I will say that I feel very hopeful for 2018. Excited almost. I feel that something big will happen - but whether it is good or bad, I do not know. Maybe both. But even if it is bad, I must remember that grief and growth go hand in hand.
Callum and I went down South for our holiday break in late December. It was magnificent and I have returned as a Beach Snob. Perth has amazing beaches - just ask any Perthian. But boy do they not compare to the beaches down South; Albany and Bremer Bay for instance.
Perth city isn't much to look at. It is small and after a while the pubs and bars start to all look the same. But, if you ever come to Perth, I insist that you do not stay in the city. Because what you really should see is the WA coastline (pictured below).
So I have another editor now for my book who I pay per chapter to fix my grammar mistakes as well as provide advice. She isn't an editor by profession; I made this very clear in my Gumtree ad that a professional was exactly not what I wanted.
I declared that I was hoping to find an amateur, seeing as that is exactly what I am, who is hoping to make something out of themselves like me, or maybe has a passion for books.
I received over 50 responses.
But I am very pleased with my chosen editor as we are now up to the 4th chapter of editing. By the time the third chapter was sent to me I felt very hopeful and optimistic. My novel Tesselate had been stressing me out to extreme lengths as the process was not keeping up with the timeline I had in my head and I was still not confident with it. But now I feel that I have been placed back onto the tracks. And although I may not be at the stop I was hoping to be at by this point, I am heading in the right direction. I can feel it.
So by the end of 2018 I hope to have finalized my book to my highest expectations. I will once again attempt to submit it to publishers. But I am also excited to self-publish it myself, speak to book stores and try and have it available on kindle. So whichever route I have to take, I am good with either one.