I did it.
52 weeks of short stories, blogs and the odd poem or two.
I was a little late sometimes – so the gaps between postings is sometimes less than a week – sometimes more – but I did it.
We’ve all been saying what a lousy year 2016 has been – and to be fair to those who died and those who grieve for them – it has been pretty lousy.
Good things have happened too but as always – we overlook the good and dwell on the bad.
So let’s not.
In 2017 I do not intend to set myself any resolutions – because I invariably lose interest in them or forget about them until April – by which time it is a bit late for this New Year and too early for the next.
Last year I finally settled with my ex-employer and used some of the settlement to join a gym. On our induction day I met a rather wonderful young woman who has become my personal trainer and motivated me to lose almost two stone and improve my fitness to the point that I only need my walking stick for urban route marches – I use the hiking poles for more foot-friendly territory. I’ve also started Pilates classes – I can actually kneel on my arthriticky knees, and my balance has improved to the point where I rarely fall over – unless Scooby gets under my feet!
Regaining my fitness and losing weight is an ongoing aim – and after the Christmas and New Year hiatus it is back to the gym tomorrow – with a vengeance.
2017 also brings an end to my being a kept woman – I will be earning a crust again soon and able to make a financial commitment to our household again. The best thing is – it still leaves me time to spend with my lovely Hub, get back to editing the stuff I’ve written and continue with the gym. No office politics to contend with and I don’t have to answer the phone within three rings – so ner.
I’ve made some new friends in connection with my re-awakened political conscience – lost a couple too but we are all entitled to our own opinions and I will follow the path that feels most natural and logical to me.
I don’t believe in greed and selfishness – especially when it causes suffering to others.
I want the NHS to belong to all of us – not to big businesses who only care about their profit margins.
I want us to help the homeless, the sick and disabled, those who really cannot find appropriate work and those who have had to come to our country in order to escape warfare and persecution.
I will continue to fight prejudice and narrow-minded ignorance – wherever I find it.
We have a duty to protect our earth and the creatures that live upon it – for our children and for our children’s children – ad infinitum.
That will do for now. The discipline of finding something to write about once a week has taken hold again – and together with nine years of successfully winning NaNoWriMo – 2017 could be the year that I finally tidy up my writings and look for an agent.
Onward and upward – what doesn’t kill us makes us strong.