Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Here's to the New Year...

It's been a while since I blogged on the Bootcampers site. I haven't had much to share of late when it comes to writing, but I've started to reflect on what an interesting year 2009 has been.

This year I became a Bootcamper, did an e-pitch, worked on improving my critiquing skills and made a point of doing more research into the market. I didn't write as much or as often as I'd hoped to, but is there EVER enough time write? Probably not.

It's difficult to manage a young family and an active lifestyle at any time, and to fit the dream of publication in there is almost - but not quite - impossible for me right now. I squeezed it in when I could, but it just couldn't find a nice, neat place for it in between the soccer, dance classes and layers of plasterboard. Poor little dream got a wee bit lost in all the chaos, but I've dusted her off, and she's ready to go again. A bit wonky, and requiring some reshaping, but worth resurrecting.

So, yes, 2009 was not a great year writing-wise for me, but it was a good one. I moved forward. I made progress. I have more words now than I did in 2008. I know a lot more than I did last year, and I'm more confident in my ability than ever before. I have potential, and I'm determined to stick it out. I just need to take things at my own pace, and not rush, especially when I know I don't have the time right now to give it my best shot.

One thing I've said before, and will continue to say, is that the best thing I did this year was participate in Bootcamp. It opened my eyes to the huge flaws in my writing (and to the good bits, as there were some!), as well as introduced me to some lovely people with similar dreams about being published. The BootCats, in particular, have been a source of inspiration for me this year, and I want to thank them for their support. But every Bootcamper, from our bunch to those who went before us, deserves a special thanks for any bit of support or wisdom they have shared.

Oh, and here's a pic of two BootCats - Shayne and I - at the Sydney lunch for RWA members about a week or so ago, showing our pearly whites!

Good luck to all the Bootcampers in 2010, and keep aiming for your dream. I'll be here to support you if you ever need it, so don't hesitate to contact me in the New Year.

Happy writing,

xx Mon


  1. Hi Mon,
    (Rantings of a vain woman)
    I will forgive you for THAT pic. BTW, you look fantastic!

    Loved the words, too.

    Here's to 2010 and to the continued success of the Bootcampers 109 and the Bootcats.


  2. Happy New Year hugs to you Mon.

    I second your words and send out best wishes for 2010 to all my fellow Bootcampers, with an extra sprinkle for the Bootcats.

  3. Ah, Shayne, I hate my double chin in that pic (bad camera angle, I swear!). Don't kill me the next time I see you.

    Hey AJ, hope you're well and had a nice holiday :-)

  4. Great to see you Mon and I wish you and all the Bootcampers 109 a fantastic 2010!

  5. Happy New Year all

    No matter how the chins look, you look as though you had fun and that's the important thing.


  6. Hey EK, same to you! Fi, don't mention the chins. Aargh! Big hugs to you after the tough time you've had with Gromit.