December is a busy time in Japan as people rush to finish projects before the January New Year holiday slow down. Making Christmas Eve but a pleasant blip from that hectic schedule. See this post from 2008 for the routine.


I will probably keep working until around 29th December, with a final winter clean up on the 30th, before downing tools to enjoy some time off.

In between the celebrations, I hope to get through a number of the many unread books on my Kindle. It would be nice to find one of my own among these digital goodies but that will have to wait until 2015.

have to wait sums up the story of my creative writing year in 2014; so near, and yet so far lol.

Nanowrimo was a case in point. I didn’t get any traction until the middle of the month and so finished with just 17K words. To put a positive spin on failure, I suppose I could say that it was more important to take part than to win; nah, total b@ll@cks.

Winning words are all that matters 😉

Well, those words will have their day of reckoning but only after I complete my best of markmccluretoday ebook. (Nanowrimo was a diversion from my supposed focus on that project lol.) I’ve picked out a dozen or so posts and am now editing them in Scrivener. This will be a short ebook and, if all goes to plan, it will be a prequel for the self-coaching book (just five rules) I’ve been talking about writing since 2012.

I really need to get my ar$e in gear.

How’s that for a New Year’s writing resolution!

Best wishes to you and yours for 2015.