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New Year

Filed under: New Competitions — Gina @ 12:55

Well, hello there lovely peoples,

What with the children and the day job, my life runs from September to September so here I am at the start of a new year with hopes, plans, ideas and a little bit more time now I’m only working 3 days a week – Hurrah! It’s been a tricky year for me what with one thing and another so the writing has fallen by the wayside somewhat, but it’s now time to pick it all and brush it off and start all over again and that includes the calendar and the blog so prepare to be… probably bombarded with more regular drivel but you can always skip over this bit and go straight to the calendar.

I’ve been trying to decide how personal I should be with this blog it’s made me think about my little community of lovely writers out there and I have felt I’ve let you down a bit this year so in the spirit of sharing, and so you know where I’m at, this year has been a lot about my mum who’s had cancer. She died at the beginning of August which has been a shock even though it was expected and so life now is about getting used to this new ‘normal’ without her in it. There are good days and bad days and lots and lots of dreams some of which are happy, some are sad and some are just bizarre.

All of that has taken up so much energy and brain space there hasn’t been much room for anything else but I’m writing again now. I did start a play about a family waiting for their mother to die but a good friend told me NO! Good advice, maybe write that one next year, so I’ve started something else which is not much more cheerful, but definitely less maudlin and it’s felt so good to be sitting here writing again. I like that feeling when you start with a small idea, and as you write more, more floods into your head. Such fun.

So there you all are, and look at the time! I have five minutes to get back to work so love and happy writing to you all. X



  1. so sorry to hear about your mum Gina. I love your blog! I too, have given plays a rest while I focus on other projects. If any of you write short stories, there’s an new online magazine called Kishboo that holds a regular fiction competition.

    Comment by Sharon Boothroyd — 17/09/2014 @ 13:00 | Reply

    • Thank you, and for the link to kishboo. I’ll check them out.

      G X

      Comment by Gina — 17/09/2014 @ 21:55 | Reply

  2. It’s never easy to deal with, even when we are supposedly ‘ready’. But, one truth, it does get easier, even though sometimes you can think,’….they would’ve loved that, I wish I could tell them… you know the kind of thing I mean.
    Take care, and if sometimes you feel like crying or screaming, just do it. You’ll feel better afterwards.


    Comment by Margaret Holbrook — 17/09/2014 @ 13:06 | Reply

    • Many thanks. I’ve lost my first reader and biggest fan too – I’d try Dad but if it’s not about sport…

      G X

      Comment by Gina — 17/09/2014 @ 22:04 | Reply

  3. Thanks for sharing your sad news. Glad to hear you’re feeling able to continue the musings. Good on ya!

    Comment by Anne Graham — 17/09/2014 @ 13:41 | Reply

  4. Hi Gina, so sorry about your loss – I realise I am just an anonymous Internet stranger but for what it’s worth, my heart really goes out to you and your family and I hope you will have lots of strength and love to help you pull through this difficult time.

    Comment by Aleksandra Andrejevic-Bullock — 17/09/2014 @ 19:50 | Reply

    • Many thanks. Kind words work wherever/whoever they come from.

      G X

      Comment by Gina — 17/09/2014 @ 22:06 | Reply

  5. Good to hear you sounding chirpy and determined. I hope things continue to get better for you. x

    Comment by Milo Bell — 18/09/2014 @ 02:16 | Reply

  6. So sorry to hear about your mum, Gina. I hope this ‘new year’ brings shed loads of exciting creative ideas to explore. Thank you for such an encouraging and honest blog. Take care. x

    Comment by Christina — 18/09/2014 @ 09:38 | Reply

    • Many thanks, and glad to hear you like my blog.

      G X

      Comment by Gina — 18/09/2014 @ 12:34 | Reply

  7. Gina – thanks so much for continuing to do this blog for us all. It’s always hugely helpful. And I am so very sorry to hear about your mum. The adjustment is awful – you will adjust though. Remember the happy times. Look after yourself too. GX

    Comment by georginatremayne — 21/09/2014 @ 17:44 | Reply

    • Thanks, I am trying to, and rediscovering my writing is really helping too.

      Gina X

      Comment by Gina — 22/09/2014 @ 12:05 | Reply

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