I know 2018 is not quite here yet, but I had some good news to finish 2017 on. The serial I wrote for The People’s Friend, and which I seem to have been waiting on for years, has been scheduled. It will be published in the first half of next year but the exact date still isn’t known.
So I can finally relax that the editorial team aren’t all sitting awkwardly at their Dundee headquarters trying to ignore it and hoping I’ll never ask because it was so awful they couldn’t possibly…
This is a serial that they asked me to write after I was shortlisted in their serial writing competition a couple of years ago, but it took me a long time to get round to as life got in the way. And then it seemed to get lost in their office move when I did finally send it in.
Still I can start 2018 on a positive note, because I was getting a little fed up with my writing constantly disappearing into a fiction black hole. I was in danger of disappearing in there after it.
Meanwhile, I saw on the BBC website some peaceful cultural traditions from around the world. Apparently in Japan, people get up early and to watch the sun come up in on New Year morning.
Sounds lovely. I can only assume they have better weather out there than we do over here, though. We did see the sun briefly for a few hours a few days ago, but apart from that it has been unremitting gloom for a couple of weeks. The week before Xmas in particular was wall to wall fog.
Now, I’m really not a morning person, so although this Japanese tradition of hatsuhi sunrise sounds lovely, I won’t be doing it. At least I know that when I sleep in on Jan 1st, I’m unlikely to have missed anything exciting because of the blanket of cloud.
Happy New Year folks whether you decide to get up early to watch the mythical sun come up or not. And I hope you meet all your writing goals this year.