One can measure achievements in many ways – success, money, popularity, even by the amount of followers on your social media, all of which I am currently lacking. Am I bothered? Face? Bothered? No.
Achievements are more personal, more attributable to oneself. They are our goals, our landmarks, our reasons to stand up proudly and say: “I did that.”
So, with that in mind, I’ve been taking stock of what’s going on in my writing life and, I have to say, I’m quite pleased with how it’s going. I have my first book – Tharblood: Kings and Seers – in the hands of a few literary agencies and work is well under way on the second instalment.
I am also co-writing a script for an upcoming film produced by a local charity https://twitter.com/arts_afan?lang=en which is at the “hush-hush, can’t-tell-you-or-I’ll-have-to-kill-you” stage. It’s an exciting project with which I am delighted to be involved.
I am also busy networking and looking to create a beta-reader group where writers can share their work and receive helpful feedback from other writers. Many thanks are due to Instagram friends https://annieparnell.com/and http://www.juliablakeauthor.co.uk for their invaluable help and advice. This is also propelling me towards a local writers’ group where I may well make a nervous first appearance this week.
On top of that, I’m a few weeks away from completing a 12-week college course on Creative Writing at https://www.nptcgroup.ac.uk/courses/creative-writing-short-course/ which has been thoroughly enjoyable and enormously helpful.
I also have a blog – this one, which I have neglected (Sorry!) but which I plan to work on more regularly and hope to share more of my short stories and inane ramblings in the near future.
On the home side of life, the Ketogenic life is still going well. Nearly 10 months on and my weight is down to 15 st 0 lb, a loss of 52 lbs, and I feel healthier – off omeprazole, off citalopram and off alcohol… no, that should read ‘off to buy alcohol’.
My achievements and I’m happy with that. For now.