It’s that time of year again! I love this period in between Christmas and New Year when nobody knows what day it is and I don’t have to do anything at all. What I do usually decide to do is take a little time for reflection and introspection, and part of that is thinking about what I’ve achieved this year and what I’d like to do in 2022. So let’s go!
Publications and Events In 2021
In summary, this year I released my memoir and a Kindle version of my collected works from 2005 – 2020. I wrote five guest blog posts or articles and was a guest on seven podcasts, one YouTube video, one local radio show and in one written interview (most of this being related to my memoir). Eight of my poems were published in six literary journals, with three more forthcoming in 2022. Here’s the breakdown month-by-month:
- Book: Gut Feelings: Coping With Cancer and Living With Lynch Syndrome memoir
- Poetry: BOMBFIRE– Poem “Cheeks and Trumpets”
- Poetry: The Magnolia Review– Poem “darkplace”
- Article: “Gut Feelings: Helping Myself and Others By Writing My Cancer Memoir” at Lucy Turns Pages
- Podcast guest: WhyMe with Vera-Lee Podcast “Superheroes Don’t Wear Capes – Sam Rose – PhD research on cancer survivors from a personal perspective”
- Podcast: Started the Speaking Cat podcast
- Podcast guest: The Hope-Makers Podcast “Episode 7: Cancer survivorship in the shadow of Lynch Syndrome, with Sam Rose”
- Article: “The Benefits Of Writing About Your Cancer Experience” at Dancing With Fireflies
- Article: “Gut Feelings: Coping With Cancer and Living With Lynch Syndrome by Sam Rose” – Memoir extract at Bowel Cancer UK
- Poetry: RAW Journal of Arts– Poem “soft parts”
- Podcast guest: Radical Care Podcast“Self Care for Cancer Survivors with Three Time Cancer Survivor Sam Rose”
- Podcast guest: The Wellness Project With Des“How Creative Writing Can Help Heal Cancer Survivors”
- Podcast guest: Inspiring Research Podcast “#5 – Sam Rose – Helping cancer survivors through creative writing”
- Poetry: Autumn Sky Poetry Daily– Poem “radioactive”
- Article: “Sam Rose: 5 Things You Need To Heal After a Dramatic Loss Or Life Change” at Authority Magazineand also at Thrive Global
- Poetry: Writer’s Egg Magazine – Three poems
- Podcast guest: What do you think about X?S2: Identity | Gut Feelings: living with cancer | Sam Rose
- Article: 10 Years with my Internal Pouchin IA Journal (Ileostomy and Internal Pouch Association) Issue 252 Summer 2021, print only
- Book: Collected Quirks: 2005 – 2020 Poetry collection (collected works)
- Podcast guest: The Outskirts Poetry Podcast(2021) “The Waffle House Poet Laureate. You’re Welcome.”
- Written interview: Dr K’s Waiting Room “Author’s Spotlight: Sam Rose Interview”
- Webinar: Presented Stupid Cancer Digital Meetup “Feeling All Write: Practical Ways To Share Your Cancer Story”
- Poetry: The Post Grad Journal – Poem “the coarse coast”
- Video: Todd Sullivan YouTube Channel “HOW TO WRITE MICRO-MEMOIRS Sam Rose, Ars Poetica: A Girl Called Poetry Writer Interview NONFICTION”
- Poetry: Won second place in STEMag writing competition – piece to be published
- Webinar: Taught first Cancer Scribblers Webinar
- PhD: Passed second year of PhD and progressed to year three
- Radio: BBC Radio NorthamptonInterview on Kerrie Cosh show about bowel cancer and Lynch Syndrome diagnosis. Available on BBC Sounds and on Soundcloud.
- Poetry: Dreich / The Joy of Living – Poem accepted and forthcoming
- Research: Presented at Teesside University conference “Taking Place: Identities formed in an adverse space”
- Poetry: Skink Beat Review – Poem accepted and forthcoming
Goals In 2021
So, it’s been pretty busy! I usually set some goals for the upcoming year, and here they were back at the start of 2021:
- Progress to the third year of my PhD – Done!
- Publish my memoir (due to be released on 7th February) and reach as many people as possible with my story – Done!
- Start a podcast (due to be launched on 2nd January) and get some listeners/subscribers – Done! We reached 1,000 downloads this month.
- Give some webinars/online workshops – Done! Not as many as I thought I would, but a couple.
- Continue to write and be published – Done!
- Go to Center Parcs again – Done!
- Book another trip to Florida (to take in 2022, hopefully!) – Done!
- Stay healthy – Done (with the usual caveat “as far as I know”)
- Enjoy the year – Done, as much as possible given the year we’ve all had
Goals For 2022
Here’s what I would like to do in 2022:
- Progress to the fourth year of my PhD
- Complete WECAN (The Workgroup of European Cancer Patient Advocacy Networks) Patients in Publications Open Access Course
- Gain a “train the trainer” or adult teaching/training qualification
- Continue to write and be published
- Go to Florida
- Make time for reflection, relaxation and introspection
- Stay healthy
So, not as many goals this year but I aim to mainly be concentrating on my PhD, which will hopefully mean I’ll still be writing lots and trying to get published, and the PhD is the most important thing at the moment. Alongside that, I know I did a lot this year and not all of these things were unmissable opportunities. So I aim to be a little more discerning this year when choosing what to spend my time on. I’ll let things come to me rather than going looking for them, in terms of media appearances, and when they do come along, I’ll make sure they are things I really want to do and that will benefit me. So I’m definitely still open to opportunities for podcasts, writing articles, interviews and more – I just might not say yes to absolutely everything, depending on what it is and what else I have going on. Plus, I want to make time for introspection, which I’m hoping will help me to write more, too. Maybe I’ll even find myself a new “happy place” like the ones I’ve had before.
So, that’s all my stuff for this year and next year. I think it’s great if any of us managed to achieve anything at all these past two years – it’s enough to just be surviving and doing our best in this crazy world. Wishing everyone a peaceful and fulfilling 2022!