Well, it's 2013, and you know what that means - the world didn't end! I must say I'm slightly disappointed. Sure it would be awful; the entire world wiped out, the end of life as we now it, a few measly survivors dotted about here and there fighting over the last cabbage. But the thing about extinction level events is that they go way beyond once in a lifetime - the last animals this happened to were the dinosaurs. No human has ever seen something like that happen and it's highly likely that no human ever will. Now I'm not saying that it would be great for everyone to die, because seriously, that would suck. But imagine waking up in the afterlife knowing you had just witnessed the most cataclysmic event in the history of the world. You'd be the envy of all other ghosts would you not!
Anyway, I hope you all had a great Christmas and a wonderful, sober New Year! And the best thing about the world not ending - I still get to blog and do IWSG. Yay! The Insecure Writer's Support Group runs on the first Wednesday of every month. Fellow writer's discuss their doubts, triumphs and offer words of encouragement to peeps who are struggling. You can sign up and check out other participants here.
I've not been writing a lot at the moment and it is starting to mess with my head a little. When I first started studying with the Open University, it was because I was off sick all the time, always falling behind in my work because I couldn't attend classes, and basically not getting anywhere. The Open University has made a great difference, but I'm still struggling. One of the first things I learnt on the creative writing course I'm currently studying, is that we need to write every day, even if it's just a little bit about nothing - all writing is learning and practice. But at the moment I'm not doing that. I try, but I always end up falling asleep. I know I'm a lazy fecker! I wouldn't mind so much though if I was already a writer, a little break every now and then is needed, but I'm still learning and I clearly need the practice. I don't like being so negative all the time, especially at the start of a shiny, brand new year, but I'm starting to wonder if maybe I really am doomed to fail :(
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