It's funny sitting here at the end of the year, wondering where the time went. It passed in a flash and yet so much happened and I have so much to be grateful for. Nothing really bad happened — we've all still been sick a lot (my return to the UK seems to be made up of one endless cold for two years now), I had to be both Creative Director and Managing Director for six months of the year (actually enjoyed the stress/pressure) and we had to move home (the new place is so much better). On the good side:
(1) my son continues to grow into a delightful, happy, charming, intelligent chap. Every day is a new joy as I watch him become a person of whom I'm so proud. We had our first kickabout in the back garden, passing the ball back and forth — such a simple thing but incredibly emotional.
(2) I discovered the real joys of running outside and completed my first half-marathon. I get real pleasure from the experience and its worth getting up early to bound over the common - only the endless colds are stopping me from doing it more often.
(3) I completed my second book SWITCH/BLADE and got an agent through it - moving one step closer to my dream of being a published author.
(4) I'm well into writing the third book, provisionally entitled NATHANIEL RANE. This is a whole new experience writing with agent feedback as I go. It stands at present at 89,000 words and I'm four months into writing it. I think I'll finish the first draft now at the end of January but that in itself shows massive progression. CRY HAVOC took 2 1/2 years to write, SWITCH/BLADE a year. I'm proud of where I've come because its through hard bloody work.
(5) I'm married to an amazing woman who inspires me and supports me and gives me a good kick up the backside when I need it. It's true what they say: behind every great man is an even greater woman. To her I say thank you - 2015 will be a wonderful year.