We just returned yesterday night from a three-weeks holidays in Tenerife. Besides being exhausted, I am extremely busy unpacking, tidying things up and cleaning the house. So not much time for writing and everything else right now. It is definitely going to be a slow start this year. Although I have already scribbled a flash story and I have another short story waiting to be edited, I don’t think I will get much done until February rolls in. Or at least, I am not putting any pressure on myself until then. But who knows. One thing I learnt last year is that the busier I am, the more productive I am.
Some exciting things have already happened this year – and it’s only been ten days! First things first, I have won Zer0flash’s monthly competition. Yep, I’m December’s winner. The theme for last month’s competition was obviously Christmas and I went and wrote my goofiest story to date. You can read Santa Hits on Grandma here. Thank you, guys, for this first place. It might be a teeny tiny thing, but it feels like a huge achievement.
And now, onto more mundane things, you can find me on Instagram. I already had a personal account, which I hardly ever used, and now I also have a profile for my writing shenanigans. Photography has been a hobby of mine for quite some time, though I don’t take as many photos as I used to these days – ah, the sacrifices of motherhood. Nevertheless, I want to try and keep a consistent record of my writing journey. And also establish my online presence as an author, or whichever way people call those complex marketing strategies nowadays. Anyhow, let’s be friends! Do come over and say hi. Or simply drop by at @irenemontanerwriter.
That’s all for the time being. I will be back soon with my favourite short stories of 2017 (I still own you that) and my writing goals for 2018. And in the meantime, happy writing!