Happy New Year, everyone! 2019 was an eventful year for me. I finished up at a temporary workplace, completed one of three nursing courses (for more information on where I’m at with getting Canadian nursing registration see my previous post), I got married in July, went to China on a honeymoon, and began writing again. I am in Vancouver as I write this; we’d planned to visit with family over Christmas for a few days and then return to Calgary. However unfortunately our plans have gone slightly awry as my husband ended up in hospital on Christmas Eve. I won’t go into depth here, but the doctors have a good plan in place so hopefully things will be looking up by the time this post is published, though I don’t expect we’ll be back in Calgary until after the New Year.
On another note, 2020 beckons as the year crawls to its end, and although I don’t usually make end of year goals, this coming year I am determined to see our book When the Rain Falls finally published. You’ll note that Ashley and I haven’t set an exact time when it’s coming out yet—this is because we are currently pitching to traditional publishing houses, but, if nothing comes of our gentle prods to interest publishers, then it is totally possible in today’s world to publish ourselves. Our book has some unique aspects to it, and although publishers claim to be interested in unique stories, they do have an inherent risk, too. It goes without saying that risk reduction is of prime importance for any business, especially in recent times. Indeed, traditional publishing is becoming less of the norm with many small independent publishers closing their doors as Amazon, Kobo, and Apple all have begun to dominate the marketplace. At the moment, we’re not sure what lies ahead, but one way or the other, we will succeed.