Happy New Year!

Well, 2011 is here. I was thinking to myself on the 1st that it was easy to be full of hope and joy at the prospect of a new year when you live here. Not because New Zealand is amazing (though, it is), but because it’s Summer and chances are the weather is beautiful and life is full of socializing, BBQ’s, beaches, trips to the park, ice cream and other delightful things.

Would I be feeling this great about the start of a new year if I were on the other side of the world? Is it harder to cultivate that sense of excitement and possibility when it’s the middle of winter? It may make no difference, but all the same, I’m pleased to be where the sun is shining.

I’ve been very busy the last few days. Well, pretty much since we got back from holiday: moving furniture, cleaning, painting. There is still a huge list of things I would love to get done in the coming weeks, and all going well, I’ll be able to tick them off the list.

I started the new year with a new novel, Saving Tomorrow. So far it’s moving slowly (mostly because I’ve been so focused on the renovation stuff). I started in 1st person and then switched to 3rd, which I think works better. We’ll see. The thing with Delaney is that she spends so much time playing a role that I have to keep an eye out for when she is being honest. I think that might be easier in 3rd for some reason. Ah well, it’ll sort itself out.

I started reading Bird by Bird, by Anne Lamott, a few days ago and it’s brilliant – if you’re starting a novel soon, read it. If you’re still working on a first draft, read it. Hell, wherever you are at, read it! I am only about half way through, but the humour in the book is great, and it’s got lots of great advice. I’d built up the whole ‘new novel’ thing to a level in my brain where I was quite afraid. But now? Nah. I’m allowed to write a shitty first draft. It’s all about just getting the words down on the page, exploring the story, and working the kinks out further down the line.

I can totally do that.

Other tidbits: I have my new office! Once it’s tidy (and the camera has charged) I’ll take some pics and do a post. Natalie is now a commando crawler, which means more tidying… gotta get all the small stuff out of the lounge now that she’s mobile. Won’t be long til she’s proper crawling I’m sure. Lauren has hit her ‘why’ phase, and Ivy is losing her fourth tooth. I’ve been teasing her that she’ll have to eat soup soon cause she won’t be able to bite 😉 lol she hates soup. I gave her an awesome haircut the other day as well, but now she looks even older! Like 8. She’s not even 6. That girl is stunning. I’m going to have 3 beautiful daughters…though I try not to think about that too much. I have a few years yet.

And now, I’m officially rambling!

Happy New Years all.

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8 thoughts on “Happy New Year!

  1. Happy New Year to you too! And I’m on the other side of the world, where it’s cold and rainy and oh so dreary, but I’m very excited about the new year. From comments on my blog, it seems that a lot of writers feel optimistic about the possibilities for 2011.

    And I LOVE Bird by Bird. My copy is a rag, I’ve read it so much.

    Good luck on your new novel. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Linda!

      I can see how Bird by Bird is one for re-reading. I got an e-copy though, so I guess it won’t get ragged.

      OH and yes, I think a lot of people are excited about 2011. It’s lovely! Hope yours is wonderful too 🙂

  2. At risk of upsetting the other commenters, it has been a beautiful summer this year. I have DIY planned for next weekend – my friends are coming over to help, nothing major just now but it’s going to be great to finally start making this house our own and fix a few niggling issues.

    Good luck with Delaney – slowly is much better than stalled 😉

    1. Oh, true. At the moment I feel like my writing might as well be stalled. I’m pretty sure it’s *that* bad.

      But the weather has been great, and renovations are fun no matter the size! Hope the bug doesn’t bite you 😉 lol it can be hard to stop thinking reno’s once you begin.

  3. A most happy new year to all of you! Watching girls grow is a pastime all in itself; what a treat you have within your walls! Can’t wait to see that office and as for weather, I think summer woudl be a fascinating way to start the year. Sometimes here in California, it almost feels that way… 🙂

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