A Brand New Year
My poor virus-addled brain is stuffed with thoughts – reflections on the year behind us, goals for the year ahead, my novel which I’ve just started rereading. But I don’t think I’m up to writing about those today.
So first, a photo of December 2014’s new moon to represent the beauty, hope and vulnerability of a shiny new year.
Today is a strange day – 6th January, Epiphany. The last of the twelve days of Christmas, the day the decorations are packed away for another year: THE END. And yet, it’s the day many celebrate the arrival of the three kings in Bethlehem – one of the reasons we give each other presents. It heralds the birth of Jesus and the New Year. It’s not an end but a beginning.
And that’s how I feel as regards my novel. I’ve finished the first draft. The story is at an end. But I’ve also started rereading, the beginning of that exciting period of rereading, redrafting, cutting, expanding. It’s the beginning of the novel’s journey out into the world. At the moment, I’ve got no idea how that will happen. But in some way or another, it will. I’m standing on the cusp – an end and a beginning. Scary but stimulating. A moment you need to feel well for!Tags: beginnings, drafts, ends, Epiphany, new moon, redrafting