January is for New Year’s Revisions (and plain-old resolutions, for non-writers). December is for celebrating the past year, as YA writer Jennifer Walkup reminded me with her blog post yesterday.
So what did I accomplish? On the face of it, not much. I started the year on editorial sub and ended it unpublished and uncontracted. I didn’t get as much freelance writing work as I needed. I gained five pounds.
Still, there are things I did well. I finished a big revision of my last book that I’m proud of, so it can sit on the shelf looking pretty. I wrote and partly revised a new book that I like very much. I dipped my toe into getting involved in the writing community. I published a couple decent articles that keep my professional credentials current. Most importantly, I spent a year parenting my two wonderful little girls. I celebrate that every day.
Right now I’m waiting on feedback for my current novel, and whatever happens, I I’ll spend a good part of next year revising it. I’m confident I’ll write another novel too.
Other than that, who knows? I’m certain that there will be a lot of changes, probably ones I’ve been dreading (like leaving full-time parenting) and not the ones I’ve been wishing for (a book contract).
This post isn't as celebratory as Jenn's original post, but cheers anyway. Bring it on, 2011. I plan to.
What are you celebrating about 2010?