What am I doing in 2022?
I’m writing an IWSG post, of course.
This is my Insecure Writers Support Group post, in which we share our successes and failures as writers, our insecurities, in fact. Anyone can join in, just sign up at the IWSG Sign-up page, write a blog post on the first Wednesday of the month, and go back to that sign up page to link with everyone else–or a goodly sample. Our host is Alex J Cavanaugh, and his co-hosts for the month are:
Question of the Month
What’s the one thing about your writing career you regret the most? Were you able to overcome it?
I regret not starting sooner. That’s about the only thing.
But I didn’t start sooner because I was writing factual things: manuals, reports, papers. The idea of characters and plot didn’t really enter my head after a first abortive attempt.
If I had spent more time developing my writing, would I have had enough time to do everything else I now have the knowledge and experience to write about? I doubt it.
It’s what I find troublesome about a lot of young writers, especially when they talk about the way an old person struggles up hills and to move around the house–at age 50 (or even 30, I saw recently!) They’ll learn, if they live that long.
Was I able to overcome my late start? I leave you to judge!
What am I doing in 2022?
I wrote the title for this post before Christmas, thinking I’d give you a run-down of goodies planned, book-wise or not.
I have a major birthday in 2022. When I opened this draft post and read the question again, it was almost rhetorical–what on earth am I doing in 2022 already? Is it time travel? How did it get to be 2022 already? This is when I have to renew my driving licence, which I originally got in 1969. Yes, I passed my test first time. Good thing really, as the following week I broke my collar bone and that would have put paid to the driving test had they been the other way round. Funny the cards life deals you.
But… I do have plans for 2022, apart from a birthday party, which has plans A to H at present, due to the various possibilities of social gatherings with and without Covid policies interfering.
- Plan A is the working scenario, under current rules, with a tea party for a maximum of thirty guests in the place I’d like it. That will provide my nearest and dearest with a nice day out and I’ll see my oldest friends. I’ve sent ‘advance warnings’ to the people I’d really like there. 28 couples. You can see the maths isn’t working already. Fortunately four have already confessed to having other commitments for the relevant day, so they won’t get formal invitations. Sigh.
- Plan H is a glass of champagne in my back garden with whoever is allowed in under any isolation rules. Plus the guinea pigs, who don’t drink champagne, but will have their own cake (made of soaked feed pellets).
- Somewhere in the middle is a buffet tea party with as many guests as can come. I think this is the least likely scenario. We will not be Covid-free by June.
What am I working on for 2022?
Ah, yes, writing.
- February – launch Zanzibar’s Rings
- March through to August – book stall at craft & gift fairs
- April – first draft of new book
- August – first draft of another book
- In between – short stories, including some for submission to anthology calls
- Afterwards – editing
I’ll be reviewing the book stall plan in August, which is when I’ll have to renew my insurance if I want to continue.
That’ll give me enough to do, I think.