Saturday, 31 December 2011

Review of the year 2011

All in all, it’s been a rather good year for me with the writing. With further eyesight issues, it has become even more difficult for me to write much at length for extended periods of time, but I persevere. This post on the site has taken a couple of days, for example, to write. Recently I have had to write long letters about something non-writing related, and this wiped me out for days. I suppose it will be like marathon running for me: regular training and practice will allow me to ultimately build up enough tolerance to eventually write longer pieces, but in the meantime I’ve had to stick to working on short pieces.

I particularly enjoyed the news that my short story “A Christmas Kiss” was published in an anthology in November 2011, which will bring my work to a wider section of the reading public.

Wonderful opportunities in 2011 allowed me to add performing my work to the focuses of my creativity, and my work was also featured on local BBC radio, at various events in Worcestershire and the West Midlands, and of course as part of the Worcestershire Literary Festival. Performing has been a most welcome outlet for my work, as I have been able to make many new friends and get feedback on my work, as well as presenting my writing and comedy to a wider audience. I am truly grateful to the many friends who have made this possible, and the audiences who have been so receptive.

One fundamental thing in my life which has made the literary world much more accessible to me is the acquisition of an Amazon Kindle 3 (3G Keyboard). Getting this has meant for the first time my reading speed is almost what it was before eyesight issues struck me. It has the facility to enlarge text, and there is with most Kindle format books the Text-to-Speech facility which reads out the book like an audio book. This is a Godsend, particularly when my eyes inevitably get tired of reading (how quickly that happens); rather than abandoning the book, I can just close my eyes and continue enjoying the book by listening to it instead.

So what does the future hold for me? It’s time to lay out my New Year’s Resolutions (in no particular order) and personal goals, and not all of them are writing related:

  • Write daily (something I don’t do at the moment).
  • Write something of novel length.
  • Continue studying Cornish to complete the Kernewek dre Lyther Gradh 1 (Cornish through the post Grade 1) course.
  • Compile a few of my older works into an small e-book to showcase my work online.
  • Read more. Much more. I can do this easily now I’ve got the Kindle.

And off we go, into 2012! Next year, Ill be working on the above goals, and also looking to add a shop facility to my site to purchase some of my works. Wish me luck!