2017 – the best of times and the worst of times… (a minimalist’s version)

Another year bites the dust, and like most years, 2017 had its ups and downs. Here are a few of mine:

Best decision – turning some of my old magazine stories into a charity anthology for a year. All profits made by The Saturday Secret  up until mid-February will go to Doctors without Borders. If you haven’t got a copy yet, it’s available HERE and it’s a snip at 99p.

Worst breakage – I dropped a glass bowl on a stone floor a couple of months ago. Tiny splinters flew for miles (almost). We’re still finding them…

Most important signature – the one I put on my contract with Bloodhound Books, for Baby Dear. Closely followed by the one on the Death Wish contract.

Second best decision – to stop buying house plants. I love them, but my fingers are any colour but green. So now I buy other things instead. Like tall metal cats.

Most unusual search term that brought someone to my website – Swiss house cellars. I’m still working that one out…

Biggest regret – I didn’t manage to sit on a beach and stare at the ocean this year. Lakeside beaches in Switzerland are lovely, but it’s not the same. Must do better.

Best business trip – that was to Bedford and Cambridge. It also gave me the opportunity to have my first ‘lunch with my publisher’ – thank you Betsy and Fred at Bloodhound Books!

Biggest surprise – meeting lovely Georgia Rose for the first time in real life during the same trip, and seeing how tall she is. I’d been picturing a wee soul, but there she was, tall and elegant!

Most overdue meeting – for three years plus now, Jane Isaac and I have been supporting each other as we went through the ups and downs of the writing life – and in October, we finally managed lunch together in downtown Bedford. It was A.MAZ.ING. (Meeting Jane, not having lunch in Bedford, though that was pretty good too…)

Best purchase – my Paperwhite kindle. ❤❤❤

Favourite read – tricky, but I think I’ll go for Terry Tyler’s Tipping Point. I was totally immersed. Death by social media… it couldn’t really happen… could it?

Biggest aha moment – working out how to use Instagram. I did it all by myself, too. Now I just need to use it more regularly…

And I wonder what 2018 will bring? Thank you everyone, for sticking with the blog this year – and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 

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18 Responses to 2017 – the best of times and the worst of times… (a minimalist’s version)

  1. jenanita01 says:

    I need to learn about Instagram too, there has to be more to it…
    Hope 2018 is as good for you as 2017!

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  2. Georgia Rose says:

    Hahahaha… ah lovely Linda, I had no idea I was your biggest (literally!) surprise and that you had pictured me as wee, but I am delighted we got to meet at long last 😀 And, elegant??? I’ll take that 😀 This has been a great year for you and I wish you all the best for 2018!! Happy New Year xx

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  3. Terry Tyler says:

    OMG, as Lottie would say! What a lovely surprise – Tipping Point was your favourite book of 2017????!! I am overwhelmed with overwhelmedness – thank you!!!!

    Aside from this, I totally get the splintered glass thing, love the tall cat, and hadn’t noticed that Georgia was that tall when I met her!!!! But we were sitting down, lots of us, and I perhaps didn’t notice! You ought to meet Carol Hedges – that was a big surprise, she towered over me! It’s lovely to meet online writer friends, isn’t it? And I envy you those lakeside beaches….. you ought to try living in Tyne and Wear, NE England!

    Thank you again, SO much xxx

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    • lindahuber says:

      TP was totally fab – really looking forward to the next instalment! I think Georgia’s probably around the same height as I am – about 5.4 or 5 – but I was expecting someone a whole lot smaller! xx 🙂

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  4. Julia Gibbs says:

    Yes, Georgia Rose is tall, isn’t she! I’ve once been in the same room as Jane Isaac, at a book launch, but didn’t realise until the next day – darn. I’d love to see you if you’re ever near Bedford or Cambridge again, I can get there easily. Thank you for an entertaining blog post with lovely pictures, and for introducing me to Bloodhound Books, who are indeed charming people, and whom I also hope to meet in person next year. A very happy 2018 to you, Linda.

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  5. Terry Tyler says:

    That is my ‘height’, too, but I always wear flats, so probably seem a bit on the short side!

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  6. Sounds like you had a good year, overall, Linda. Wishing you all the best for 2018! x

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  7. sharon says:

    You’ve had a fabulous year, Linda. Here’s to an even better 2018. Happy New Year xx

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  8. Stacey says:

    Sounds like you had a great year. Glass breaking is a nightmare. Instagram is one of those platforms that is great but takes effort and time. Have a great 2018.

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  9. mmwb10 says:

    Loved the rundown on favourite things and best decisions. And I’m with you on the Kindle Paperwhite. Mark bought me one last Christmas and I continue to be thrilled with it (and him!). Happy 2018, Linda. xx

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