Year of the Dragon 2012

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Apologies for the long absence.
The revisions for my eleventh book for Mills and Boon took me deep into the back of the cave looking for pieces of charcoal to scratch on the walls. But they are done and last evening I pressed the SEND button and slumped in front of the TV with a glass of wine.

So the book is now on my editor’s desk.  And I am starting my Monday with  a clear desk and a backlog of things to do which is not funny.

Time to shake things up. Because the 23rd January marks the Chinese New Year and the Spring Festival can last ten years until the start of the astrological new year – and 2012 is particularly auspicious.




2012 is the Year of the Water Dragon.

The Dragon is a creature of myth and legend. A symbol of good fortune and sign of intense power, the Oriental Dragon is regarded as a divine beast – the reverse of the malicious monster that Westerners felt necessary to find and slay. In Eastern philosophy, the Dragon is said to be a deliverer of good fortune.

The Dragon Year lasts one lunar year (12 months) –until Feb. 9, 2013.

After working so hard since Christmas on delivering this book at short notice, then the revisions, it is time to go back to my old business model.

Think of it this way. I am head of my own self-employed little company.

The production team are taking a day off after an urgent delivery. Which means that the planning department can get to work on what they do best.

My new year may be starting a little later than most but today works for me.

What do I want to deliver in the rest of 2012? How does that fit into the long term plans I have inside my head? When do I want to deliver it and still have a life and holidays and fun? How will that work stretch me as a writer?

Time to have a board meeting with the directors and get our heads [ head] together. Cake and tea provided by the management.

Go Dragon!

ps. I was born in the year of the monkey. Sniff. That explains a lot.




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