…a year makes!
This time last year, I was probably planning a Year 5 unit of work called ‘We’ll Meet Again’, and plotting to ‘evacuate’ 64 ten year-olds to Glynde. I had no idea that 2011 would go on to be a LIFE CHANGING YEAR. Those words are bandied around a lot on reality TV – life is so awful that we should all be going on The X Factor or Britain’s Got Talent to escape our own existence.
Thankfully I didn’t have to sell my soul to Simon Cowell, but this truly has been a LIFE CHANGING YEAR. I know this to be true because my life is now different.
Last December 30th I didn’t have a book deal. The more pessimistic side of my brain had almost given up on Lis’s story. I thought Hollow Pike might be doomed to living on my bookshelf, and my bookshelf alone. I can honestly say I’ll never forget the LIFE CHANGING MOMENT when a publisher bid on my book and in a heartbeat, Hollow Pike became real. Since that point in February, I’ve been so busy with edits; leaving teaching; moving to London; book covers; book two that it’s only now I’ve given myself enough of a break to realise how mad it’s all been and how lucky I am. I suppose, in magazine speak, I am ‘living the dream’.
I do miss teaching – I miss the kids, I miss the fantastic staff I used to work with and I miss the routine (I like routine), but I’ve created a new ‘writer’ life – and so far I’m loving it. Again, I mustn’t forget how lucky I am, I know lots of writers would kill to be in this position. To other writers, I’d say ‘keep going’ – 2012 could be your LIFE CHANGING YEAR. That said, my day is pretty much the same as it was before, but without the having to go and teach bit (I also now wear ‘lounge pants’ most days). There are no glamorous parties, no red carpets, no champagne (it gives me the runs), and Steven Spielberg has yet to call my agent. For those craving fortune and glory, I’d recommend The X Factor.
Of course, 2012 will be another LCY…Hollow Pike is almost ready to hit the shelves, some of you are already reading it/have read it, which is terrifying and exhilarating in equal measure (after all, I did write it because I wanted other people to read it). In 2012, I finally get published! I can’t wait…biggest build up EVER! I suppose this next year will see more new experiences, meeting new people, visiting some schools, and I expect a lot more writing…when Hollow Pike is out there, we’ll start to talk about Book Two!
No resolutions for me this year… I’m happy to wait and see what happens next! I’ve said this before – but thank you to all the Twitter peeps, the support for the cover and stuff has been fantastic – and you can FINALLY read Hollow Pike in just one short month. I can’t wait to be able to talk about it, and I’m even more excited for you to meet Lis, Kitty, Jack and Delilah. In the run up to the launch, there’ll be all sorts of weird things happening here on the blog, and on Twitter, and on Fierce Fiction. There’s a book trailer just around the corner…I hear it’s a goodie…
So Happy New Year! Hollow Pike: The Countdown – begins 2/1/12.