Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Christmas Successes

What better Christmas present can there be for a writer, than a letter of acceptance? I received an email from Hope Hamilton this week who was absolutely ecstatic (and quite rightly so) at the sale of her second assignment piece to the magazine "Times of the Islands" which covers Southwest Florida's Island Coast. Even better, was the cheque for US$400 she received for it.

Dave Cullen also sent me an update and has achieved seeing his 42nd joke published in That's Life 'Rude Joke of the Week' slot. It may only be a payment of £15 per joke, but with 42 jokes published, Dave has now earned £630 from this slot alone - who's the one laughing now?

This is a good time of the year to take a look back over the year and look at your successes, no matter how small they are. Having the courage to print out your work, pop it in an envelope, and then slip it into a postbox is a success if you've never done it before. A letter published in a newspaper or magazine is a success too. With all the reality TV shows talking about 'the journey' that the contestants have been on, look back over this year and consider your own writing journey. As long as you have achieved something that has taken you further along the road of your writing journey, then you have a success to be proud of.

Merry Christmas to everyone!


  1. Yes I took your advice and reviewed my 2009 work and now I need to sit down and list the challenges for 2010. Shall I add 'The Oldie' again or not...Hey what is with the B & W look ?

  2. Hi Rob

    Yes, include The Oldie again - nothing ventured nothing gained! They may be enthralled with your next idea!

    As for the black and white look - let's just say I'm all washed out after the Lake District!