Saturday, 7 January 2017

Happy New Year

Hello Readers,

First of all, I'd like to wish you all a very happy new year. I hope your Christmas was full of joy and relaxation.

I decided to take a break from writing over the Christmas period, so please forgive my silence. During my break I've had plenty of time to reflect on the direction I'm headed, and to plan my goals for the year ahead. I have decided to make a few changes this year. Ending the freelance business I began last year and remaining in my day job whilst beginning my studies with the open university this February - which I'm very excited about.
I feel as though I am starting a whole new chapter in my life, which is ironic as I recently discovered our lives begin new cycles every seven years, and this year will be the beginning of my next seven year cycle.
As my time will be more limited, I have also decided to make my blog post every 2-3 months.
I have many goals this year, which include: more reading, publishing my latest novel - Lady Raven, writing my next novel, learning to play the piano, preparing for my first journey abroad to America, and of course getting healthier.
I think you'll agree that every year there are many new books that we are eager to read. For me, this years reading list include: Veronica Roth's Carve the Mark and the third installment in the Willow Cottage series by Bella Osbourne - both of which I'm eager to read. This year I'll also be revisiting my personal collection and reading the books that I've not yet had the chance to read, as well as the ones read too long ago to remember. These include collections by Darren Shan and Terry Brooks, as well as stand-alone books such as The Making of the BBC's Pride and Prejudice. I will also be making use of my local library as much as possible this year, which is more important than ever these days.
Over the Christmas period,  I read Call me Mrs Miracle by Debbie Macomber, which was a little gem. I really enjoyed the story from start to finish. Although, the story was somewhat predictable, it was magical.
I also attended two online webinars with the amazing Joanna Penn, both of which were inspiring and incredibly informative. You can find out more information about Joanna Penn on her website:
The Creative Penn
I read an amazing article the other day on Reedsy titled: How to Start a Story, 9 Tips from our Editors. The article gives informative advice on the best methods thought to begin a story. You can read the full article here: Reedsy How to Start a Story Article
My latest novel - Lady Raven, is almost complete. I still have rewrites and the editing process to go through, but it will be published later this year. When Lady Raven is complete I will begin work on my next novel.
Recently, during an early morning walk in the icy British weather, I felt inspired to write a poem about my experience that morning, which I titled - Dawning Frost.

The ground twinkles beneath my feet,
On an icy bed of frost and sleet,
A choir whistles from the trees,
A melodic tune carried by the breeze,
A twig folds as a dog scurries by,
With a chill in his tail he chases the sky,
There's not a soul left in sight,
As the morning approaches first light,
An enchanting glow from the trees,
Iced webs set to freeze,
Purple legs and cardboard knees,
The winter god's not one to please,
My nose is running like a tap,
My hands are frozen as I clap,
I come up to a porch and a door,
And I know I'll be cold no more.

Thanks for reading and I hope this year brings all of your dreams to reality,
Louise Lake.

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