by Alison Clifford
This week has seen a milestone pass - the second anniversary of the release of Roses. Sending my first novel out into the world was emotional - both scary and exhilarating. Letting someone read something you’ve written is akin to giving them a part of yourself, opening yourself up for critique and examination. It’s been worth it, though. To know I’ve given Beth, Warren, and the rest, life outside of my imagination is incredibly fulfilling. To give my imagination permission to come up with anything it can is exciting, too. Okay, so it can get a little scary, but it’s fun.
I’ve never regretted taking the plunge and writing Roses. Getting a story out of my head and seeing it come alive in words gave me a joy that’s hard to describe. Writing these stories is the force behind everything writerly related, so it was a bit of a shock earlier this week when I realised I had started to relegate my writing time down the priority list behind updating websites and social media, and the like. Not a good state of affairs! I want to spend more time doing the things that bring me the most joy.
This year is going to see the release of another two books, which along with writing, is going to take up a lot of my time. So, it’s with a bit of sadness I’ve decided to cut back on my blog posts. I started the year with a second blog, Write Mind, which has since merged with my main blog. I’m now going to post only once a week – for the time being, anyway. I’ll still write about writing, but it’ll mix with the rest. I enjoy blogging, but it takes time to put together a post, and time is limited. It may not sound like much, but it will ease the pressure enough to allow the rest to happen.
On a more exciting note (for me, anyway) this week also saw the arrival of my approved ESTA.
My what? It means I’ve been approved to travel to the USA (Aussies generally don’t need visas)! This year I’m going to see the streets Beth and Warren (White Rose series) walk, stay in the suburb in which they live, and visit the museum next to the submarine base at New London (Seeing Red). I’m getting a bit teary just thinking about it! Watch out for the blog posts in October.
Don’t forget – if you ever have any questions or want to chat with me, just send a message via my website or Facebook.
Happy Birthday, Roses.
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