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Goodbye 2021 – A Year I’d Rather Forget.

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Another year is almost over and it’s beginning to look like we’re stuck in a perpetual time loop. It’s been another crap year with lockdowns, COVID-19 in its various incarnations, and I’ve had two falls injuring both knees, which I am only now slowly beginning to recover from. After all this, it’s not easy to end the year on a cheerful note and stop being a ‘Debbie Downer!’

To be honest with you, I’ve become physically and emotionally drained, and I’m sure I’m not the only one! 2021 has been a very long, exhausting year, a year where I have really had to push myself to get any writing done, finding my motivation somewhat lacking (and that’s another post in itself). But having said that, I did manage to publish two novellas, so it’s not all bad! 😉

If nothing else, COVID-19 has revealed what’s important in life, which for me is my health, family, and writing. After having read The Relaxed Author by Joanna Penn and Mark Leslie Lefebvre, I believe that as an indie author, the writing is the main thing, and that there is nothing wrong with taking the slow and steady approach.

I feel this way every time I publish!

It’s also been a time to take a step back, analyse, and enjoy the little things. Going out to be amongst nature can be beneficial both physically and mentally. Ever since I was a kid, this has always been my ‘escape,’ and the opportunity to let my imagination run wild.

The epidemic, so far, has taught me not to take anything for granted and to take one day at a time. The future is unpredictable, but it has always been that way. We learn to adapt. The new year brings with it new opportunities and a chance to start afresh.

I hope you have a happy Christmas, and a safe and healthy new year! Here’s to new beginnings!

What things have you done to cope during 2021? Do you have any big plans for the new year, or do you intend to take things one day at a time?

2 thoughts on “Goodbye 2021 – A Year I’d Rather Forget.”

  1. I do have big plans for the new year. The hubster and I are selling our house and moving to Texas to be close to our soon-to-be grandchild. I guess we better find a place there to live, eh? No stress at all…!

    Writing-wise, I have a standalone novelette coming out in January and a story in a Gothic anthology (Among the Headstones) coming out the 31st of January. Then, later in the year, I have a novella called Dog Meat coming out with Potter’s Grove Press. Goal-wise, I have a contemporary Gothic novel I plan to write!

    I wish you and yours the merriest Christmas and a safe and happy new year!

    1. Oh, wow, Priscilla, how exciting! Congratulations! Good luck with the house buying. I hope everything goes well for you and your family. I love the sound of your writing projects and I’ll be making sure I get my copies. It sounds as if the new year will be a good one for you! Have a great Christmas and stay safe! 🙂

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