Monday, 31 December 2012

Goodbye 2012 and Hello 2013!

2012 was a most memorable and amazing year for me!

As I look into 2013 I want to make just a few "reflections" , if not resolutions...

1)  Success feels wonderful, but in writing, as in life, rejection and disappointment are also part of the game. I resolve to treat them as necessary complements to all the good things that have come my way, and shrug them off in a gracious and professional manner. Yeah, really...

2) People are more important than the work. I resolve to make more of a fuss about the amazing supporters who have made my writing life (and life, in general) such a happy and enjoyable one. Thank you, awesome friends!

3) I will never pay attention to other writer's word counts. I will never follow trends. I will never beat myself up over real or imagined inadequacies. (Actually, I only need to address the final resolution. I wouldn't know a trend if it bit me--what is steam-punk anyway--and know only too well how easy it is to write 5,000 words of utter dross) Damn, there I go beating myself up, again!

4) I will attend more SCBWI socials and events. SCBWI is the truly the gift that keeps on giving!

5) I will try to make the world a better place by speaking out when I need to and shutting up when I should. (Guess which of these will be the hardest?)

6) I will waste even more time on social media because that's where all the cool people hang out!

Here's to a happy, healthy and creative year for all of us.



Friday, 21 December 2012

Merry Christmas!

It's been quiet on the blog recently, as I've been in the writing cave  (OK, at the writing desk in the somewhat cave-like bedroom...).

I'd like to sign off 2012 by wishing all my friends and family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy 2013. It's been a brilliantly tumultuous year, and one that has changed my life in many ways. The best thing about it?

Not the events...

Not the book launches...

Not the travels...

But the wonderful people...and here are just a few of them!