Dear 2013

Dear 2013,

Valley Lake, Mt Gambier

Valley Lake, Mt Gambier

Thank you for the magic and incredible learning curve…

2013 has been a big year for me personally and professionally. I cannot wait for the unexpected journeys 2014 will bring.

Have a great start to the New Year everyone. Make 2014 yours in every way possible and discipline your disappointments if things don’t always go according to plan. They never do, but you have the power to control your attitude. Always.

As for what I’ll be doing to see 2013 off? Think of me rock climbing into the sunset with great friends.

Love and light,

Anushka xx

Ps: I would like to give a shout out to Amanda Martin fromWriterMummy. She has almost completed her 365 day blogging challenge – which is insane since she has two young kiddies! x


Around Here ::


I kill succulents. I really do.

Happy Holidays everyone! It’s crazy how busy the last couple of months have been and then, BAM, Christmas. This time last year I was planning for a wedding and it’s crazy to sit back and reflect how full this year has been.

The 3rd draft of Dancing Peregrine has been completed after much procrastination, dead ends and stalling. The last few days included 14-16hour days and 35,000-40,000 revised/rewritten words… which is completely insane looking back! On the plus side, I have fallen back in love with the revision process  since becoming more ruthless with my work and tearing everything to shreds. Everything. I’ll blog more about my WIP next year and fingers crossed 2014 will be the year this baby gets submitted and sent out into the wild.

As for the remaining few days of 2013, I’ll be filling it with things I love, reflecting and remembering the things I am grateful for. I’ll also be wrapping up beta reading for a writer friend, trying in vain to have a clean house for 2014 (revision madness does not include housework unfortunately) and squeezing in a quick road trip to the land of volcanic lakes.

Would love to hear how you will be spending the last few days of 2013 🙂

Love and light,

Anushka xx


I love the year 2013.

It occurred to me recently half the year is already gone and I have to admit, this terrifies me. I love 2013 to pieces and I don’t want it to end.  I have never loved life or travelled so much in such a short space of time. Despite the year being nowhere near over, 2013 already evokes so many nostalgic memories.  It is gut-wrenching to feel these memories detach further and further away from the present with every passing day because I have loved every moment to death.

2013 is…

The year I got married.

Fell deeper in love.

Watched my puppy grow into a bigger, more loveable darling.

Cut negative influences out of my life.

Had no idea what I am doing with my life career wise.

Took a risk and become my own boss.

Felt closer to the dreams I have been chasing.

Experienced great frustration by the progress of my creative goals.

Felt confused about my love for acting and the role I want it to play in my life.

Neglected my blog.

Made new friends.

Shared my WIP with fellow writers I haven’t met yet.

The year I feel complete.

Every single moment of 2013 is filled with immense gratitude. However, there is a morbid part of me that looks into the future, to a time when I don’t have the people I love so much in life with me,  and wonder…can I handle the fact I will never be able to live the moments of 2013 all over again?

Everyday moments are precious. It is always good to take a step back and reflect on the incredible things you do have in your life.

What are some moments people are grateful for today?

Love and light,

Anushka xx

2013 Writing Goals: Designing Life With Words

People with goals succeed, because they know where they’re going

-Earl Nightingale


Twenty12  easily was the most productive writing year I have  ever had, with most of that hard earned magic happened during the second half of the year (first half was all about surviving the incredible experience that is acting school). I have a good feeling  Twenty13 will be just as productive, if not more! Imagine what one can accomplish when they use the entire year from the start?

I am a big believer in goal setting, I’m not going to lie…more often that not my goals are really ambitious and don’t take into account the other things I to do in life. When I’m on a roll creatively I also have the tendency to throw the whole healthy concept of Balance out the window. Something I hope to avoid this year.

So this year I’m tweaking the way I set goals for the year. I have separated them into compartments such as writing, travel and health and gone a step further and broken those big goals down into mini goals month-by-month. Some months are flexible and not set in stone ( hello, I’m a panster! I can barely plot the first 5 scenes of a book let alone goal set for 12 months!). It’s refreshing and comforting to see how my year will be made up, especially in regards to my writing pursuits, without feeling the need to cram everything into a month and have everything done now, now, now.

Below, I have shared my overall writing goals and my month target for January.

2013   writing goals

–         Complete edits of current WIP Dancing Peregrine

–         Outline Peregrine Series (Quartet)

–         3 First Drafts

i)      Peregrine_Book2

ii)     Project_Circus

iii)     Untitled – something fresh, new and exciting!

–         2 Revised Novels (not including current WIP)

i)      Peregrine_Book2

ii)    Project_Circus

–         Complete Editing & Proofreading  Course (via correspondence)

–         Read 24 Novels 


1. Proofreading and Editing Book 1 and assignment

2. Part 1 & Part 2 Edits: Dancing Peregrine


Part of me is excited and slightly mortified that I will be putting myself through TWO revisions this year (not including the one I’m currently on). But as my writing improves with every draft, I live in the hopes that editing will become a skill (not a chore) I improve with over time and practice. I’m actually groaning right now, but hey, positive thinking never hurts anyone right?

I love hearing about what motivates everyone so feel free to share what Twenty13 has in store for you. You are also welcome to share a link back to your blog in the comments if you have done so already 🙂

Love and light,

Anushka xx