At the beginning of 2011, I had lots of plans and hopes. I hoped to be promoted at work by the end of January, having sat an interview before Christmas. Alas, that wasn’t to be. My plan was to keep on going and reapply as soon as the next posts became available. My plan was foiled, however, by my poor health.
After a wonderful two and a half weeks away in Oman with The Boy Wonder, I returned home and, a few days after my return, was overtaken with a skin infection and chest and throat infection. I continued to go to work until I found myself physically unable to get out of bed one morning. Since then, I have been to specialist after specialist, undergone a myriad of tests and am still awaiting a firm diagnosis. However, I have had some treatment that means I am able to get up more than I was able to and I am back at work on a part-time basis. I have bad days and when I think about my condition – and the impact it continues to have on my life – I get very depressed. However, 2011 wasn’t all bad.
While I sat in my bed, watching TV morning, noon and night and not doing much of anything else, I rediscovered my Twitter account. I set it up in 2009 to promote a radio show I was briefly involved with but never really used it. However, Twitter allowed me to stay in touch with the world while I was housebound. Initially, I nosied around celebrities’ accounts but, the more time I spent in Twitter, the more I realised there were far more people of interest tweeting.
In March, I got notification that one of my flash fiction stories was to be published in an anthology called ‘Home Tomorrow’. I was utterly thrilled. It was my first work of fiction to be published. I had no idea how the rest of the year would pan out.
In April, I decided 140 characters wasn’t enough and I therefore decided to set up this blog. I started the blog with the idea of it being a place for me to write my thoughts – kind of like a diary. I see so many things every day that inspire me and anger me as well as things that amuse me. As you probably know, I’ve always been a keen reader and I thought the blog might also be a place to continue writing book reviews.
With the help of the blog and Twitter, I met some great people who offered me some wonderful opportunities. Darren Sant, for example, got me involved with Close to the Bone. Thanks to my new network, I was also priviledged enough to be invited to contribute to a charity anthology: ‘Off The Record’.
I have got a great network of writer friends, I’ve made contact with some heroes of mine and I feel far more positive about my writing for 2012. Although much of my hopes for the future hinges on my health, I have a lot of ideas for the blog, my writing career and general life. Here’s hoping I can fulfill them.
The blog has been somewhat neglected recently and I am soon off for my annual trip to the Middle East. I will endevour to produce more opinion pieces in the coming months.
Thanks to everyone who reads this blog and who has supported me over the last 12 months. I wish you all of the love, happiness and success in the world.