Rediscovering the 'Me' in 'Mumeeeeeee'

'I have always thought that there is no more fruitful source of family discontent than a housewife’s badly-cooked dinners and untidy ways'. (Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management, 1861)

December 21, 2010


So, it's been another marvellous blogging year and as I wrestle with the bloody fairy lights which insist on falling off my carefully arranged display around the cooker (grrr), I would just like to take a moment to wish all my lovely blog readers and fellow bloggers an extremely Happy Christmas.

This year, like most, has had its ups and downs but overall, I think it has been a belter which has seen my hair get ever-greyer and my children get ever-taller, louder and messier. I find myself looking at them with more and more wonder, amazement - and occasional horror - as we hurtle into the school years and beyond.

This year, I attended the first ever CyberMummy conference where I nervously, but proudly, read this post and found out later that same day that my blog had won an award. I then had lots of large G&Ts to celebrate and felt a little ropey the next day!

I also took the plunge and started my online blogging workshops which you can read all about - and book - at the Inkwell Writers website.

I also, in 2010, wrote 60,000 words of my first women's fiction novel, helped by a huge spurt in November as part of the National Novel Writing Month. This will - hopefully - be finished in Jan/Feb and I will then start to submit it to publishers - ahem - if any are reading! I am also planning to release 'Hot Cross Mum - the ebook' in the early part of next year - so get those Kindle readers at the ready!

And just before I hang up my blogging boots for 2010, I am absolutely thrilled to have been nominated for the 'British Mummy Bloggers - Brilliance in Blogging Awards' for the funniest post of 2010. You can check all the nominees and vote for your favourite in a range of categories here.

So, that's it from Hot Cross Mum for this year. Here's to a fantastic 2011.

Now, where is that bottle of wine. Ah, there it is. Cheers.



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  2. Sounds like a very busy and productive year, I hope next year is just as successful and perhaps even more so! Merry Christmas x

  3. Congrats on a good year. I'm a novelist and teach fiction at the Munster Literature Centre in Cork, so am curious re: your novel....all the best for 2011.

  4. Congratulations and Happy Christmas to you! I love your blog and from my new bloggers perspective, it's charming to see successes are possible in the mighty and enormous blogosphere!

  5. You forgot your guest posts in the ES! Certainly THE highlight of the year?


    LCM x

  6. Sounds like a very exciting 2010 was had by HotCrossMum! Well done on your awards and innovative course....not easy to bravely follow up on a business idea ;-)

    Merry Christmas!

    xx jazzy

  7. Happy New Year to you and best of luck with getting the novel published! xx

  8. WellI certainly voted for you ..your blog is one of the best read ever ! it's been a pleasure following you this year. I can't wait for 2011 and will be back for the next update!


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