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Towards the end of our recent trip I started to think about the future direction of my writing. So many ideas and projects seem to be piling up and everyone seems to offer different ideas and suggestions for the emerging writer within.

Blogging seems to be my community platform, where I can merrily write about anything I want and a loyal band of followers contribute with the most beautiful feedback. Even after six weeks of silence, you are leaving kind comments and liking a post. That is true friendship and I do value your input.

One of the changes I wanted to implement was my workplace. Our small shared study has had me spilling into the dinning room and a trail of stationary links all the areas in between. My solution was our double garage under the house, that has held an assortment of odd, left over furniture, craft items from my scrap-booking days and various other bits and pieces.

Once home I gave it the critical  assessment and deemed it a project we should pursue. My mind’s eye had us both sat at computers, surrounded by our precious collection of books and a best seller, with my name on it, was also sitting on a shelf (well I can dream-lol). Hubby’s eyes rolled as I poured out my thoughts, I talked decor and furnishings, while he envisioned the harsh world of labouring over a pile of bricks and render.

A couple of days later a loud crash interrupted my day and I witnessed my neighbour ( a solicitor) placing office fittings onto a trailer and lamenting that he’d tried selling it, tried giving it to local charities and now he was going to take it home and burn it. My heart skipped a beat as I declared I was looking for some new office furniture. The invitation to go and help myself was taken up in an instant, then, just like a kid in a candy store, I wandered through the two offices that were being cleared.

We are now the proud owner of an assortment of files, cupboards, bookshelves and desks that we can rearrange to suit the area underneath the house. While they might not fit the profile of the up and coming professional, it sure suits our needs and I am excited about creating an environment we can both live in and enjoy. An added bonus is, that our daughters partner is a cabinet-maker/fitter and he has offered to do all the work of fitting it out.

So now, as I sit in my miniscule office, typing up these thoughts, I am in a state of bliss, dreaming of the great move downstairs, wondering if it will help or hinder my creativity.

Only time will tell.

© Sandie’s Snippets 2013

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P1050098Currently I am evaluating 2012 and wondering what the year 2013 should look like.

Setting some achievable goals is paramount to realizing our full potential and it is my belief that many of us set ourselves up for failure before we even get started, by setting the level of achievement way too high.

Focusing on how to reach our potential, over seeing each and every milestone, with small yet solid steps, could result in dreams turning into reality, hopes being realized and the unimaginable experienced in wonderfully creative ways.

Last year was the first year I didn’t proclaim a ‘New Years Resolution’. It was the first year I didn’t fail in my decision-making process within the first month, and I managed to achieve; mind-boggling steps into the unknown, heart breaking conflict as I challenged past mindsets, allowed awe-inspiring ideas to come to light and placed my written thoughts into the hands of a world audience.

The roller coaster of 2012 is fading into the past and it was year of mixed emotions, a year to draw on as I write my way into the future. I boldly quoted Byron at the start of 2012, declaring that there was ‘Pleasure in the Pathless Woods,’ little realizing the power it would have on my life, as I sat and waited for inspiration to come.

Pioneering a new path for my life was not without its pot holes, change did not necessarily suit those around me and while there was a cheer squad urging me on, I very much sensed there were those who became fearful of the new Sandie starting to emerge.

As I write this it makes me sit back, stare at the words on the page and ask difficult questions, ones that probably need an answer.

Am I chasing impossible dreams?

Do I have the courage and stamina to partake in this writing relay?

Am I fit enough to compete in a pentathlon of wordy events and projects?

What do I want to gain from this experience?

What sacrifices will I have to make?

What sacrifices am I prepared to make?

…..the list could go on and on and on.

I am beginning to sense that 2013 is a make or break year for me; It’s time to discover once and for all, my creative gifts and their potential. Working on my 30,000 word NaNoWriMo attempt and bringing it to a marketable completion, is high on my list of projects. Yet somehow, I need to create a balance, where I can enjoy the isolation of my own creative space and continue to build the communicator that lives within, the one who loves to be surrounded with people.

It is a challenging call, one in which I will continue to share with you all as you read my posts in 2013.

A big thank you to those who have come along side me during 2012. As we turn the page and usher in a new chapter for 2013, I pray that we will find wisdom and guidance in all that we do.

God bless you

Sandie

© Sandie’s Snippets 2012

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After hours of changes and deliberations I posted ( as in, put it in an envelope and stuck a stamp on it posted) my entry for a local short story competition. In the end I had to send it on its way, not because I was running out of time, but because I kept seeing changes I could make, another twist, another word duplicated in the next paragraph and so on. The relief to drop it into the post box was freeing, although I did continue to edit and refine the piece a bit more.

Now I am back to a slightly bigger project. One that will see me having to knuckle down and get on with it. I need to set a goal; one that is realistic and achievable, one that fits into the life of a writer who has a home and hubby to manage, one that also allows me to continue doing voluntary work within my Church and local area.

I think I have a bit of a challenge ahead of me, but I do have a good support crew who will keep me on track and on task. Belonging to a writers group is a great way to surround yourself with like-minded people, so is having published friends and being part of this wonderful online community, that I affectionately call Blogisphere.

Who knows. This time next year I may be wondering how to publish a book, rather than wondering if I could dare to join the NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and push myself to the limits.

Now I had better get back to it.

© Sandie’s Snippets 2012

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