December 2016

So, that’s it, another one over, I hope you all managed to survive Christmas and are enjoying the strange half life that are the days between the Big Day itself and New Year’s Eve. You know what I mean, those days when time has no meaning and you find yourself eating strange things at odd hours of the day, you’re still in your pyjamas at 4pm and the outside world seems a remote and scary place. Looking around my home, at the piles of presents yet to be put away, the boxes of chocolates, biscuits and other assorted festive food that we seem to have accumulated, I can’t help but think what an expensive, excessive and downright exhausting experience Christmas is. Every year I vow to do Christmas differently, to spend less on silly things and concentrate on what matters. I start off well enough, writing lists and planning budgets, but, by the time Christmas Eve rolls around, all thoughts of restraint have gone out the window and I seem caught up in a “hang the expense” mood. Ah well, there’s always next year …

Once again, I need to apologise for not keeping up with the blogs as regularly as perhaps I should. 2016 has been a very stressful year, one of great upheaval in both my work and home life, and one in which I have been dogged with ill health. I am hoping 2017 is going to be a more positive experience for me, and that I will be both physically and emotionally stronger, ready to concentrate on writing and promoting my work.

I have been asked if I make New Year resolutions? Well, I made plenty last year, none of which I kept, so I think this year I will make determinations instead. In that, I am determined to work harder at promoting my book, I am determined to make full use of all social media platforms to get myself and my work noticed, and I am determined to take great steps towards the dream of being a stay at home author.

Anyway, I wish all of you out there a Happy New Year, keep the messages coming in either through email or via my Facebook page. Very soon, I will be adding regular Twitter and Instagram updates and will be exploring the world of Goodreads. In the meantime, why not check out my new page on Wattpad.com where I have placed a special gift for all my readers everywhere.

Keep reading guys, and look to see much more of me in 2017.

Julia Blake

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