The new she? 'What's she been and gone and done?' I hear you cry!
Fret not, for what you are looking at is not just the new me - it's the real me.
Yesterday I had the confirmation I'd been expecting for a while, that the rights for my two published works of fiction have been reverted back to me. In other words, they're no longer with a publisher, and no longer for sale.
Am I bothered? No, not a jot! After a bunch of fabulous reviews - and I mean, fabulous - we're talking 5+'s and outstanding or recommended reads here - I cannot complain. I had a blast with those publications, they raised money for my favourite charity, they made me some lifelong friends - and I learned a lot.
Oh, boy, did I learn a lot!
I learned how to write, and I learned how I didn't want to write.
I learned to go along with things I wasn't convinced of in my own mind, and I learned later that no matter what, I'll go with what's in my heart from now on.
I learned what it's like to be categorised, and I learned that I don't want, ever, to be put in another box.
I learned that I AM a good writer, and I learned - thanks to some dear writing friends - that no matter what else is going on in someone's life, the love, the desire and the talent for writing will never, ever go away.
And most of all - I've learned that I'm free to write what I want to write. And that I'll keep doing it.
So here I am. This is the new me. Here I'll say what I want to say, share with you what I want to share, and express myself in all the ways I want. I'm excited beyond belief!
I don't regret a moment of my past adventures in publishing. I have a NEW adventure coming up, with the wonderful Muse It Up Publications who've taken my short story Edinburgh Fog, and I hope I'll have a home there for a while.
But most of all, I have the home in my heart - hence the title of my new blog, which I'll be coming back to in another post. Keep watching for that.
I'm at the start of a new adventure! Come with me, I'd love your company!