Happy New Year and Happy January! How are you? No, really, how were the holidays? Did you have fun? Did you have too much fun? Did you get to spend time with your loved ones? I promise, I won’t be writing here about new year resolutions, diets, new fitness regimes and travel plans. I won’t do that because I want to keep it real. January can be tough, right?
I set off from Heathrow about an hour ago, and the captain just turned the belt sign off. I’m flying back home to Sofia where it’s proper winter – minus temperatures, inches of snow, icicles the size of elephant tusks. I’m writing this on the plane, and I can’t think of another time I’ve done that. In the past, I’ve felt too self-conscious (silly, I know), but this morning’s flight isn’t as busy as usual, and the seats beside me are vacant.
I have two weeks off now, and it’s a nice way to start the new year. Not because I want to make some great big plans, but because I need some clarity about the things I want to do, the things I dream of doing, and the things I absolutely have to do. There’s a difference, right? I think I’m feeling a bit down because the rejections keep coming in. I’m trying not to lose hope. It’s too early in the game to lose hope. But it’s been hard. This agent-hunting business is definitely not for the faint-hearted.
There’s a very loud group sitting a few rows in front of me – three British couples, I’d guess in their late thirties, going on a ski holiday to Borovetz. I still haven’t figured out all the dynamics, but I’m inclined to think that these are new relationships. The laughs are too loud, the jokes are too many, the opinions are too respectful. I keep thinking whether they’re having as much fun as they seem to be. I mean, I hope they are. It’s so captivating, listening to the pattern of their laughter – there’s something very symphonic about it, the way the tentative disharmonious notes come together, rising to a perfect, untamed crescendo.
And this brings me back to the real reason why I wanted to write this post. I wanted to start the new year saying thanks for all the things that made 2015 a very good year.
• My mum’s health is improving, and I got to spend another Christmas with her and my sister.
• I started a new job, which was a promotion, and this means no more night shifts, no more working weekends and bank holidays.
• I collaborated with the lovely, talented illustrator Louise Keane who produced these ten gorgeous illustrations for the "A Month in 10 Stories" post series.
• Novel #1 is finally finished, and I’m submitting it to agents.
• I read a few incredible books (The Goldfinch), I watched some wicked TV series (Breaking Bad), Star Wars is back, and oh, I got to see Chris Hemsworth, again.
• Great things are happening in my friends’ lives – babies, engagements, boyfriends, professional achievements – I’m so happy for them all, and I’m so grateful to have them in my life.
• Over the year, I received a lot of encouragement and support from family and friends, and from you, lovely readers. Thank you! It’s been so much fun.
So, Happy 2016 to you all!
I’d like to believe that something amazing is going to happen this year.
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