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Don't let time be a thief...
Posted by Chris Nedahl

How is it possible we are approaching the end of 2017? Where did the time go?

This year has not been the best health wise. Nothing life threatening but just as we cleared one hurdle, another appeared! We are not out of the woods yet as Rod has one more appointment coming up next Thursday to check his coronary arteries. It might be a four hour hospital stint or it could be an overnight stay for a medical procedure to be carried out. So hope it turns out to be the former.

This is not going to be a medical blog, folks, just thinking how such a year could have made me somewhat more productive rather than less. Could it be the need to achieve is strong during times of doubt creeping in whether the moment might come when one truly doesn't have the time to do those things?

From my writing vision posted in July, (I can't find it on the forum now) I have achieved one of my goals of creating a paper file of all my poetry. Also, my blog is up, and almost running! I need to try and get it 'out there' more successfully. I haven't quite got the hang of navigating the Wordpress site so I need to work on that. An example is last Friday's poem, Time , which I thought I'd published. When I took a look earlier, it was in drafts. I have no idea what I did, or didn't do, but it is definitely published for all to read now - I think that amounts to 7 people!

As 2018 fast approaches I want to be ready to hit January running. Firstly, my NaNo script is not quite finished but I have over 51,000 words and it is close to being ready for editing. I need to start that as soon as possible or it will go the way of a couple of other 'novels that languish in the depths of this laptop, and partially in paper files. As I edit, I will post each chapter on the site for some constructive critiquing which WA members are so good at. Hopefully, I will have a viable manuscript by the spring.

Secondly, I will work at becoming more adept at the technology required to enable me to create more of an online presence. It isn't where my interest lies but I am very aware of its importance if you are a writer and want to be read.  

To each of my friends on here, I wish you a healthy, happy, and peaceful New Year. May 2018 be kind to us all and allow us to make our wishes come true.





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