Are you ready for a brand new year? No? Oops, sorry, you don’t get a choice. The new year slipped in on December 31st when I wasn’t looking. That would be because I was asleep. Yep, sound asleep when the New Year’s Eve ball drop occurred in NYC and in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I wondered (very briefly) if other cities had big celebrations or not. Did your home town celebrate with a bang?
How many of you stayed up late to usher in the New Year? Let’s have a show of hands, folks. Be honest, now. Did y’all party all night...or did you crash by ten o’clock? Before ten? Aw, that’s okay. I couldn’t stay awake, either. But, you know what? 2012 got here all the same.
I’m looking forward to this bright, new year anticipating...and hoping. Anticipating the excitement of seeing more Hill Country contemporary romance books published, along with a new fun mystery series. Hoping for good reviews and great sales. Anticipating attending MMRWA Writers Retreat and RWA Anaheim in July. Hoping for faster writing and better productivity. (Big stretch with the faster writing thing.)
I didn’t make any New Year’s resolutions, but I did set a goal for 2012 – to work harder in order to make the hoping turn into reality by keeping on schedule. Seriously! Life slaps me upside the head now and then, scattering all my good intentions six ways to Sunday. When that happens, I give myself permission to take time off and just breathe. To stop and reflect on what I’ve accomplished in 2011, and to anticipate moving forward in 2012.
Back Fence friends, thank you for all the love and support you’ve given me this past year. I hope y’all will take time to reflect on your own accomplishments in 2011 and anticipate accomplishing a great many more. This is my hope for each of you in 2012 – that you will reach your goal, whatever it is, one step at a time.
See y’all here at the back fence next week with new thoughts on writing about small towns, and maybe a couple of mama’s tried and true recipes. You never can tell. Cold weather and comfort food just kinda go together. Yeah, they do.