My 2014 in Review…

I suppose that this year will always be the year I thought I had a brain tumour.

And no, I’m not a hyperchondriac… for most of this year it seemed quite likely that I had either Cushings Disease or some other form of benign tumour on my pituitary gland. I saw lots of doctors about it (who all had different opinions on the matter), had lots of tests and a brain scan. The good news: no brain tumour!

The bad news: I probably have a neurological condition called dysautonomia. It would explain why my blood pressure and heart rate are all over the place (when I say ‘all over the place’ what I really mean is HIGH), and perhaps why I sleep so much. I have to see more doctors┬áin the new year… so maybe what I’m hoping for in 2015 are some answers, or some form of treatment. My hypersomnia and chronic fatigue have been getting steadily worse, not helped by the fact that I don’t have a ‘normal’ job or work ‘normal’ hours right now, and I just hope that somebody has a flash of inspiration and can solve what’s wrong with me. It would be nice, and it would make life a lot easier.

2014 will also be memorable as it has been the year that I gestated my first novel. Starting the year off in a total panic after a disastrous redraft, and finishing it seeing the reviews from peers come in, has been quite a journey. To everyone who has been a part of that journey: THANK YOU. And for everyone who will be reading Othergirl in 2015, I hope that it doesn’t disappoint! The new year will hopefully see me bring a sequel to fruition, and then the hard task of working out what to write next begins. I have a few ideas up my sleeve…

Finally, some resolutions for the new year:

  • To read more. I was really disappointed by the fact that I didn’t hit 70 novels this year. My aim is to be at 100 by this point next year! Although saying that, I’m not going to do the Goodreads challenge because honestly, seeing how far behind I am on that really stresses me out.
  • To finish two first drafts of new novels! The first draft of the Othergirl sequel should be done by Febuary, then I’ll be in stressed-out-rewrite mode, and then I want to have written one more new book by the end of the year.
  • To travel more! Long holidays are difficult for me, as I need to save at least two days a week for sleep, but I want to try and have more long weekends away. Or spend as much time away as I can manage whilst suffering with chronic fatigue.

I hope your 2014 has been full of adventures and happy memories, and here’s wishing you all a fabulous 2015.

Happy New Year!!!