Thursday, December 31, 2009

2009 - the balancing entry

As an accountantant I've always been aware of the debits and credits, the fact that a negative is always balanced by a positive. Recent years, and 2009 in particular, seem to be have been full of negatives, many of which I have chronicled on here.

So I sat down to think about the balancing entries, some of the positives of 2009, and this is what I came up with:

1. I completed my 'accidental' Open University degree with a higher classification than I obtained in my brick uni degree *cough* years ago. On the way I obtained the Diploma in Literature and Creative Writing which, if anything, means even more than the degree. It is proof that I have learnt my craft.

2. I have added around 55,000 words to my novel, despite being unable to write for significant periods due to my health problems. The end is firmly in sight now.

3. I have submitted five pieces of writing during the year, of which two were selected for publication. Not a bad hit rate and I am particularly proud to have had a piece of flash fiction selected for the forthcoming Even More Tonto Short Stories anthology.

4. We have raised Son 1 safely to adulthood.

5. I have renewed contact with some very old friends, including my most longstanding friend who I have known since I was four.

6. I have met up with some of my lovely, encouraging writer friends and my faithful local friends continue to be there, offering day to day company and support.

I can only hope 2010 brings more of the same.

Happy New Year to you all.


Anne Brooke said...

All those are wonderful things, Cathy - huge well done to you! Happy new year to you & the family :)) Axxx

HelenMWalters said...

That sounds like some pretty good positives to me.

Suzanne Ross Jones said...

A lovely list of balancing entries. All the best for 2010.


Helen said...

I just knew I would think of someone else who inspires me for my blog post. You are most definitely one of them.xx

Unknown said...

Wonderful things and so proud of you on the novel writing front!

Amanda said...

Sounds like an extremely positive year, Cathy - hope 2010 is a good one too! x

Marcie Steele said...

Lovely post Cathy.

Happy New Year xxxx

Cathy said...

Thank you everyone and Happy New Year!