Saturday, January 1, 2011

Beginning 2011 and Looking Back

(Image deleted, because sometimes even 'free' images aren't free.)


It's only 7 minutes and 41 seconds into the new year, so I can't really say much about the year so far.  Let's just say I have great hopes for the coming year and low expectations.  (My philosophy is: Keep your expectations low and then everything is a surprise.)

Once again I'm not making any resolutions.  2011 will be what it will be.  Like I said last year in my Stalking the New Year post, I'm not going to say this will be my year.  I'm just going to do the best I can and see what happens by this time in 2012.

Looking back over 2010, it's probably a good thing I didn't say it was going to be my year.  It wasn't.  Most of the year was spent writing and re-writing and editing the same book.  I didn't get an agent, I sure as hell didn't get a book contract, and I'm pretty much in the same writerly place I was last year.  Not that I didn't improve my writing, but I'm still marching in place here.

Hut two three four.

Nope.  2010's highlights have little to do with writing.  Hell, they don't have all that much to do with my own accomplishments.  Except the cat.  Getting Max back to health was pretty much all me - and his own ability to bounce back.

Daughter nailed her ACT test in 2010.  She got accepted to Colorado State, too.  And secured a place in their highly sought-after business program.  My time as a homeschool mom is growing short.  Whew.  ;o)

My niece had a baby.  I've never met him, but from the pics and vids she sends, he's an awesome little dude.  He looks like he belongs in an e-Trade commercial - like any second he's going to start talking about his laptop and trading stocks.  LOL

All in all 2010 wasn't a bad year.  Everyone is healthy - even my husband, who spent the end of 2010 with the stomach flu.  We lost one close family friend, but in a way, that wasn't bad either because after battling Alzheimer's for years, she's finally at peace.  All of my family and my husband's made it through the year (knock on wood).  My siblings all seem happy.  Mom reached 70 without incident, and she's still going strong.

As for me?  I'm still motoring along.  I haven't quit yet.  (Not that I haven't thought about it, but that's a story for another day.)  I may have only spent the year editing, but I feel good about the book I ended up with.  And even if I didn't finish the first draft of my NaNo novel, I expect to have it done not too far into this month. 

So, here's to an awesome 2011.  May we all see good things happen in the next twelve months.

How was your 2010?  Did you make any resolutions or goals for the coming year?

(Ditto from above.)


  1. I think the fact that you persevered with your writing is an accomplishment. Lots of people give up on things. So, celebrate your tenacity! Best wishes for 2011!

  2. 2010 was an incredible year for life, not so much for my writing, but I'm okay with that. I did make some writing resolutions but not things I hadn't planned on doing anyways ... except maybe the querying.

    I hope that 2011 is surprisingly incredible for everyone!

  3. Happy New Year! Love your graphics. My 2010 writing life was about the same... I finished and have been editing the same book with no agent or publisher luck. But I learned so much this (last!) year... I'm doing a post about it on Monday.

  4. Happy New Year!

    2010 was a transition year for me, but a great one. Because I graduated from college a semester early (and thought I'd be going to graduate school staring last fall), I had a year off. I moved back in with my parents to save money, got into an even more awesome graduate program, and got to write all year.

    I'm querying now, and exactly a week away from my first graduate residency. I [hesitantly] think that 2011 will be my year. And it feels like it'll just be a GOOD year, you know? All around. :)

    Best wishes for 2011!