2021 will soon be dawning upon us here in the UK. To our friends in Japan who are already celebrating the new year, あけまして おめでとう ございます。

2020 wasn’t entirely a write-off for me. Global pandemic aside, I’m grateful to have more time spent with my family while in lockdown earlier this year, and to have had a chance to focus on achieving some goals. With that in mind, here’s my round-up of 2020:

  1. I lost 3 stone/42lbs/18kgs through following a strict keto diet along with intermittent fasting. I achieved my weight loss goal in 5 months between April and September 2020. More photos at https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/leilaniestewartweightloss/

2. I finished novel WIP#3, a literary novel/ social realism story set in Japan over the summer in July this year. It’s currently under consideration by a publisher after they requested a full MS. More on that later!

3. I’m making good progress with novel WIP#4 (psychological horror/ supernatural thriller). Currently up to 22,745 words.

4. My debut novel,  Gods of Avalon Road celebrated its first anniversary on 23rd November. I’ve outlined an idea for a sequel.

Here’s hoping 2021 will produce many good things, even if only a covid-19 vaccine for the masses!


About Leilanie Stewart

Leilanie Stewart is an author and poet from Belfast, Northern Ireland. Her writing centres around protagonists who are on a journey of self-discovery and who explore their identity by overcoming adversity. She began writing for publication while working as an English teacher in Japan, a career pathway that has influenced themes in her writing. Her former career as an Archaeologist has also inspired her writing and she has incorporated elements of archaeology and mythology into both her fiction and poetry. In addition to promoting her own work, Leilanie runs Bindweed Magazine, a creative writing ezine, with her writer husband, Joseph Robert. Aside from literary pursuits, Leilanie enjoys spending time with her husband and their lively literary tot, a voracious reader of construction vehicle books. CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA: https://mailchi.mp/17e6ca162ff3/leilanie-stewart-author

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