Sunday, 17 March 2013

I give up

I don't mean to sound defeatist because that is not who I am or what I am about but it occurred to me yesterday that I need to give up on the last year.
I tend to work from April to April in writing terms - it's what I do in the day job and it just seems to naturally transfer itself to writing  - and to be honest with April fast approaching I realise that the year 2102/2013 has not been a raging success in fact, being perfectly honest I have had nothing (as in 0) published and I will be almost embarrassed to declare my extra earnings to the taxman. He'll take a look at my meagre royalty payments and feel sorry for me.
To be fair to me though I didn't submit much until about October.
I do still have a few things out there but they are with the editor that I nudged a few weeks ago so I have pretty much given up on those.
But I have had bad days/weeks/years in my day job though and the only way to deal with it is to put it behind you and concentrate on the next one which is what I'm going to do. I think I might have mentioned it before but next year I will have another project that I will be working on but I want to also find time for more writing. Maybe I could combine the two.


Teresa Ashby said...

You are quite right - put it behind you and start afresh! It doesn't help the way you feel though when you have stuff "out there" and it seems to be lost/forgotten - that can really get you down.

Hope the next year is better :-) x

Karen said...

I think we all have years, where writing's concerned, that are less productive than others. Here's to success in the future - onwards and upwards :o)

Colette McCormick said...

You are both right. What's done is done and there's nowt you can do about it so just get on with it. I've dealt with budgets/targets for a long time in my day job and when you don't meet them for whatever reason you have to learn from your mistakes and try not to do them again. You're right Teresa about the forgotten one's getting you down but luckily for me, most of the time I forget that they've been forgotten. Here's to a productive tome for all of us.

Suzanne Ross Jones said...

Your way of dealing with the disappointments of the past year is very positive. Move on - and look to the future.

Wishing you all the luck in the world for the coming year.


Anonymous said...

Moving on and letting go is the right thing to do, good luck for 2013/14.

I have awarded you the Reality Blog award - more details over at my place, if you wish to accept. x

Colette McCormick said...

Thanks Suzanne - no point dwelling on the past.
Thank you thebusyteapot (love that name). I'll pop over there right now.