New Beginnings

web-pic-with-christmas-tree-e1325737238760 I have this theory that if we were sat down on January 1st each year, and told all the changes that were going to happen to us throughout the coming year, we’d probably says, “No thanks.” Really, I believe we would. If you think about the ups and downs and highs and lows and crashes and milestones that take place in 365 days, lots happens. Lots. We don’t have that option though, so we set goals and ride the wave of life that comes at us.

Last year I was fortunate enough to achieve some of my goals. I wanted to run longer distances, so I trained for a half-marathon and was lucky enough to run in two of them. The last one was twice around the Stanley Park seawall in Vancouver, with the rain coming sideways at me, and it was fantastic. Yep, it really was. I realized one of my goals, and it was worth every puddle that I landed in and every ache and pain that I felt the next day.

My other major goal for 2011 was to publish my novel, and I did that too. I tried the traditional route first. You know the one, you contact an agent, wait months to hear back, and then get a nice automated rejection from them. Or, you contact a publisher directly, wait months to hear back, and then get a nice automated rejection from them too. Well, suffice to say, I was unsuccessful through the traditional channels, so, I e-published my novel through and, just before Christmas. And, I can tell you, it’s been quite a trip so far. I picked a cover, bought some advertising, hired a public relations company (that sounds impressive doesn’t it), had a talented man build a website for me (yep, that’s how you got here), and, at the end of the day, even though it was during the Christmas holidays, I sold some books.

Now, at first, to calculate how many I was really selling, I had to filter out the books that were purchased by friends and family, but after that, a funny thing started happening, I kept selling. Yes, even after doing a mental calculation of how many people I know that might have bought, I was still selling. Now, I’m not talking Amanda Hocking, or J. A. Konrathtypes of numbers, in fact nowhere near, but every day more sales have come in. And, then, some reviews popped up by folks that I don’t know. And, (this is where I got really excited), the reviews have been overwhelmingly positive.

So, to sum up, I did indeed accomplish my two major goals for 2011. I ran my half-marathons, and published “My Temporary Life.”
Now, 2012 is here and the obvious progression for me is, first of all, to run farther, and I’ve already started working towards that. I began marathon training in the last week of December, and hopefully, I will run my first marathon in May of this year. Can I do it? Or rather, at 47 years of age, with a penchant for desserts and all things sweet, and carrying twenty pounds too much, can I do it? Barring injuries, yes, I think I can do it. I’m participating in a clinic with some wonderful instruction, and the other runners are incredibly supportive. In fact, the positive energy during our running sessions is almost electric. It’s difficult to leave there without grinning from ear to ear. So, put a big check mark in front of “trying to run a marathon in 2012”, I’m on my way to achieving that goal.
Then, there’s my novel. Where will it go, will it continue to sell? And, what do I do next to get the word out there? And, when will I finish the next one? Well, patient readers, that’s why I’m here, and that’s why I’m doing things that I have resisted doing this far. I’m writing a blog, I am officially on Twitter (@Martinthewriter), and I have a website. And yes, I have resisted doing these things. First of all, I never thought anyone would be interested in my meanderings. And, some of you may be saying at this point, “You’re right,” and clicking that little “x” at the top of this page. Nevertheless, for those of you who are still here, I shall continue. I shall try to make my blogs as interesting and as personal as I can. I will twitter intelligent and insightful thoughts. And, I will endeavour to make my website as fresh and as accessible as possible.

In my blogs, I will talk about growing up in Scotland, and then moving to Canada. I will keep you updated on my progress towards running my first marathon, I’ll regale you with my insightful philosophies of life, and, of course I will tell you about the writing process, and how my novel is fairing.

On this website,, I will have contests where you can win free books, I will have excerpts from my next novel which will be released towards the end of 2012, I will keep you updated on interviews and guest blogs that I have been asked to participate in (yes, that really is happening), and I will continuously change the colours, so that you feel as though you’re in a new place every time you click on it. Yes, it’ll be like waking up in the morning and somebody has painted your bedroom walls while you were asleep. You’ll love it, you really will.

Good luck with your goals for 2012, Happy New Year, and all the best from my family to yours, and I appreciate that you read this blog, all of it, and it will get better. It’ll be way way more interesting next time, I promise. I do hope you come back.

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