I reckon I’m nice but with a naughty mind. 😊😜😏😉
But I can also be naughty with a nice mind – which sounds kind of weird, truthfully.
In any case, I hope I’ve been nice enough this year that Santa will be kind to me. I figure that’s a fair call when I’ve behaved myself each and every time there’s been a stuff up during the year. I mean…..I could have ranted and raved and stamped my foot in a temper tantrum when the cover designer I’d paid a deposit to, completely didn’t understand what I was describing to him and kept doing absolutely awful pictures, one after the other.
But I didn’t.
I could have screamed and carried on every time I had to rewrite pages and pages worth of Unveiled because it wasn’t going the way I wanted.
But I didn’t.
I could have completely lost my tiny little mind every time the Dragon came and stabbed me with her rude Claws Of Evil. Who’s the Dragon, you ask? Why, she is the soul-sucking, putrid and maniacal beast of Self-Doubt. The Queen of Mayhem and Misery. I could have……
But I didn’t.
No. What I did was put on my Big Girl Pants and get on with it. Now, mind you, that doesn’t mean I managed to do that so easily and within days of the set back.
Oh nooooo. I wish.
In some instances, I was down for the count for days or weeks at a time. My bounce-back ability isn’t as strong or quick as it was in my twenties. ( and I won’t get into all the physical and mental issues I have to deal with on a daily basis, because that’s not entertaining for any one). But even though sometimes it would take me soooo long to pick my butt off the ground, I would get there.
I call them my Turtle Days – you know the ones…. painfully slow and difficult days where you just wanna stick your head in your house and hide. I have too many of those but I’m not alone there…..I know this to be very true for many people. But we all soldier on the best we can.
On the other hand, I’ve had some amazing people around me all year who have kicked and prodded me along, who have helped save my sanity and helped me figure things out. Whether it was website related, book cover design or feedback on the writing/editing process, I was lucky enough to be surrounded all year with some truly awesome people, each of whom deserves medals for their kind and generous hearts. And for their patience. You know who you are and I’m filled with gratitude for your friendship and support and for not letting me give up. If there was one word that summed up my year, it would be Persist.
I hope your year wasn’t as challenging and that next year is a great one for us all. Earlier today I tweeted out my Christmas message but I’ll repost it below, just in case you missed it. The words are mine and this is what I wish for every one of us.
As always, much love but with extra sprinkles of Christmas blessings
Oh and if anyone knows any translators, please get in contact with me…..