2014: Bring It On!

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I’ll be the first to admit it: 2013 was the year in which I bit off more than I could chew in just about every facet of my life, and my writing suffered for it. But coming through it has showed me what I CAN do—and it turns out, that’s a lot. Instead of exhausted, holiday-drained, and feeling like it’s just another day (and a cold one at that), the New Year has me energized. For the first time in, well, ever, I’m genuinely digging the whole renewal thing. In honor if that feeling, I’d like to dedicate this little post to some of the things I’m excited about for 2014, writing-related and not.

  • Longer days: the solstice is behind us, and the days are lengthening again. The sun will come out longer and brighter, bit by bit, and I’ll be ready to bask in it, iced tea in hand, even if I have to do it in a parka!
  • Reading (or continuing to read) the new releases of my fellow writers!
  • Seeing the first crocus blooming outside my door.
  • New pens and fresh journals.
  • Conferences, retreats, and the masochist in me is even looking forward to entering some contests!
  • Seed catalogs: there’s something so cheering about envisioning fresh herbs and gorgeous vegetables….and since it’s all still in the imagining stage, there’s no weeding!
  • My new work schedule. I could hate the early hours, but I choose to look at it in terms of getting all the required stuff out of the way and still having some time to do the things that are important to me.
  • Speaking of things that are important to me, I’d like to give a shout-out to my new WIP (woot woot!). It started with a chat with a few of my girlz at the Christmas party, and it’s taken over. It’s early stages yet, but I think it could be really good. It’s a novella, which will require me to learn a new skill…. Getting to the damn point! That might be a bit of a challenge, but I haven’t been this inspired in a long time!
  • A call for submission that jump-started my new project. I don’t want to say too much and jinx myself, but I’m hopeful.
  • While I can’t say for certain that this is “my” year, I do know that every day I have a chance to seize, I sure am going to try! So what projects or prospects have you enthused in this coming year? I’d love to hear about them!

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