Saturday, January 1, 2011

Big, Fun, Scary 2011

Alright. I admit it. I am totally looking forward to 2011.

2010 was good. It had a lot of downs (which resulted in more crazy bread eating than I'd like to admit), but it had a surprising number of ups.

For example "ups":
  • TSH came home from Afghanistan safe and sound.
  • I went back to my new favorite town, Port Townsend, WA, with my mom for my 2nd Artfest.
  • I started teaching creative writing for community ed. in January and it blossomed into something I never would have imagined possible. In just a year!
  • I went to Maui with my BFF and swam with sea turtle. Oh, and I started writing the Maui romance. Wait for it...I promise, it's going to be good.
  • I started and finished the rough draft of my YA historical-fantasy-adventure novel and started on revisions.
  • I went to 2 writing conferences this year (both with my BFF) and I spent 4 fabulous days with Sara Zarr at WIFYR (which I'm going to again this year! Yay!) and was complimented on my glasses at the Heart of the West conference by Victorial Dahl (who writes really awesome and pretty hot historical and contemporary romances).
  • Oh! I met (and kind of stalked, but not scary stalking) Bree Despain and she gave Amy and I ARCs of The Lost Saint.
  • I didn't get into grad school (which started the entire eating entirely too much crazy bread episodes), but it really was for the best because TSH just barely found a job in December.

See! So many good things and there are probably more that I'll think of as soon as I click "Publish Post."

But, as I said, I am so super-excited about 2011. And why? Because I have a plan, Stan! Okay, more of a goal, but still, it's a biggy for me. It's big. And fun. And scary. Come over here and I'll whisper it to you.

Ha! No I'm not. I'm going to shout it!


Was that a little too loud? I'm sorry. It's just that I am so excited about it!

I have other goals too, like finishing my NaNoNovel before too long and writing the first draft of my dystopian novel. But the submitting goal...that's huge and scary! And I'm so excited! (I know; I've probably used far too many exclamation points in this post, but I'm so excited!)

So...what about you, my friends? What are your big plans for 2011? Come on. I know you have at least one. You can tell me.


Hollie Robb said...

That is so awesome, my SIL! I am also glad that Seth came home safe and sound! My 2010 year have sucked, I'm trying to think of the positive side of things. Right now I think that one very positive side of things must be our health and our strength, we have been very blessed with that.

I am hopping that this 2011 will be great! I have high hopes for this year and it looks you do also! GOOD LUCK, my sweet SIL!

Bonnie said...

You go girl! Set aside a few Saturdays to invite me to go shopping w/ you & the sistas'

link2literacy said...

To follow in your footsteps - although I'm WAAAAAAY behind you and will have to run to catch up.

You inspire, inspire, inspire me. (And that is NOT too many INSPIRES!)

BTW, I want you to be a guest presenter at May's Jordan Council of International Reading Association. Why? Because you teach AND write!

orangemily said...


One of my goals is to get a free ipad from my company (by submitting 3 real estate referals that close).

Stellar Meadow said...

I can so see you writing this. I love your blog, and miss your face! I think that's an awesome goal, and I can't wait to see you staring out at me from a bookstore shelf. (: Muah! Happy 2011!

Amy Jo Lavin said...

Hey, my 2010 sounds eerily similar to yours! :) You have great goals for 2011. I'm still anxious to read more of Dancing with Fire!

HeidiPie said...

ongratulations!! I'd be shouting too if I were you. =)