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Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Year-End

Approaching the end of 2010, I feel quite satisfied all round, I think. As a family we have been through some miserable months, but have begun seeing a glimmer of hope that those problems may be fading now. Two of our daughters have faced depression and personal problems. The biggest shock for me was that I couldn't help them. With maternal arrogance, I thought I could put them back together myself, only to discover that too much emotion of my own is invested in the girls. Which meant that talking about things I couldn't make better resulted in me feeling a failure and adding to their unhappiness. Professional help was needed and has given positive results. The girls are much happier, fitter, brighter and moving on. And I have discovered that a mother just has to be here for them. That's what counts.

Writing-wise, I have been fortunate. I have had lots of rejections of course, but some pleasing results as well throughout the year. I have just heard that I've won first prize in The Yellow Room Competition. It was a story that fell out of my head like a cake from a well-greased tin. There it was. And I just kept smiling as I wrote it. It gave me so much fun and pleasure that I would have treasured it even if it had never seen the light of day out there. So I'm really glad for the story that it succeeded. It just seemed to be sitting there, ready for me to tip it out into the world. I almost feel like the middle-man really. Many thanks to Jo Derrick of The Yellow Room for liking it too. It's a fantastic magazine with all kinds of good stories.

I wish everyone kind enough to read my posts a merry Christmas and a brilliant, shiny, happy 2011, with lots of writing from us all. And, hopefully, more success for every one of us.

16 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your Yellow Room win! I agree that it's a fantastic magazine. Last year, when I was writing stories I was thrilled simply to be shortlisted in one of Jo Derrick's competitions. I love your analogy of the story coming out of your head like a 'cake from a well-greased tin'.

    I'm pleased to hear that your family problems have eased. A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you too, Joanna.

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  2. Thank you, Christine. Very best wishes to you for Christmas and the New Year.

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  3. Well done on the Yellow Room success, Joanna, and on your many other successes this year.

    So sorry to hear about your family problems. I do hope that the new year sees things looking better for you all. And I hope you have a Merry Christmas too.

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  4. Thank you, Bernadette. I wish you the very best with your writing and congratulations for all you've achieved too. Let's hope we meet again. It was fantastic to have that day in Bristol. I've entered again, so fingers crossed for next year.

    Have a wonderful Christmas and I hope 2011 is the best ever.

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  5. What a great win, Joanna. Well done with this and all the other successes you've achieved throughout the year.

    I'm glad your daughters are feeling happier now - it's so difficult being a mother and not being able to make things right for everyone.

    Have a safe, warm and happy Christmas. All the best for 2011.

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  6. Thanks so much for your kind words and support Rosemary. Have a very happy Christmas and all the very best to come in 2011.

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  7. Depression is a terrible thing, and I'm glad your daughters managed to get the help they needed. Hope 2011 is easier on you all.

    Big congrats on the Yellow Room win. I had already noticed your name up there and was not surprised. You always have such an insightful way of writing, whether it is a story or a blog post.

    I was reminded of your Bristol story this week as a friend and I went to the German Christmas market in Birmingham where there was a stall selling ostrich burgers!

    I may try Bristol again myself next year. I have lots of stories started but I'm doing lots of overtime at work and can't seem to get to the end of any of them!

    Have a lovely Christmas. x

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  8. Thank you so much, Joanne. I really value your lovely compliments. I hope you enter the Bristol Prize. It is hard to get stories finished. At the moment there seem to be all sorts of things that prevent me reaching the end. It's not often that they just spill out onto the screen for me, but I love it when they do. However, I hope to complete the trickier ones before the end of the year and start 2011 with some brand new ones.

    Have a very happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year, with lots more writing!

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  9. Oh Joanna I know how you feel I hope that you and I both rise into 2011 like Phoenixes from the ashes full of life and vigor because at the moment I feel about as productive and vibrant as a dry river bed in a drought LOL! Have a great Christmas yourself and enjoy composing your Bristol prize competition entry. :O)

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  10. Oh and congrats on the win. Good for you! :O)

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  11. Many thanks, Madeleine, I really appreciate your comments. I'm sure we will arise beautifully in the New Year. I feel pretty drained, I must admit, and I think a fresh start is going to prove welcome and we will make it our best year ever.

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  12. Congratulations on your Yellow Room win - fantastic news.

    Many, many hugs to you and your daughters for the difficulties you've faced this year. Here's hoping 2011 is wonderful for all of you.

    XX

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  13. I'm so glad to hear your daughters are feeling better and wish you all the best for next year. Congratulations on The Yellow Room, that's a terrific achievment, well done!

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  14. Thank you so much Suzanne. I hope you have a lovely Christmas and a very happy and successful 2011.

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  15. Thank you Penandpaints. I hope you have a very merry Christmas and all that you hope for in 2011.

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