Your en­cour­age­ment ap­pre­ci­ated

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Bye ev­ery­one!

Yes, to­day is my last day at the Chron­i­cle.

In the last five months I have met so many peo­ple who are 150 per cent pas­sion­ate about their work or hobby, from New Zealand sport­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tives, to those fight­ing the good fight on be­half of those who can’t, to oth­ers qui­etly work­ing to­wards mak­ing this town a bet­ter place and you are all le­gends in my book.

I fully un­der­stand the pas­sion and com­mit­ment that keeps you mo­ti­vated, gets you through the dif­fi­cult times and lights up your face when you talk about it, as that is how I feel about writ­ing his­tor­i­cal fic­tion.

I’ve been on this jour­ney for a year and it has in­cluded wob­bles, crashes and times when I’ve just wanted to curl up and have a good cry but those have been tem­pered by the mo­ments of ab­so­lute joy, like when I won the agents’ choice sec­tion in the RWNZ Strictly Sin­gle competition and pub­lished au­thors praised my work. That af­fir­ma­tion is the rea­son that I am leav­ing, to hone my craft and put ev­ery­thing into achiev­ing my goal of be­ing pub­lished glob­ally.

So, to ev­ery­one who called and emailed, who stopped me in the su­per­mar­ket, at the bowl­ing green and down the street to tell me they liked an ar­ti­cle or to of­fer their en­cour­age­ment, bless you, you have no idea how much your kind­ness meant. I guess to fin­ish, all I can say is thanks, happy read­ing and see you round!

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