2018 has finally come to an end and honestly, all I can think is “thank goodness” because this has not been a great year.
[ Life ]
The start of the year was pretty good, I had managed to settle in following the move to Nothern Ireland and was making the most of the situation.
This included putting more time and effort into this blog, which paid off when I found out I had been awarded, by FeedSpot, one of the Top 10 UK Writing Blogs.
Over the year I have really pushed ahead with making this blog bigger and better. That included running blog series such as the Blogger Series, the Social Media series and the A Writer’s Guide series.
Out and About
I also made sure not to withdraw into my introverted cocoon and actually went out and visited some places such as: BallyNoe Stone Circle, Belfast Ulster Museum, the Titanic Museum and the Butterfly House.
Towards the end of the year, my partner and I decided while we needed to move out of our current living situation, we didn’t want to rent again.
So we decided to buy a house. Yep, we thought, let’s end the year with a whole lot of stress! 🙂
The last few months have been hectic with viewings, sorting the homebuyer report, dealing with the mortgage broker and solicitor etc.
We found a lovely house with a garden (yay!) and are so close to completing it, but the seller still has to sort some stuff si it looks like we won’t get everything signed until Jan-Feb time.
Just like last year, the year took a bad turn at the end when our other elderly cat (sister to the one we lost last year around the same time) became sick.
She went through lots of tests and even had to have surgery.
Unfortunately, the prognosis was bleak, she was diagnosed with aggressive stomach cancer.
I spent all my time sitting with her (she was a total lap cat) and even cancelled my trip back home for Xmas.
On the 19th December, we made the heart-breaking decision that it was time to say goodbye to Sev. She was 17.5 years old. The vets were wonderful, they came to the house so that Sev could pass in a comfortable, safe place.
Both me and my partner were with her when she passed. The loss has been devastating and I am just trying to stay distracted.
[ Writing ]
It took a while this year to actually get back to working on my novels. I tried my hand at Scrivener again and loved it.
I came up with Dark Hart’s sequel plot so I’m doing to be working on the outline over the next few days.
I did a massive outline for my new story The Blessed, and have been writing it with great enthusiasm… that is until a few months ago.
I have plans to crank up my writing next year and once we move house this should make things so much better.
I didn’t get a chance to do NaNoWriMo this year but I am planning on doing the 85K Challenge again, that starts in January.
So I’ve been planning which novel I want to write during this challenge.
One thing I managed to do was start my Newsletter! This had been on my Monthly goals for months and I finally did it. So far, it’s been well received 😀
[ New Projects ]
Over the last few months, I’ve been planning so new projects that I want to push ahead in 2019. Yes, I’m a planner, I like to work out things in detail before jumping in (mostly).
Look out for them during the next year 😀
How did you find 2018?
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