Saturday, 1 January 2011

Bye Bye 2010

Some of my friends had a terrible year in 2010, but for me it was OK, overall. And here's the evidence.

I submitted my memoir to 20 agents (eighteen rejections so far, including several very kind personal ones) and, later, to 10 publishers (four rejections so far). I wrote 12 short stories, submitted at least 30 and sold one. I finished the first draft of my fantasy novel.

Work was variable: plenty in the first half of the year, much less in the second half due to the spending review. I'm hoping it'll pick up early in 2011.

I had fab holidays. A long weekend in Antwerp, Amsterdam and Brussels in January; ten days in a ski chalet in the French Alps in June; another long weekend at Shrewsbury Folk Festival in August; and a third long weekend in Bishop's Castle in Shropshire in November, to celebrate 15 years of wonderful partnership with my beloved Paramour.

Health was good, although I had one miserable week in November when I was diagnosed with arthritis in my hands AND got my first pair of varifocals. I'm not old enough for either of those! Except, apparently, I am. Oh well.

I was given the long slow dump by one old friend, which made me sad and angry for a while, but I'm over that now. After all, I've made so many new friends recently: at least six this year, four from the Internet and two from real life. So there's no point trying to hang on to old friendships with people who have lost interest.

Nobody close to me or to my Paramour died in 2010. My family are all well and happy: my beloved nephew started university after many difficulties and is loving it, and one of my favourite cousins and her delightful partner are due to have a baby at the end of March.

I confronted my long-standing fear and loathing of maths and science through three OU short courses. The bookkeeping and accounting was grim, although I still scored 74%, but the maths was surprisingly enjoyable (except for scientific notation which did my head in) and I 'achieved' all eight sections ('achieved' being the highest possible score). I enjoyed most of the science, too, except for the chemical formulae which never did balance, and I gained a score of 92%! I'd like to do more OU maths and science courses, and will, when I can afford to; in the meantime, I've rewarded myself with Alex's Adventures In Numberland which I'm loving. I'm also over halfway through a non-fiction writing course run by the London School of Journalism, and getting good feedback from my tutor.

So there we are. Not a bad year. Nothing spectacular - but lots of fun, interesting, enjoyable times. If 2011 is as good, I'll be happy. And I wish a most excellent New Year to all of you.


Jenny Beattie said...

I fear that varifocals aren't very far away for me... eek; I"m not old enough either.

I hope you and your Paramour have a wonderful, healthy and happy 2011.

Debs said...

It sounds to me as if you had a very good year and congratulations once again on those excellent OU and writing achievements.

Wishing you a happy, healthy and fun 2011.x

Madeleine said...

Congrats on your 2010 achievements. Hope 2011 surpasses your best wishes.from one varifocal wearer to another ;O)

Miss Footloose said...

The best of all is that you are happy with your life; it's a good omen for the New Year. The right mindset is a big part of success. Creates all thoe good chemicals in your system, like magic ;) Happy 2011!

Jen said...

Well, I think it's a bit cool that you're doing all the stuff you're not old enough to *really* do. We craved that sort of thing when we were teens, no?

Bifocals and arthritis might not have been up there on the list with going out after midnight and kissing boys but hey.

Wishing you publication, agents and all things wonderful this coming year XXX

Sue Guiney said...

And all the best to you! PS I'm on my 2nd pair of varifocals now...can't imagine seeing life without 'em.

HelenMHunt said...

Thanks for all the wonderful support you gave me during 2010 and I look forward to spending more time with you in 2011.

Bernadette said...

One of my 2010 highlights was the lovely day spent at your house.

Congratulations on your successes through the year - may 2011 bring many more.

Pat said...

Seriously Queenie - you are an example to us all - and lovely with it.