What am I doing in 2022?

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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.

Join the Zanzibar’s Rings Virtual Book Tour: Feb 15 – Mar 15 2022

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Have a good year, and keep safe.

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25 thoughts on “What am I doing in 2022? #IWSG

  • 5 January, 2022 at 9:48 am

    You have some awesome plans for the coming year, and like all of us, you have built in flexibility. best of luck and I hope you are able to celebrate your birthday in style!

    • 8 January, 2022 at 10:17 pm

      I have learned that flexibility in planning is the most important thing 🙂 Good luck with your plans!

  • 5 January, 2022 at 11:39 am

    Wow. You’re going to be busy. I haven’t even made a plan for this year.

    • 8 January, 2022 at 10:23 pm

      Well, I call it a plan… but really it’s something put on here after I scribbled on the back of an envelope 🙂 Keep well, and love to you and the family.

  • 5 January, 2022 at 11:55 am

    I hope you get to celebrate your special birthday. I’d be glad to shout out about your book in my Follower News in February or March. Email me at natalieiaguirre7@gmail.com if you’d like the help.

    • 8 January, 2022 at 10:23 pm

      Thanks, Natalie, and I’ll send you the details soon.

  • 5 January, 2022 at 2:06 pm

    Most of us do regret not starting sooner, but sometimes starting when we did was the right timing.
    Awesome you have your plans laid out already.

    • 5 January, 2022 at 5:32 pm

      To be honest, my plans sort of write themselves 🙂

  • 5 January, 2022 at 6:58 pm

    I don’t so much wish I’d started sooner, as that I’d learned sooner how to make time for creativity during the “busy years” (grad school and the time with small children). Okay, and looking back I wish I hadn’t sent some of the things I did out to agents in those years 😄

    • 8 January, 2022 at 10:25 pm

      Ah, yes, the things we sent to agents. But I think if I’d sent out better copy, it would have had the same result. I knew it wasn’t commercial enough in the first place. Still do, for that matter.

  • 5 January, 2022 at 7:57 pm

    You have a busy, optimistic year planned! I’d opt for Champagne for the party no matter how you end up celebrating! And a special cake for the furbabies? So adorable.

    • 8 January, 2022 at 10:26 pm

      I’m lucky to have an optimistic nature, which contrasts with my bouts of depression. So far I’ve kept the latter at bay thanks to a few tips on cognitive behaviour, so looking towards good things is part of the overall plan.

  • 5 January, 2022 at 9:05 pm

    Awesome plans. Your regret is the same as mine – I started writing very, very late!

    • 8 January, 2022 at 10:27 pm

      But we started! What if we hadn’t? We wouldn’t have ‘met’ and that would have been dreadful!

  • 6 January, 2022 at 1:33 am

    Birthdays are always fun. I hope you’ll have a wonderful one, and all your best plans come true.

    • 8 January, 2022 at 10:28 pm

      Thanks, Olga. I’ve written a bit of an essay on your blog – very interesting observations you had!

  • 6 January, 2022 at 9:20 am

    Hi Jemima – you have got things organised … just enjoy all the writing, promotions and planning for more writing in the future … cheers Hilary

  • 6 January, 2022 at 2:40 pm

    A broken collarbone? ouch! Hope you mend soon.

    Unfortunately, we will never be free of covid. It has become endemic, like the flu. We have to learn to live with it and get back to normal. Hopefully the mild Omicron variant will give people immunity without causing severe disease.

    Best of luck for 2022.

    • 6 January, 2022 at 10:38 pm

      Oh no, that was in 1969, Melissa 🙂 It is wonky, but fine. And I think you’re right – the new ‘normal’ is upon us.

  • 9 January, 2022 at 1:51 am

    Looks like you have a busy year planned ahead of you! All the best with this new year, Jemima.

    • 9 January, 2022 at 3:21 pm

      And to you, Damyanti – you have a great year!

  • 10 January, 2022 at 5:42 pm

    Congrats on your upcoming book. I didn’t see a link to help with release day.

    • 12 January, 2022 at 2:24 pm

      I’ll email you, Patricia 🙂

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