Welcome to 2015 everybody!

It’s just turned midnight here in New Zealand and the celebrations are going strong here at home – this year we’ve decided to let our hair down at home rather than try to beat the traffic and crowds in town. Some may consider that a sign of growing old, others might consider it wisdom. I’ll have to wait for the hangover tomorrow morning to decide how wise it was.

To be fair it’s been close to a decade since I was last hungover as it’s not fair to my kids the morning after. As a working parent I only have a handful of weekends to share with them, half of which are in the winter, so I prefer to be capable of venturing out to the beach or local park if need be. That won’t stop me from turning the music up and enjoying company tonight though – I just wish so many of you fantastic readers/followers/fans/friends could come over to join us.

Especially these great peeps on my #FridayFollow list and the #VOELady group.

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2014 Chaos – I’m the first to admit that one & I’m sorry if I haven’t been able to pimp you out as much as planned. Work commitments have become my #2 priority once again, falling behind the dormant times of simply admiring my wonderful children. The pleasures of having kids piled up on you on the couch giggling and smiling is not easily ignored. I call them my ‘time wasters’ but the reality is they’re at that magical age which never returns, so I’m milking it for all it’s worth.

Besides that little lifestyle nugget, 2014 has been a period when I’ve completely turned off from Social Media as much as I can. The whole world aches with pain every time I peer into Facebook, Twitter, News, etc… I’ve witnessed some of the most horrific videos & images in these recent months that were beyond imagination. I’ve felt so strong about this for years now after discovering just how many innocent children are taken out of this world overseas through war & conflict, & it’s something I’ll continue to have empathy for. At the risk of sounding like a beauty pageant contestant, I just wish that this craziness in the world would someday come to an end.

An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.
– Mahatma Gandhi

2015 Promises – *Fingers Crossed* This year will see the release of my novel LibriumI Know I have said this for 2-years now. What can I say? Life has become my #1 priority I guess… Librium won’t be here until February at leas tin order to comply with the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award criteria. Personally I believe this to be a huge, huge, long shot, but you’ve got to be in to win, eh?

Yes, I have been stuck in a no-writing zone for a while now due to personal commitments, health, and family matters. Most of which looks set to be sorting themselves out for now and I’m really keen to finally get this piece of work, and others, out into the press this coming year.

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Personal Thanks to these fabulous peeps:

https://twitter.com/loveleov – A local Kiwi writer who’s really been beyond help for me on a number of publishing matters. I know she would love to see my work become a success. Please check her twitter account out and blog at http://kiwiliaison.blogspot.co.nz/

https://twitter.com/V0Ella – Amanda and John at http://www.voella.com/ have been amazing supporters of my activity! These guys have such a common sense approach to healthy living & lifestyle plus they are huge supporters of so many other poets, writers, bloggers, and book lovers out there.

https://www.facebook.com/mary.palmerin – Mary has popped in on my FB messages & TL every once in a while to give me some advice or just to say hello. Her timing was impeccable on a couple of occasions and I just need to say thanks somehow. 🙂

Of course I’d love to add thanks to everyone who’s interacted with me in a positive manner over the year, but that’s just going to delay this whole Librium release-thing, which nobody wants. 🙂

Have a fabulous 2015 and thanks for all the 2014 memories.