Sunday, 8 January 2017

Starting 2017

A happy and healthy 2017, to any of you kind enough to be reading this!
January can be a time of hopes and plans… all those resolutions we sign up to on New Year’s Eve.  But for some, it can also be rather bleak and depressing, especially when they feel they have failed in those good intentions after only a matter of weeks.
Soon, it will be Black Monday, the most depressing day of the year – at least according to some analysts, who have actually worked out a mathematical formula for the date.  This was the theme of my story, ‘(W + D – d) TQ/M x Na’ which was a runner-up in the 2016 Cinnamon short story prize, and will appear in an anthology published in the Spring.
As a result of this success, I was asked to apply for mentorship by the Press, and shortly before Christmas, I was thrilled to be told that the proposal for my short story collection had been accepted.

 Cinnamon is a small, independent publisher based in North Wales. Its aim is find distinctive voices amongst Welsh writers, whilst also providing a centre of excellence for literature from the UK and the world.

I am really looking forward to going through the mentoring process during 2017 – a plan I intend to embrace fully, and work hard towards.

Sadly, I have already given up on giving up chocolate, and exercising more.  But I have posted this blog, which is a tick in the box – at least for the first month of the year…