Successes for 2018

Children’s author Julie Hedlund, challenged participants of her 12 Days of Christmas for Writers series to post SUCCESSES (rather than resolutions) on our blogs this year. She believes the way New Year’s resolutions are traditionally made come from a place of negativity – what DIDN’T get done or achieved in the previous year.  Instead, she suggests we set goals for the New Year that BUILD on our achievements from the previous one. I decided to participate in this Anti-Resolution Revolution! 

This year has been a year full of surprises, and the successes are not what I would have predicted at the start of the year.

Here are my successes for 2018:

  • Moved house in the middle of the year
  • Received royalty payments for Lizzy’s Dragon
  • Continued to sell copies of Swallow Me, NOW! and 3…2…1…Done!
  • Hosted a number of books through Books on Tour
  • Read over 100 books!
  • Signed up as a Books in Homes Role Model and visited Nowa Nowa Primary School for their end of year book presentation ceremony
  • Launched a new-look website (this one)
  • Ran a workshop at the Sharing Alternatives market in Heyfield
  • Ran my first Imagination Storytelling Workshop in December in Oakleigh
  • Made good progress on writing a follow up to Lizzy’s Dragon and a novel for grown ups
  • Began the process to start a Writer’s Group in Traralgon and continued the group in Mount Waverley
  • Blogging reviews on Read for Fun
  • Joined an amazing new Writer’s Group in Gippsland
  • Stocked my books in a couple of local bookshops
  • Went to Meet the Publishers Conference
  • Submitted a picture book to a publisher

I’m sure there are more, but this is what I have come up with so far. I’m looking forward to seeing what 2019 will bring.

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About Melissa

Melissa Gijsbers started writing when she was in High School during the 1990s, even winning some awards for a short story and a script. For many years, life got in the way of creative writing, however she did start blogging around 2006.

She currently lives in Melbourne, Australia with her two sons and a pet blue tongue lizard.

Melissa Gijsbers, Author, Speaker & Booklover
Melissa Gijsbers - Author, Speaker & Booklover