Well, I’ve eaten my New Year’s Eve herring (a family tradition–I don’t think I’ve missed a year since I was a little girl) and I’ve watched the Vienna Philharmonic New Year’s Day concert (that was a tradition with Jack, and I’ve kept it up). I’ve started new notebooks and hung new calendars. I don’t really make resolutions, and I try to keep the goal setting to things I can actually control, but I do find myself thinking over what I’ve accomplished in the last year.
Writing: In 2013 I’m afraid I did more editing than new writing. Jinn & Tonic finalled in the Golden Heart contest and I spent some considerable time editing that. The Golden Heart is quite a rollercoaster ride, but I’m hooked, so in the fall I pulled out Tempting Fate, a story I’ve always loved, rewrote much of the beginning, moved some scene and chapter breaks, and sent that off to the 2014 Golden Heart. Now I’m finally back on my current project, currently 62 pages long. I know where my characters are going, but I’m having a little trouble getting them there.
Meanwhile I went to a wonderful regional writers’ conference in Shreveport, put on by the NOLA STARS, the North Louisiana chapter of RWA. And I flew to Atlanta in July for the RWA National conference, with my friends Cheryl Bolen and Colleen Thompson, and had a great time meeting up with old and new friends. I also finished my two years as president of the West Houston RWA chapter. I’m pulling the plug on volunteering, at least for a while. I need to get back to writing.
Reading: I continue to buy books faster than I can read them (a life-long habit). In 2013 I managed to read 38 of them, mostly novels, mostly romances and mysteries. Between my local writer friends and my Golden Heart sisters, my bookshelves and my Kindle are well stocked.
Work: In October Jo Anne and I cut our work week back to three days, and we love it. More time for writing, reading, and sleeping.
Around the house: Two big projects got done this year. I had the large dead pine tree in the front yard removed before it could fall on a passing car, along with a couple of smaller ones, and the rest of the trees trimmed. And I had the swimming pool I’d been ignoring for five years demolished. Now I’m slowly working on the rest of the yard. Maybe this year I’ll attack the big indoor projects (the bathrooms need remodeling, and the floors need work), but for the time being I’m picking away at smaller clean-and-toss jobs. Apparently I am incapable of throwing out pens, address labels, or memo pads, all of which keep turning up in the mail. I started with my writing nook, but there are plenty of other excavations to look forward to.
Life in general: I’m catching up on my sleep. I’ve put on another five pounds or so, a trend I definitely need to reverse. I admire my friends who go to the gym or their fitness class every morning, but I think I’ll stick with walks around the neighborhood.
Thanks for stopping by now and then. I hope you enjoy reading these little essays as much as I enjoy writing them. And I wish you all a wonderful, rewarding, and Happy New Year!