I’ve decided against my last pre-Christmas blog being a look back... I do the introspection thing far too often. I’m therefore going to ponder on what 2013 might bring... or at least what I’d like it to bring, so this is more “three wishes” as opposed to New Year’s resolutions.
Anyway, notwithstanding the three “H’s”... health, happiness... HUGE lottery win... with which I hope my closest family and friends (and me!) will be blessed, I would love for next year to bring some stability on the work front.
With the shadow of another restructure looming ever larger, the sense of insecurity (verging on blind panic) that comes from not knowing what will be happening to your job can weigh heavily at times. I love what I do... I am proud to work within the NHS and if my fairy godmother is listening, please wave your little wand like you’ve never waved it before.
Actually, I have utilised the services of another with regard to my employment prospects. A statue of St Gregory of Nin stands in the Croatian city of Split(one of my absolute favourite places). Legend has it that if you rub St Gregory’s big toe and make a wish... it will come true.
So I did... and I did... and I’m ever hopeful.
For the record, the said toe is now extremely polished and shiny from all the rubbing... perhaps it’s just as well that the legend was somehow foot-related...
Wish number two concerns my writing. I’ve been amazed at the reception I’ve received for what is essentially just a hobby. The ultimate dream would be to be “discovered” and for my slightly offbeat writing style to be unleashed on an unsuspecting public. No I don’t think it will happen either, but the two projects I have for 2013 are my look at the “Black Dahlia” murder and the completion and publication of my ridiculously overdue novel. Feel free to place your advanced orders now!!!
Finally, although we’ve already got tickets to see the brilliant Mrs Brown’s Boys in June, there is one other live show I am desperate to see... and that would be the return of Killing for Company. They are the band that Elaine and I “found” together... something that means a lot to me. Great band, top blokes and guaranteed good times... so Greg, Steve, Andy, Richie and Jamie, seeing you back on stage is officially wish number three... fingers crossed... and if that doesn’t work, I’ll be paying St Gregory another visit.
All my own work... almost.