New Year, New Hope

New Year’s Day racing at Cheltenham

I start the year full of new hope for 2014. Already on the 1 Jan, my husband, Angus and I were able to have a few small wins at the races, then after staying up until after midnight the same day, I was able join the  Romantic Novelists Association’s  New Writer’s Scheme This has very limited places available but now guarantees that my manuscript for my novel will be read by someone. Then two days later I got an award for all my blood donations even though I wasn’t able give blood at the time! Last night I found out that I have won a massage – Mmm, nice.

So all in all I am feeling hopeful about 2014, hopeful for renewing relationships that are important to me and hopeful for my writing. This could be the year of publication, after all some year has to be doesn’t it? That would be a reward well worth waiting for but it won’t happen without hard work and determination. Just like those horses racing to win in spite of the atrocious conditions or having to stay up until after midnight to claim that precious place in the Romantic Novelist’s Association. Winning always comes with a cost.


1 Corinthians 9 v 24 -Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win.

About journojohnson

I qualified as a journalist in 2002 and after a period working as a freelance for Gloucester Media writing advertorials, interviews, articles and press releases I have gone on to write for lots of magazines and newspapers, both local and national. I write regularly for the Writers and Readers magazine but have also written for CPO's Inspire, the New Writer, Classic Ford, and Take a Break's My Favourite Recipes among many others. I published my first full-length historical novel. Waireka in 2018 and my romantic novella, Alpha Male in 2016. Both can be found on Amazon. Please follow the links on my book page.
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