The start of a new year means something different depending who you ask. For some, it’s a clean sheet, a blank page full of possibilities. After all, who doesn’t love a fresh start? For others it’s a sense of drawing a line under the past year and putting a stop to looking back on the past.
For me, it’s the sense of anticipation. Even though we cannot know the future, we can have some idea of what is to come, and at the start of a new year I like to dwell on the things I am most looking forward to, while also allowing space for the challenges ahead and the fear of the unknown.
- In a few days time, I will be going back to work. Many of you know I’ve spent a year on maternity leave and the time has come to shake up the pattern of life I’ve grown used to. While this will be a big change for the whole family, I’m looking forward to seeing my friends at work again, and pretty excited that I’m going back to a new role as a copywriter! Landing a job where someone pays me to write has always been the dream.
- While I don’t have any exotic vacations planned, I am going away this summer with an ever-growing group of wonderful friends from university, to North Wales. I have six months to make sure my Welsh is up to scratch.
- And of course, this is the year that A Map of the Sky is being published. Now it’s safe to say that when The Runaway came out two years ago, I knew next to nothing about publishing, and learned as I went along. It’s a fascinating world! So this time round I’m going to share some behind the scenes bits and pieces in the run up to publication day. If you have any burning questions or want me to cover a particular aspect, leave me a message in the comments below.
So that’s what I’m looking forward to this year, but what does your new year hold? May we all find 2019 to be full of more joyful surprises and moments of peace than we expect!