I am probably not the only person to do a blog like this at this time of year but I do think it is a therapeutic thing, putting the old year to bed and looking forward to a fresh new one.

2010 was a definite mixed bag for me. It included some pretty spectacular down moments but also had dizzying highs. Let’s start with the lows.

My husband has struggled with his health for the past few years and this year brought another big operation for him and operations are never fun. He’s doing better after this op but has connected problems that are going to carry on into 2011 but I am happy to say his health is better now than it was at the beginning of 2010 so that is something to be thankful for.

My uncle passed away and as sad as that is in itself it is even sadder because I had not seen him in many years. I urge you all to send communication to those family members you may not have spoken to or seen in a long time because you don’t wait to realize you’ve missed your chance. A positive from this tragedy is that I reconnected with several other members of my family I have not seen for ages. There is a silver lining in everything.

My mum’s house was broken into THREE times in just over a month. She was lucky in that they didn’t get much of value each time though my Nat West Pigs I collected as a child were stolen and although I have had the money to their perceived value it is not the same as having my pigs to pass down the generations.

Another down was the death of my external hard drive. Luckily I had a backup which was fairly old and I didn’t lose any stories I had worked on but I did lose all my saved emails and many other bits and pieces like my bookmarks that seem insignificant until you want to try that delicious recipe you bookmarked and can’t remember the name of.

Backups people, make sure you have LOTS of them.

So enough of that, lets visit the ups!

We had some awesome trips in 2010. Here are a selection of photos from them.

We stayed at the Scarborough Grand hotel, a place I’ve wanted to visit since I went on holiday to the east coast as a child.

We visited the Tutenkhamun exhibit when it visited Manchester and were immersed in the magic of that tomb find.

My husband and I visited Leeds for our wedding Anniversary back in September and had a wonderful time.

I also got a week long visit to my beloved Scarborough where we got to roll our own rock and make chocolate lollies at the very famous John Bull Rock factory.

Writing-wise I’ve had a fantastic year. I’ve become an Xcite Author in their new eBook field as well as in print and at the end of the year I joined Silver Publishing who are also very awesome and have some of the friendliest authors in their ranks that I’ve had the pleasure to meet.

I have published 14 stories this year, some in anthologies many stand alones. I’ve entered and won the Just One Bite Contest at All Romance Ebooks which was a complete and utter joy, I thoroughly enjoyed that. It’s been a brilliant year for me as an author.

The very tippermost-toppermost high (prize for anyone who can name the song that’s from) was that on the 23rd September my husband and I celebrated ten years of marriage. I love him as much now as I ever did, if not more and we had such a lovely, romantic weekend away to celebrate. I know many people may not feel that Leeds is romantic but we’ve wanted to go for years and years and it was so lovely to spend some time together as a couple visiting places we wanted to visit and just celebrating being together.

So I hope that 2011 will be good to us all. Now let me know what you’d like to see from me in 2011 and I’ll pick a random commenter to receive a Blisse ebook of their choice!