New Year – New Dawn
I was asked to write a post on the #Food4Thought topic of hopes and dreams, so I thought I’d start by looking back at what I was aspiring to as 2019 drew to a close. With everything that has happened in MY life since then, particularly the pandemic affecting the whole world right now, I cannot leave this blog entry as it stands. Originally posted on 27 December, this is my revision for April 2020.
Following on from my retrospective post thanking people, who knows what 2020 will bring, but let me outline my plans, so I’ll be less likely to renege on them. This post is submitted to Food4ThoughtFriday as the prompt is
Catch up & Further Thoughts Hopes & Dreams
I’ll will not be at Eroticon for both days this year. Covid-19 meant The conference had to be cancelled although many had already pulled out for safety’s sake. I love its sociability – the rare chance to meet the creators of the sexy words I read online. I’m always educated and motivated by this conference, often humbled by the talent. There are some fabulous speakers lined up.
During 2019, to inject variety into my blog and to help me when grief struck (making it difficult to write) I published several collaborations & guest posts. Gratitude for great content and support is due to:
Starcross : Shared!
His and Hers Panties : (@Aguyinpanties no longer on Twitter)
I have always enjoyed reviewing fiction and for 2020 I plan to extend my reviewing reach. Not only will I be welcoming commissions to review people’s writing, erotic & vanilla, but I already have some in hand:
Kay Jaybee : Yes Ma’am
Sex toy reviews have been on Pillow Talk’s back burner for a while, since my contributor Vampy Valentine stepped away. For 2020, instead of reviews, I will be writing erotic fiction with product placement of sex toys. I invite toy companies and bloggers to slide into my DM’s to make requests for this.
My “Interview a Blogger” slot will refresh as a regular monthly feature. For 2020 I’ve invited some awesome folks I follow on Twitter to sit in my black leather chair to answer probing questions. I like to encourage less experienced writers / bloggers so I hope in 2020 to introduce you to some new voices.
Photographs – originally I didn’t share them, then I did. In 2019 I got braver! In 2020 you’ll see less of my selfie stick but I’ll be creating images to illustrate my blog. I’m aware of many bloggers who create innovative pictures with sultry poses, capturing light and balancing the composition – I can’t compete with the experts.
may will not participate in so many memes, my strategy going forward is to write more. It’s no secret that I want to see my work in books, so I plan to self-publish a collection of my short stories soon. After that, I’ll make a nuisance of myself promoting it until some copies are sold!
I intend to devote more time to reading, not just books I need to review. I feel my writing improves from reading longer works, but also for reasons of self care, I will lose myself in more books for 2020. I’ll admit to feeling a little stressed about my “duty” to read other blogs, which is not a nice feeling. I sometimes spread myself too thin. I will still be here friends on the sidelines, but trying focus more on fewer things.
This is my last post of 2019, as I am off the grid for a few days,
but I will use the time to plan a list of “go to” blog spaces, which you can read in January. Huge thanks to all my regular visitors & followers – without whom this blog would have just dwindled. Big hugs of gratitude to those who support me in practical and spiritual ways as mentioned in part 1 of this round-up post.
Thanks to Sexy Smut (Reddit) and Dirty Sexy Words, Reed James, Asrai & Slave Sindee for the regular re-tweets and promotions of my writing. Sharing and Caring. My heartfelt appreciation to those of you who offered a shoulder to cry on (via DM) during my tough times – you know who you are.
Above can see my edits to the original post with ‘strikethrough’ and use of purple text.
My ‘Global’ Hopes and Dreams for the Future:
Discovery & widely distribution of a vaccination for Covid-19
Stop/reduce loss of life to Covid-19
That kindness and consideration people now show for one another continues when the threat from Covid-19 ebbs away
That small businesses and independent traders can get up and running once the pandemic is under control
That thoughtless/competitive consumerism habits decrease. Simple pleasures for the win
That people place higher value on time spent in the company of friends and family
That the world values doctors, nurses, shopworkers and all people who’ve provided frontline services more highly
My Personal Hopes & Dreams:
That my family and friends survive Covid-19 without losses
That my father can have a dignified memorial with all his friends / relatives saying goodbye
That my writing continues to improve and gain credibility
That I can see more of the world, visiting places of beauty and tranquility
That I get to meet some of my writing heroes
That I can make an difference by practising recycling & slow fashion
That my children find partners as wonderful as I have
That I’ll always have friends who make time for a coffee or a virtual chat with me
Thanks for reading. I hope your hopes and dreams come to fruit alongside mine. Why not click the link to see what others put forward.