011. 

The West Highland Way Sept 2010
 I’m going to have to lash myself to my keyboard next year, and my New Year resolution for 2011 is to be more self-disciplined, on every front.  If I think about everything I’ve committed myself to next year, I start to hyperventilate, so I am going to have to work a lot harder on those time management skills.  Not such an easy resolution to keep as having fun, but I will do my best … and hopefully squeeze in some more good times too.

I’ll be back in January, when we’ll see just how well I’m doing on the self-discipline front, but until then, may I wish you all a peaceful Christmas and a very, very happy New Year.



  1. Merry Christmas Jessica and I like the sound of your 'more disciplined approach' to everything next year. I'd jump on your bandwagon but I know myself too well! I have one goal for 2011: finish the book and sub it - anything else I achieve will be gravy.

    Have a lovely break and I look forward to reading your blog posts when you come back.

  2. Ooo I especially love the pictures of Oh-So-Sensible Secretary around the world! I've never been much for New Years resolutions, it seems they're almost destined to fail if I try :) I just stick with those ongoing goals, they're much safer.

    I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas Jessica!