My blog will be five years old this year (August). That's five years of essays, artwork, fascinating facts and general tomfoolery. You can read it all here and on the blog's previous site here.
It was interesting to look back to the very beginning this morning and to see what I wrote on my first ever blogpost:
'I've also had a number of extremely successful meetings recently and have decided to up the ante on pitching my book projects to agents and publishers. I have lifted myself up from the well of despondency and I'm now happily sat in the bucket of optimism.
Onwards and upwards, people. Onwards and upwards.'
It's exactly how I feel right now - energised and raring to go. And it's worth noting that within six months of writing that post in 2006 I'd landed an agent and a book deal.
There's no such thing as luck. I'm convinced of that. Hell, I even spent a whole year trying to prove it one way or another (for an as yet unpublished book). Luck is being in the right place at the right time. But what gets you there is hard work, determination and a thick skin. If you're out there looking for every opportunity then you're in the right place to grab one when capricious fate throws one near you. Opportunity rarely knocks on your front door; you have to hunt it down and bag it in a net.
I've polished my hunting boots and repaired my nets. 2012 is going to be a very good year.