Hope you all had happy holidays and wishing you joy and peace and success for 2013. I’m emerging from the whirlwind of December and trying to get things back on track and do some planning for the upcoming year. The nice thing about January is the blank slate. Anything is possible. I hope there will be big things to come this year.
I did a writer’s wish list post last year and I thought I’d do another for this year. I’m feeling a bit more introspective this time around. Stuff doesn’t seem as important as the ability to spend time with loved ones.
This was on the list last year. I think it’s a given. We all need more time. I hope to prioritize more in 2013 and make time for the things that are really important to me. Life is too short to waste it.
I’m working on this one. Sometimes it’s hard to have confidence in myself as a writer. I’m probably my own worst critic. My wonderful critique groups aren’t shy about telling me when something needs work and giving praise when something is good, but I need to remind myself also that yes, I can write and sometimes I even write well.
3. Better networking skills
I’m working on this one also. I did Balticon this year and was a panelist and survived. I even talked to a few people. I’m hoping to participate again in 2013. I’m planning to do some book festivals and other events, so this will also help build on #2.
4. An ending to my current work in progress
I admit, I’m envious of the Crescent Moon Press authors who already have sequels out. I’m working hard on Thief of Destiny and I’m determined to finish it this year. Thief of Hope has had a pretty positive reception, and Journey to Hope, a short prequel, just came out in December. I hope book 2 will help bring more fans to the series.
5. Good health and happiness to friends and family
This isn’t writing related, but I’ve found that my mental health really does impact my writing. 2012 was a tough year for a lot of people. When bad things happen, it puts into perspective what is really important. I wish I could be closer to my family and my dearest friends, but at least technology makes it easier to stay in touch. I want to send out healing thoughts to a good friend who was recently diagnosed with lymphoma and is undergoing chemo. He expects to be in remission this year, but it’s going to be a challenge getting there. His wife and I have been friends for ages and I was lucky to be able to attend their New Year’s Eve wedding a number of years ago. Please check out his blog (http://myrepochbattle.wordpress.com) where he’s sharing his experiences and could use some support.
More than anything, 2012 was a reminder that we all need to be there for each other. If nothing else, I hope this is one wish that will be fulfilled this year.