I know there’s a bit of controversy over when exactly a decade starts and ends, but for the purpose of this blog (and my poor, tired brain) I’ve decided that the decade ends on December 31st 2019. I can’t actually believe how fast these last ten years have flown by, and so much has happened! If I wrote about it all it would be a very long and boring post, so instead, here are my highlights in photographs.
Bits ‘n’ Bobs from the decade
Hard to choose a few photos to sum up the decade so far, but I’ll start with this miscellaneous bunch. At the beginning of 2010 I was still an extremely shy, introverted person with social anxiety and a reluctance to go anywhere or meet anyone new. It sounds dramatic to say that writing changed my life, but I can only tell you the truth, and that’s quite simply … it did. Writing gave me confidence, brought me joy, introduced me to new friends and filled my world with laughter and new adventures. Who’d have thought back then that I would travel to Leeds on my own to meet up with Jessica Redland and Jo Bartlett? Unheard of for someone like me, who dreaded even catching a local bus. By 2019 I was catching a train alone to King’s Cross in London, ready to meet my RNA friends to attend the Winter Party. I had a girls’ weekend away with family members to celebrate my 50th birthday, attended several writing festivals, and met Ruth Jones and Ann Cleeves! I also attended talks by Sophie Kinsella, Lynne Truss and Lucy Diamond. I spent a couple of nights in Derby, meeting up with my Write Romantic friends (and Jo brought the donuts and champagne!) I even attended the RNA conference in Leeds! These pictures reflect some of the amazing things that have happened to me over the last decade, and some of the people I’ve been lucky enough to spend time with. I’ve also chosen other images that show what these last few years have been about for me.
Saying Hello, Saying Goodbye. The Joys and Sadness of Family Life.
Fun Days Out
Making New Friends
Oh, how I wish I could fit in all the photos of the new friends I’ve made! Firstly, my lovely Write Romantic pals, Jo, Jackie, Deirdre, Rachael, Lynne, Helen P, Helen R, and especially the two who live in Yorkshire: Alys West and, of course, Jessica Redland, who seems to spend half of her free time with me, poor thing. Then there’s Lizzie Lamb, Isabella Tartaruga, Mags Cullingford, June Kearns, Anita Chapman, Sylvia Broady and Joy Wood. That’s not to mention all those fabulous friendly writers I met on both parts of Anita’s social media course in York. Then are the bloggers and Facebook friends, the writers I’ve met at the RNA conference and the Winter Party, and the fabulous bunch of women who attend my local RNA chapter meeting. Superstars all! I’ve also met some lovely people “virtually” when they’ve guested on this blog, or when we’ve chatted on social media. That’s not even counting the lovely and supportive readers who message me with the most encouraging and generous comments, and who really lift my spirits more than they could ever know. Writing has opened up a whole new world of friendships to me and I’ll be forever grateful for every single new friend it’s brought me.
The Story so Far …
Happy New Year!
All that remains is for me to wish you a very happy New Year! I really hope you have a wonderful 2020, and I hope to meet more of you in the decade to come. Here’s to the Roaring Twenties!