Well, hello all ye lovelies. Yes, I have been gone for a long long long looooong time. But I did not forget about DA. Thank you for all the birthday wishes for ...ahem ... April. Thank you for remembering and for all of you who celebrated a birthday while I was gone almost from the face of the earth, happy birthday to you and I hope and trust it was the best day yet!
And here we are, it is almost the end of the year. Holiday festivities are in full swing. Wonderful!
My year thus far has been incredibly busy, so much so that I did not have time to paint.
The last time back in 2011 I told you that I am finishing up my novel for publishing. Well ... I am still busy. I have enrolled for another course, just to get me on the right track and put some extra kick into my creative juices. I am being tutored by another professional writer. And let me tell you, it ain't easy. One writer cannot tell another writer how to write. We all have our own special way of doing things and as you know, artist and writers are very sensitive people. We take our art seriously.
My course is almost finished. I have to produce 30 000 words of a well written manuscript ready and polished to go to the publisher by 26th of March 2013 in order for me to qualify for my diploma of some sort. And that is not even the whole book. It is only 9 chapters of the 23 I last counted. Hard work! So, if I am lucky my book will be ready for presentation to a publisher by end 2013. Maybe sooner. It has been a long road of editing, rewriting and editing, and rewriting but I must say, I've learned a lot, regardless of the hairs we've been splitting between the two of us. I need to finish this current novel and get it published before I can start on my next one. The storyline for the next one is already written-up, saved in a safe place and just waiting for me to bring the characters alive. And I am very excited about it.
I also hope to start painting again - high hopes at this point in time. I do not think I can remember how. But I will start again on a small project and see where I end up. It is time for a new start where that is concerned. Fortunately I am going on leave from 12 December and yes, my leave of 3 and a half weeks will be time devoted to my writing and my painting.
Other than that, my life has also taken of for a much much better turn, getting closer to my Maker and realizing that without Him I am nothing. There is nothing more satisfying and peaceful knowing that I have such an awesome Rock to lean on.
It has been a long and hard 2012 but every step was worth it.
I wish for you and your families a wonderful happy festive season and may all your best wishes come true. Be safe during this holiday time and take each other into consideration. Remember: tolerance goes a long way. And love is like the inside of a bounchy hot chocolate cake. You just want more and more. So give more and more. People, animals and our earth are precious.
Take care and be happy.
With much love
Listening to: Traffic on the freeway
Reading: My novel
Watching: The X Factor