My previous two posts have been about the books I’ve read and enjoyed this year and about my own writing. And, in this my final post of the year, I thought I’d take a quick look back at how this writer’s life has been in general.
On a personal level, for me, 2018 – as it will have been for everyone – was a mix of ups and downs. And, out in the big wide world there has certainly been plenty to rant about. But I want to concentrate here on the smaller stuff and on the good stuff.
Here in the house, the 18 months of renovations finished earlier this month. Hurrah! It’s been stressful but worth it and our ‘new’ house at long last feels like ours. We have carpets! We have pictures on the walls! We have a home!
There have been parties to go to, music concerts and theatre trips enjoyed. There’s been quality time with family and friends – not least of which was the trip from our home in Scotland to Australia taken by me and the husband to visit our daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren. We had such a wonderful time and have so many precious memories. It was very hard to leave, but I’m already saving up for my next trip.
I also particularly enjoyed my visits to the Borders Book festival and to that other one held in the big city – the Edinburgh International Book Festival.
2018 was also an important anniversary for me. It is now 20 years since I had cancer – 20 years that I realise I’m fortunate to have experienced – and for which I’m very grateful.
I’m also very grateful to be able to spend so much of my time doing something I love. I don’t know what I’d do without my writing. I certainly can’t see myself retiring any time soon. It was wonderful to have Settlement – my new book – published in September, wonderful too to have it so well received by my readers. And I must also express my gratitude to my editorial team, to all the book bloggers and reviewers who took the time and trouble to comment, and most of all my loyal readers.
Next year I plan to do lots more enjoyable things, to read lots more books, and just to treasure still being here. And of course there will be lots more writing…
And so it only remains for me to say thank you to everyone who has followed, read and or commented on my posts during 2018. I wish you all a very Happy New Year when it comes.
As always, do feel free to comment below on how 2018 was for you and what you hope for in 2019.
6 thoughts on “Reflections on 2018: A Year of Reading, Writing and Other Stuff”
You had a great year. I wish you all the best for a fabulous 2019, Anne! Reading The Ssilver Locket and loving it. Xo
Thanks Darlene. I’m delighted you’re reading The Silver Locket – and enjoying it 🙂 Happy New Year to you too.
Anne, sounds like an enjoyable and productive year! I’m looking forward to reading more of your work. I wish you all the best in the new year.
Thank you Henry. And a Happy New Year to you too.
I hope we have some bookish adventures together in 2019. Our coffee and cake catch up is long overdue. Much love to you Anne. Merry Chrismas. xx
Thank you. Yes, we will definitely meet up in the new year. Love to you too Kelly. Merry Christmas 🙂