Over the last year I’ve been so busy working on my novel full time that I let other submissions slip. Into complete non-existence.
Towards the end of 2011, I started to feel off-kilter, a little awkward overall, and I couldn’t put my finger on the reason why. That was until a friend asked me this vital question:
“When was the last time you had anything published, anyway?”
That’s when the diatribe about being so focused on my book began. And when the realisation that it had been a long time – too long, in fact – hit. Square in the face.
So, at the start of 2012, I vowed to make sure I complete submissions as well as work on a new novel. Thankfully; this has paid off. Not only am I brimming with ideas, my enthusiasm has exploded and I’m writing more than ever.
In addition: I’ve just got something published. It’s not a giant leap, but after hiding away for so long, it feels very liberating. If you’ve got a few minutes to spare, you can read my short story Conjoined over on Beat The Dust.
Like I say, it’s been a while so I’m a little nervous; but I’d love to know what you think! <Insert can of worms here>
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Thanks to everyone who has sent me comments via Twitter, Facebook and email; the time you’ve spent 1) reading my piece and 2) giving me feedback, is much appreciated.