To see if writing about the ups and downs of my life in 2017 would help strike some work/life balance and calm a mind that I was finding difficult to switch off.
Of course, I still have the occasional sleepless night but I feel calmer in myself and more able to express how I’m feeling.
The culmination of the year has been to write a book (or “pamphlet” as my husband so kindly refers to it) and publish it on Amazon.
The book started as a blog over the summer. A sort of Agatha Christie-esque adventure with a School Business Manager using her infinite variety of skills to solve a crime.
The blog was well received in eduTwitter-land and I was encouraged to enlarge on it. As a result it became darker and scary as I expressed some of my feelings during the writing process as an author that was horrified by the killing of a character.
People who love me read it first and, as much as I assured them it was fiction, were concerned for my well-being. My Mother even suggested that I “talk to someone”!
I love the book. I love the way the author is involved. I love Barry, and Anna is the clever person I try hard to be, knowing that I fall short.
The characters are alive to me (although I have no idea whether that comes across to readers), I feel a renewed connection with my Grandfather and I feel my learning curve in 2017 has got me to this unforeseen point for a purpose.
But now I am at the most difficult stage of all. Selling it. I decided while I was writing it that I would give any proceeds to the school I work in. I didn’t want my writing to be about monetary gain this year. That isn’t the point. But this part of the process is proving to be much, much more difficult than I anticipated.
So if there is anyone out there in the WordPress world who can give me tips, write a review or point me in a growth direction, I would be so grateful. Even if it is to give me the news that I’m wasting my time!
I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you so much.
A link to the Amazon site of Idyll Interrupted is HERE