The Roman God Janus is always depicted as looking both ways – back to the past and forwards into the future.
On top of all that, I spoke and adjudicated competitions at a couple of events, ran several workshops on various aspects of writing, attended conferences and lunches organised by the Scottish Association of Writers and the Society of Authors in Scotland, did readings and sold books at book fairs, as well as writing a children’s book (rejected but still trying!) and revising a novel which was accepted by a publisher.
And in 2018? I’ve finished the first round of editing for the novel, Festival Fireworks, so it’s on to having the cover designed ready for its launch in the spring. I’m 22,000 words into another novel, thanks to the push of NaNoWriMo, and I want to get a move on with that this month.
Who knows what else I’ll get up to? It’s exciting looking forward but also there’s a bit of trepidation too. Anything can happen.
Janus was also the god of beginnings and endings, of gates and portals; in times of peace his gates were closed and only opened in times of war.
Let us hope that in 2018 his gates remain firmly closed to war and that he heralds new beginnings for us all.
A Happy New Year to all my friends and followers!