Thursday, 19 January 2012

The year of the book!

Feeling really buoyed up and excited at the moment all because of  'It started with a kiss'. Well, not exactly because I've had a phantom kisser lately (you'll have to read Miranda Dickinson's book to find out what I mean) but because she's inspired me to have my year of the book just as she has her year of the quest to track down her PK.
Yes, decided to write my first seriously long (not novella) book and my first historical. Started on the research to find out about my first family settlers in New Zealand with a bit of fear and trepidation to be honest. Not sure if I was cut out to be excited by research in the first place, although had an idea I might be with my life long interest in history and especially family history, and frankly I'm loving it. Particularly as I've been overwhelmed by the help and leads I've had thus far from my NZ relatives - it also helps that some family members have written long family histories and researched family trees which has given me a first class starting place. But I'm so excited really as I take it to be God's green light for me that I am barking up the right tree this time. Earlier in the year I had been so frustrated to find that a seed of an idea I'd had to write a novel about Katherine Parr - local to here - had been spot on. This idea had stayed with me all through the summer only then to find this is her 500th anniversary and a local telly programme is to be made of her. My book would now be almost too late, a real 'missing the boat' opportunity. Mind you, of course the boat could have capsized like the Costa Concordia, you never know. My present book might also 'miss the mark' but I'm going to give it my very best shot first, wouldn't want to put all this help and time spent on my behalf to waste, now would I?
Next stop NZ for personal follow-up. Good excuse anyhow.

Sunday, 1 January 2012

New Year reflections

This must be my first New Year away from my husband since our marriage. He's up in the North-East looking after his invalid Mother still recovering from a broken hip and I'm at home with my invalid son recovering from a badly broken arm sustained just after Christmas! What a strange last few months our family have had.
Feeling a little down yesterday again reflecting on just what I've done in my life to make a real difference in the world. But then last night watched a Christian film called 'What if' with my son and am so glad I did. It changed my perspective on my life. The chap, Ben Walker was given a chance to re-live part of his life again  'with God' rather than 'without'. Instead of being a wealthy businessman for whom money was everything he had a chance to re-live his life when he had been going to marry his girlfriend and go into the ministry. Basically he found the poor life rich in blessings and family times which he began to see as more important than closing big deals. Well, yes, the film was a little 'cheesy American' in the sense of the 'God loves you and life is good' syndrome but it did make me realise that our lives are about being faithful to what we are called by God to be rather than worrying about success levels or even how well we do it. I'm determined to give the writing another bash - already got a commission to do - and try and write the novel. This time attempt the historical romance, after all history had always been a passion to mine. And having got a history magazine and online subscription for Christmas I have a place to start from. Historical research and writing here I come in 2012.