There is no point in writing unless you're going to publish", so the saying goes. I don't know who said it, when or why; I don't much care, but it always remained with me to this day not only because there is an element of truth in the words, but also an inherent, annoying assumption that anything you write automatically qualifies for publication, which we all know simply isn't true. But a roof has to be provided over ones head if not the family's head, food on the table and let’s not forget all those other bills that have to be paid. "Don't give up the day job", springs to mind.
Holding down the, "day job" is one thing, having to find the time to sit in front of blank screen is quite another. By the time you've done all the chores and let’s face it, they are chores, you might get an hour at the end of the day. But this is life. Life does tend to get in the way in more ways than one could possibly imagine and before you know it a whole year has passesd by and you've written one chapter. That road suddenly gets longer and longer.
Rest assured, I do hear you shouting, "manage your time better", However, all the time management in the world doesn't take into account those major events in life jumping out at you to thwart your progress by robbing you of the very stuff a writer needs, TIME. Of course the dishes, the garden, the broken bike can all be managed well enough but births, deaths and marriages are the worst culprits when it comes to interruptions and the sheer daylight robbery of time.
My father died early last year, 2015. Needless to say I have been preoccupied with proceedings to date. That road certainly got longer and indeed almost lead to a dead end. Why that should be the case I think I will leave for another time. For now, a new year has begun with the priority of getting this website up and running to a standard I'm sure you are used to.