A bit of good news to start the year: I've been accepted by a poetry mentor as part of the WoMentoring Project. We don't start until March, but she'll read some of my work and give me feedback, help me with rewrites and generally talk to me about writing which is something I really crave. We have a theme in common in our writing it seems: infertility and miscarriage, though her struggle has been much longer and more difficult. I'm looking forward to working with her.
I've been busy sending my work our to magazines and publishers again, both poetry and fiction. I'm also working on rewriting the first draft of my novel. I didn't do anything connected with writing over the Christmas holidays, so the kids going back to school has been a release to start working on my interests again. Still having to fit it around hospital visits and lessons, but I have found ways to make it possible. I'm not sure if I'll do much Finnish this term as the class is at an awkward time. Hopefully that will give me more time to write.
In the next couple of months before I start work with the mentor I need to reexamine my proposed poetry collections. I have enough poems for probably 2 collections but I don't know how to split them. I originally started with a Scottish/Finnish collection and a more 'poet looks at art' type collection, but I realised that I've been in Finland so long that the pre-Finland poems need to be separate fron the Finland poems. And the 'art' collection wasn't strong enough. So now I have a Scottish collection that's not 100% complete but could be if I give up trying to finish a unfinished series of poems for it, a half-written Finnish collection and some spare poems that don't fit in either. I'm not sure if this is the best solution so want to revisit what I've done to decide.
A new year to push on with, to continue writing and working on my own interests as much as possible. 2016 wasn't bad, it was a start of me after children, but I'm liking how 2017 is presenting itself.