Well, here I am again after a very long absence and first of all, I'm really sorry for just disappearing like that! When I last put up a writing-related post, I'd never have believed it would be nearly 12 months before I blogged about writing again. What I thought would just be a month away from my desk actually turned into a 12 month (almost) "sabbatical", the first one I've ever had in 18 years of freelance writing and journalism.
I'd like to say that I've travelled the world, set up a commune in the back garden, had a tattoo, got married (or at least engaged) and been performing in a one-woman play on Broadway. The truth is, I've mainly been setting up a new crafting business (www.melissalawrencedesigns.com) and trying to get my act together in my personal life which, judging by the posts I put up this time last year, was something that urgently needed doing.
Anyway, here I am at the start of another new year (my favourite time) and full of hope and optimism (it usually lasts until around January 7) about writing, crafting and personal dreams and ambitions.
I've spent quite a lot of my "sabbatical" trying to work out what I actually want to write, especially as I'm not going to be writing "full-time" now, in fact just one day a week (or night in my case) at the moment.
I think I've come up with a plan at last (I've also come to a decision about the whole e-publishing/self-publishing malarky but more of that another time) and I've just checked it against my 12 Year "Vision of Success" goals which I set this time last year and it still puts me on track. However, one of those 12 years has now gone (gulp!) without me getting much closer to where I want to be in 2024 so it's probably time to stop blogging and get down to some actual writing. I have to keep telling myself that I've done this before and I can do it again but it still feels very much like my first day at school!
However, I'll endeavour to keep writing and to keep blogging. The posts may be less frequent than before I went AWOL but I promise not to fall off the face of the writing cliff this time!
I hope all your own hopes and ambitions begin to reach fulfilment in 2013 and I wish you all a Happy New Writing Year. Remember to "Wish it, dream it, do it" before another 12 months has gone by in a heartbeat.