2014: a brief writing year in review
Well, here we are at the end (well, here in Switzerland anyway) of the penultimate day of the year and a chance to look back over the last twelve months, from a writer’s perspective, or a writing perspective: delete as applicable.
Firstly this blog. My 2014 review informs me that this little piece of internet interaction was viewed in 65 countries. I find that pretty damn amazing that I’ve had views from Saudi Arabia and South Africa, China and Chile. Thank you to all of you who have checked in and had a look around; I really appreciate it.
The ever-busy and always approachable Morgen Bailey gets my first mention, simply because it was she who gave me encouragement from the start and has continued to entertain my pieces (flash fiction and note plural…naughty, naughty!) whenever I send them. Thank you Morgen! She built my blog by the way, ultra-professional and exceedingly patient (Panic? Me?) from start to finish.
2014 started with nudgings and words in my ear from my dear friend, Alex Dorici, who persuaded me to grow some balls and put myself forward for the annual 3-day poetry festival here in Lugano, Poestate. There I stood in front of a hundred people, biting my lip as I was introduced and mumbling my opening lines until my confidence grew and my 10 minute reading was met with applause and a return request for 2015. Thanks Alex! Sorry, both websites are in Italian but hey; I do live in Italian-speaking Switzerland.
A short, 20 hour teaching course followed Poestate and then I put everything aside for a month or so and just chilled baby, chilled. This cooling off didn’t last long as in August I was contacted by Accenti magazine, a Canadian publication on all things Italian, and they duly published an article I’d written on two wine-growing regions of Piemonte; Gavi and Casale Monferrato.
Upon the author’s copy landing in my postbox, I then received news that I’d won 1st placing in the monthly Writer’s Forum short story competition, which was published in the October issue. Having my story critiqued by Sue Moorcroft was almost satisfying as seeing my name in print.
Now the rest of the winter lies ahead and I intend to put some of those long, cold, dark days to use. I do have plans for 2015 but I’m reluctant to lay them down here in case they go pear-shaped. Life is like that. My NaNoWriMo was a NaNoNoGo – it happens.
Thank you to each and every one of you who has visited and contributed over the last year, I appreciate each and every one.
Happy New Year to you all.