It’s the end of the first quarter of 2015 and I must admit that my New Year’s Resolution to write for one hour every day has slipped a little. Argh! I’ve been writing in dribs and drabs but these little scraps don’t add up to one hour each day. IamnotafailureIamnotafailure I keep telling myself.
Of course I have excuses: my job with The Reader Organisation! My kids! My husband! Life! There’s no point in beating myself up, that’s just wasted energy.
More time will soon be available to me and I am starting to feel de-mob happy and frivolous about this. At the end of April, my paid work for The Reader Org will have come to an end. My work laptop, printer, and mobile phone will be returned. I’ll have more space in my house and in my head.
Until then, I’m renewing my resolve to write daily, even if it’s for five minutes. I’m not timing myself.
I’m still on track to submit something (at least one poem) for publication SOMEWHERE at least once a month.
I have seven poems out in circulation at three magazines. The Morning Star have accepted another of my poems, I’m just waiting to hear when they’ll post it. And I’m just beginning to make plans to arrange a few more readings. So not too shoddy, all things considered.
Some good things to look forward to in April:
- Ten Pre-Modern Poems by Women, a free online poetry course led by Eavan Boland, starts today
- National Poetry Month
- more poems will be posted at And Other Poems
- plus the winners of the National Poetry Competition and Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry will be announced, lots of new publications coming out, napowrimo and much more. Plus, it’s Spring in the UK (allegedly).
Three quarters of the cake still to eat. Make sure you enjoy it.