I love this time of the year. January feels like a chance to reflect, renew and restore, as well as a time to soak up long, lazy, warm days. It’s also the time I hit the reset button on my writing life. Though I’m not a big fan of new year resolutions, I do set goals or intentions during January, and lay out my path for achieving them. Sometimes I crash and burn, spectacularly, but most times I see those goals through. Most times. A glance at my blogging history is an example of intentions gone wrong.
So, my intention for 2016 is to blog regularly – twice a month, which seems more achievable than the weekly I first entertained. My first blog, on the second Monday of the month, will be filled with bits and pieces about my writing life – research, discoveries, progress, challenges, my young adult books and author visits.
For the second blog, on the last Monday of the month, I’m multi-tasking. Ages ago, before I became a full-time writer, I worked in radio across regional Victoria as an announcer and a producer for both commercial radio and the ABC. I loved that time in my life, but my love for writing was stronger, and the time came when I had to give it away.
Since moving to Geelong, I’ve been given the chance to return to radio, and it works beautifully with my writing life. Every Friday my dear friend Mark Hyland and I co present Geelong’s Bay 93.9’s drive program, The Catch Up. It’s a complete hoot – we talk to Geelong people doing fabulous things, laugh, a lot, and chat with listeners about life’s important stuff – how to hang clothes on the line, the footy and pathetic injuries. I’m so lucky to have the opportunity to reconnect with that part of my life. As well as talking to Geelong people doing fabulous things, I do a weekly book review. And this is where the multitasking kicks in …
My blog on the last Monday of the month with be the books I’ve reviewed on The Catch Up.
I’m looking forward to sharing my writing and reading world with you during 2016 – and if I look like crashing and burning, or petering out, give me a nudge!