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December, December, December

Good Morning everyone! 

I genuinely can't believe it is December again already - I've said it countless times as you guys know, but where has the year gone? 

NaNoWriMo was a bust for me this year I'm afraid and I'm so sorry for not living up to my end of the bargain during November itself, but I will carry on posting articles and such like over the coming weeks in the vein of NaNoWriMo so don't worry. 

I know a few of you have had time to check out my current posted article on Bullying and I thank you so much for your support. I recently had a conversation at work with a colleague who had read the article and she told me that she had "much respect" for me, putting my story out there like that. To be honest, I've felt for a long time that it was a story that needed to be told, needed to be said, to be brought out into the open. Bullying is a massive problem and it effects more and more children (and adults) every day. It is not acceptable, it will never be acceptable and I don't condone anyone who acts in such a way. If you have been bullied, I urge you to talk to someone - I will listen to anyone who needs to talk - doesn't matter if it is a teacher, colleague, parent, whoever, just talk to someone. Don't do what I did. 

I bottled things up for years, mostly because of how my mother was. I didn't feel like I could say anything. All that happened was resentments grew. I would lash out when it all just got a little too much, sometimes pushing away those I called friends because I just didn't know how to handle it all. Doing that isn't healthy and can really affect your relationships now and in the future.

So, what good is coming out of my writing the article now? I'd like to see it as a turning point for me. You would not know the amount of effort it took for me to put it all out there like I did. To tell my truth. Now I feel that If I can do that, I can go ahead and take steps to get my work published! So in the coming months to a year, I will be getting my book edited and updated and will be working on publishing it. Most likely, this will be an E-Book to begin with, but I would love to see it in paperback on bookshelves! I will of course, keep you all up to date on my progress with that. 

Thank you to all of you for your ongoing support, I really appreciate it. 

So, in the meantime, what have I been doing? Well I changed my day job role in October, so I am learning new processes at work and learning the new job, but I've been told I'm doing well. I have also had to take the leap and buy a new car. My poor old car was not going to last much longer, she was poorly and had begun to cost me a lot more money than she was worth - the point that I had told my mother when she bought my car, that I would change car. So I now have new wheels, and I'm still getting used to what this car does - what doesn't she do?! I'm certain there's an ejector seat switch somewhere, a parachute, oil slick, and who knows what, but that might be just me living out my James Bond fantasies - she has so many buttons and switches though! At least I haven't set my wipers going when I meant to indicate left or right! 

I'm going to head off, errands to run, pieces to write and so on...

If I don't see you before, have a wonderful Christmas and a happy new year! 2019 is a year of change for me so keep your eyes peeled.

Stay safe, be kind to each other and as always, Keep Reading!! x

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