Well, here it is, nearly the end of 2016, and I am drawing near to the end of my middle-grade novel, Harriet & the Secret Ring. It's been a while coming, not withstanding the sudden death of my husband in April, which put me in a tail spin. At times, many times, I haven't had the motivation to keep going, And yet, at other times, my writing has kept me going. It's been difficult spending my first Christmas in 40 years without him, but I think he would want me to continue. Something a little weird happened on Tuesday, or maybe it was a sign that I'm on the right track. My book opens with Harriet's teacher sitting dangling his long legs over the edge of his desk. He's a slim man with thin-rimmed glasses, and he is setting the year 4 class a history project.(He is based on my Year 4 & 5 teacher). Harriet & her friend Will ask if they can buddy up to work on their project. I was painting my kitchen cupboards on Tuesday & had the t.v. on in the background. A YA movie came on called Avalon High, about a teenage girl moving to a new place with her parents, who are experts in English history, being fans of King Arthur. She meets a boy called Will & they become good friends. My protagonist Harriet & her good friend, Will, are the backbone of my novel. The movie was about the girl, Allie, being the re-incarnation of King Arthur. (Strange, I thought, but bear with me). One of the early scenes involves their history teacher, who is a slim man, sitting on the edge of his desk, dangling his long legs and peering over his thin-rimmed glasses. He is setting them a history task, pairing them up with a buddy to work with, and of course, Allie & her classmate (not Will) work on the legend & a prophecy about King Arthur. Harriet & Will go back in time, and the last place that they end up in is Sherwood Forest, kidnapping the Sheriff of Nottingham. Not quite King Arthur, but close enough. My impetus to keep going-perhaps a sign for the future? Finances are tighter than ever, with a load of bills coming, but I'm hoping to put some money aside for a professional m.s. critique when I'm finished. Must say I'm a little excited about where the future might lead. Can I encourage anyone who is flagging, to look at their writing afresh and be encouraged.