Monday, 8 September 2014

Fresh Starts

I know everyone mentions the back-to-school feeling in the air, but it still affects me despite the fact that I'm not going back to school. It's been 3 years since I last faced a new academic year in full time education, which sounds preposterous because it doesn't feel that long ago, but every September brings a sense of excitement and apprehension. It's a time for fresh starts, so my attention turns to my goals — my New Year's Resolutions and other goals I've picked up along the way.

Fresh starts also involve tying up loose ends. A couple of loose ends have tied themselves over the past week or two: Murray's abscess has healed and the vet declared his scrotum normal, so he can go off the lead again! I'm more thrilled about this than he is, since I've had to put up with his excess energy. The other loose end was my Intro to Bookkeeping and Accounting course, which I somehow managed to pass with 91%. I suppose it shows that hard work can overcome most problems, even those concerning numbers!

My mentorship with Emylia Hall has started this week, which means that my major fresh start concerns my writing. After a summer of stagnancy, it's much needed. Some stories have fallen by the wayside, but there are a couple which I will (hopefully) be working on with renewed vigour. I've also got some ideas which could be turned into half decent stories...

One of my sticking points, however, is the novel I've been working on. Something doesn't feel right about it and I'm beginning to think that the best thing to do is to put it aside for a while. Part of me thinks I'm just being lazy for thinking this way, but it hasn't progressed much for months, despite me starting to rewrite it in a different way. I think it still has potential, but suspect it's not the right novel for me to write at the moment.

After all, fresh starts mean casting things aside so that new things can take their place. It might be saying goodbye to long, leisurely summer days in favour of studying an interesting subject or following a passion. It could mean cutting back on one hobby to pursue another wholeheartedly. For me, it's putting one novel away so that I can work on one that's right for me to write at this point in my life and career. It feels like a loss or a failure, but I hope I'm merely making space for something amazing.


  1. Great news about Murray! It's really tough keeping them quiet, medical necessity or no.

    Picking up a new novel is eye opening sometimes, both for the new project and for when you return to the old one.

    1. Thanks, Jennifer :-) I think my trouble is that I'm so worried that I'm being lazy by giving up on something that I end up flogging a dead horse! Not that giving up is necessarily permanent — another thing I need to remember — but it often feels like failure to admit that something's not working.

  2. Lovely post Hayley. Most of our creative inspiration comes when we take a fresh look at something. We need to love what we are doing on the inside for that to shine on the outside. I think this can apply to career/lifestyle as well as our writing.
    I would also like to say I've nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award as I've enjoyed your posts for quite some time. This is the link, Congratulations x

    1. Thanks Shelley :-) i will do the award sometime this week — once I figure out what to say!