I love this time of year, to reflect back on the last 12 months and plan for the next. It seems ripe with possibility. I hope you all had a nice Christmas. What an incredible time of year it is. I love it. But glad to be back blogging!
I had too many huge events this year to list. Family changes, career changes, even a house change coming up. It was all good except for my mom's strokes. However, I'm thankful she is still with us and that she has excellent care, family visiting her and sending constant messages of love. She is kept comfortable without pain. What I miss the most is talking to her on the phone, as she always called every week without fail. Yes, I do miss hearing her cheery voice. She has always loved the telephone.
Looking back on my blogging year, what can I say? It's been an amazing journey of discovering new friends, getting motivated in my writing by all of you, having fun with contests, blogfests, and sharing the joys of the publishing journey with many who made huge strides in their careers. My most popular contest was the Lettuce Write Contests, culminating in the Labor Day BBQ where over 100 people joined in to discover new blogs. So I have got to do something like that again!
Looking ahead, I've got a few surprises in store. With the advent of the Celery Tree blog and website, I'll be using those forums for posting about marketing stuff, leaving this blog for writing, editing and publishing topics.
There's some exciting contests planned to brighten our post-holiday doldrums. First up will be a submissions contest, in partnership once again with Allie, the acquisitions editor at WiDo Publishing. She was impressed with the quality of manuscripts that were entered in the Lettuce Submit contest. Several fulls were requested, and Clarissa Draper received a contract. Allie wants to find more good stuff, so she's willing to do another contest. Details coming up real soon on this one. So get your manuscripts polished up!
Meanwhile, how about those New Year's resolutions? Have you written yours yet?
"Never give up. And most importantly, be true to yourself. Write from your heart, in your own voice, and about what you believe in." ~ Louise Brown
"Write something to suit yourself and many people will like it; write something to suit everybody and scarcely anyone will care for it." ~Jesse Stuart
"A writer's job is to take one thing and make it stand for twenty." ~ Virginia Woolf