Yes, I know – here she goes again! Believe me, I am sicker of it than anyone else is. I make so many promises to myself (I realise no one else really worries about it), and I break them every time. I’ve long been contemplating where I need to take my writing, given my current life situation. And it may take me a while to really sort it. But, I need to start organising myself if I’m going to get anywhere with my writing.
My life over the last few years has become very full. Beautifully full. But much busier than I ever imagined my retirement to be. I had envisioned my retirement years as sleep-ins, bush walks, road trips and the occasional overseas trip. And writing. Lots of writing. But you know what they say about life and other plans.
Firstly, and most importantly, there is my wonderful family. The marriages of my two sons have grown my number of children from two to four. I am blessed to have two wonderful daughters-in-law. Family events are always joyous occasions – especially now that both couples have had beautiful little boys. They are my world. I relish every moment I spend with them. They certainly keep me busy – and I wouldn’t have it any other way for a million dollars.
Then there is the fulfilment of a lifelong dream. I started learning to ride a horse. Won’t ever get to own one, but I have lessons and volunteer where I learn. Been known to do a couple of easy cattle drives as well – haha. The photo is me on one of my favourite rides, Harley.
Add to those things Aquafitness, looking after my dog, Bindi, time with my husband and trying to fit friends in, I haven’t found a lot of time for writing. But I want to write. I have to do something about it.
As a first step, I’ve signed up for NaNoWriMo for this year. I’m yet to work out how I’m going to do it, but I feel like a deadline of sorts may be the way to go.
Kerry A Waight - Author
A writer of historical fiction and paranormal stories.