Tuesday, January 02, 2007

A Happy New Year to all!

It's almost a year since I began blogging as one of my New Year Resolutions last year. Strange to think that I began it as a record of my giving up smoking. The blogging lasted longer though!

This last few days have been ones of appraisal and wondering about what to do this year. I'm researching whether a university in Belfast will take me in this autumn to do a Masters, or whether I'll have to wait until the honours component is completely sewn up and the degree awarded in full - which would take until April twelvemonth. Decisions, decisions!

In the meantime, there is the delicious news that a submission I made in November has been taken for an Irish journal, Revival born out of a weekly reading series in Limerick. Thanks to a lot of hard work and courage, this series has grown from strength to strength, over three years and features the best that Irish poetry has to offer in a live setting.

It just goes to show you what can happen if you stick around long enough, whether on a small scale, as in blogging, or in having courage and belief in something wider.

I think the same could be said about a lot of bloggers out there too - I'm thinking of skint, Inner Minx, Apprentice, BB Rob MacKenzie, Chief Biscuit, Debi Alper, Hedgie, Julie Carter, Dick Jones, Eloise, Shameless, and probably so many more other bloggers that I haven't thought of, that have all demonstrated the ease and talent of their writing.

I wish everyone a Happy New Year, and to be one step closer to their writing heart's desire.

9 comments:

apprentice said...

There you go! The glass is more than half full already! Wondeful, you really deserve it, you work very hard, and do well even to earn the margins to write.

Thanks for the mention too, not sure I deserve it, I still expect to be shown the door, lol!

chiefbiscuit said...

Thanks so much for the plug. Happy New Year to you and BIG Congrats on the acceptance. May 2007 be a good year - onwards and upwards1 :)

Minx said...

Brilliant on the journal news. 07 is hotting up already!

Been a pleasure Babs, long may we banter!

bb said...

BIG congratulations on the acceptance and thanks for the shout out :-)

Hope you have a healthy and creatively abundant 2007!

Debi said...

Delicious news indeed - and more than well-earned!

Forward to 2007 with the inspiration you've chucked out at us all ...

Lotsalove for the coming year(s)

Atyllah said...

And a very happy 2007 to you too. May you enjoy mountains of writing success!

Hedgie said...

Congratulations on the acceptance. And thanks for the inclusion in illustrious company.

Shameless said...

Cheers, Cailleach. I thought today how nice it was to share this Oirish bond. I must get back over to Dublin soon. All the best for 2007 and congrats on Revival.

Cailleach said...

Thank you all for being so generous with your comments!

And hello atyllah - I knew I'd forgotten someone! :)