Thank you to everyone for their kind comments on my previous post and also to those of you on 'Cutting it Fine' who have given me their feedback. I really appreciate it.
Captain - Hypnolove did indeed start out as a post on Cloud Line as my contribution to the Valentine's Day exercise last year. I revised the story a bit for the competition.
Note to all those on Cloud Line: I've grabbed a smidgeon of success out of our little exercises so get out there and let's make a huge effort in 2009 to have a little sidebar of Cloud Line successes.
Lane - I wonder what it feel's like to have your name on a book cover? I've always wondered what it would be like to be browsing in the library and see your own book on the shelves.
Caroline - I'm keeping my fingers crossed for your exciting story ;-/
Helen - A successful and excitement filled 2009 to you too.
TF and Pat - I hope 2009 brings you all you have ever dreamed of.
L-Plate - If only publishing fiction was so easy, but you feel so cheated, don't you when a Committee report you have written has your boss listed as the report author, or your work is copyrighted to the organisation you work for with no reference to the author.
Debs - It was a lovely Christmas present. Happy New Year to you too.
Dar - I'm still a wannabe really, just like the 37 other authors in the book. Some of their work has taken my breath away - there is some real talent out there
Tam - Me too, but the next time my name is in print will be in the local paper tonight on an official notice about the budget consultation at the Council!
Femin Susan - Thanks for visiting my blog and a Happy New Year to you too.
The Dotterel - Hi Tim. What's it feel like to have made it? I bet you are up there on Cloud Nine, swinging your legs watching the rest of us struggle up the ladder.
Karen - Yeah, I was disappointed My Weekly didn't publish 'The Yellow Balloon' at Christmas because they had said back in May that it would be in the December issue. Still, they have paid for it so it's up to them when and if they use it.
Mother X - You too. I'm glad you're back on track again after your hectic Christmas with your gorgeous boys. I bet you are glad they are back at school, though!
I couldn't get to sleep the other night, so I thought I might make some predictions for 2009 (I only thought of about five before my brain went on a three-day-week and I fell asleep)
1. The first Facebook Wedding - Two people who met on Facebook will appear on the TV. 20,000 gatecrashers will then go on the rampage, causing tailbacks on the motorway and a trail of destruction. 'Tracey' will then appear on the TV with tear-streaked face and 'Darren' will sport a black eye.
2. The murderer who killed Rhys Jones gets beaten up in jail (now I thought this and then it actually happened a couple of days later, but it wasn't really a prediction - just no surprise was it?)
3. There will be some scientific revelations about the Moon - triggered by India's recent mission.
4. There will be more Royal shenanigans. This is a fair bet anyway - happens most years.
5. 'Sunlight' will nearly get published but not quite. The publisher who is interested will say it's because of the economic climate blah, blah, blah. My novel was not quite good enough, burble, burble, burble. It's the story of my life. I am such a 'nearly' person. I might cry, but then I'll look back at this blog post and remind myself that I was expecting it anyway.
I've kept one New Year's resolution and broken another. One of my resolutions was to try and keep up with blogging. The other one was not to let Facebook and Blogging get in the way of my early morning writing time. 'Nuff said!
What are your predictions for 2009, both personal and in general?