Saturday, December 31, 2011


It's New Years Eve.

My plans for the evening aren't exciting. We were supposed to get together with another children-laden family but my oldest son is under the weather. So we're hanging in at home, watching the ball drop and eating unhealthy food.

It's been a hectic week so this actually sounds like bliss to me.


I don't do resolutions but I think it's natural to reflect this time of year, to revisit what happened--good or bad.

Writer-wise, it was a pretty good year. I had a baby in 2010 and didn't finish a book that year. But this year I finished a book. It's always a good year when I finish a book.

I have big plans for next year, though. I want to finish revisions on this book and write another. In fact, I'd like to write two books this coming year. I'd settle for just another one, but I'd like two.

I'd like to final in another contest. I would love it to be the Golden Heart but I'll take another final anywhere. A final in any form rocks.

My biggest goal? A contract, of course. But I'd be happy to sign with an agent.

Going into this year, I'm feeling energized, like a firecracker. I'm more focused than I've been in a few years, in a more positive frame of mind. The last couple years have been full of the exhaustion of baby-making and the initial intense child-rearing that comes with an infant. But my youngest is out of the super-dependent baby phase so I should be able to stretch my wings a bit this year. I hope to reach out a little more, meet more writers, get involved. Maybe join a local chapter. Maybe go to a conference or two. Being with other romance writers fills the cracks, I think. And romance writers are some of the coolest people I've ever met.

My first line of business, though, is to finish these revisions and get to querying.

I got this.

How about you? What awesomeness happened to you last year? What awesomeness are you aiming to accomplish this year?

Happy New Year to you all! I hope you all get everything you need.


  1. You had a good year, Marn. Mine wasn't bad, but I didn't accomplish as much as I set out to do. In my head, I'm as inspired about this new year as you are. However, it's not manifesting into physical action. Yet. I hope that switch gets flipped soon.

    And I was in bed asleep before 10 on NYE. So you had a way more exciting night than I did. :)

  2. Mine hasn't manifested into a lot of action yet either, Ter. But it's only the 4th. Sometimes these things need to get a push. Like a boulder rolling down a hill.

    We did make it until midnight. Even the eldest DS saw the ball drop. The little guy didn't. Out at the usual time. He didn't quite get all the hubbub.

    Good luck getting going, Ter! I'm sure this is going to be our year.

  3. Hi Marnee Jo! I just found your blog again while checking mine out. I need to get back into this. :) We had a pretty good year, I should say. One adorable kiddo; can't beat that!

  4. Hi Aubs.... :) I need to get back into blogging more regularly too. You did have a good year. And thanks for checking in!