- Langston Hughes
I’m in a good place. Having several days with no family obligations, school, work, and afterschool activities has given me time to relax and write. When I do a big bout of writing after barely writing, it’s like I’ve finally inhaled a big gulp of air after holding my breath too long. How did I live?
I’m a good frame of mind to reflect on the year. Instead of dwelling on the near misses, rejections, disappointments, and pity parties, I want focus on:
What was Good – 11 from 2011:
1. My children, my husband, and many other members of my family whom I’m close to are in good health.
2. When my husband and children have successes, they lift me the same as my own success.
3. I’m older and doughier, but I’m younger today than I will be in the future.
4. I like my new job as a professional aide, and although it’s not exactly what I want, it’s become more rewarding than I could’ve imagined. (I’ll write a post about it soon.)
5. Graduate school, which is expensive and a big commitment, but has been a better experience than I thought it would be. I received a 4.0 in my first class and I’m already a better teacher as a result.
6. I completed a manuscript, polished it up, and began querying. I sent out 4 more queries this week. I keep trying no matter the odds.
7. I’ve written 4 chapters of my WIP. I’m inspired to write regularly again so those next chapters will go faster.
8. I’ve had 3 short stories accepted this year. 2 are in published - 1 is coming out in 2012.
10. Many of my writing friends have had successes this year. Whether it’s an accepted short story or agent snag or book contract or contest win, they are all part of our journey. Just typing “the end” or sending a query is a step forward.
11. My friends, especially the writer ones, who keep me going and inspire me. Thank you.
I wish you a happy and healthy 2012. Thank you for being a part of my life, no matter what form it takes. While I don’t make resolutions, I do have dreams. May your dreams come true.
What are your dreams for 2012?