Things that rocked about 2011:
- I wrote a book that was really, really, really hard to write, and I didn’t give up even when I desperately wanted to. And now I have a finished book that I am really proud of, and I learned so much from the writing experience that I would never have learned if I hadn’t pushed myself to step really, really far outside my writing comfort zone.
- I wrote the first draft of another book that was a lot easier to write but also a lot of fun, and now I am mired in revisions on it but I am excited about those revisions because man, this book is fun. Writing is fun!
- I made a bunch of awesome new writer friends. I went on two writing retreats with fabulous people who love talking about books and writing, and also, you know, the other aspects of life that are fun to talk about too. I got to see a lot of my friends experience amazing and extremely-well-deserved successes with their writing that made me so delighted they might as well have been my own.
- I also read a bunch of fantastic books this year. I’m not going to make a best-of-2011 list because I haven’t read enough 2011 releases because I am a total fail on that front, but here are some of my favorite books I read this year, listed in the order in which I read them: Real Live Boyfriends by E. Lockhart, Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood, Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, House of Dead Maids by Clare Dunkle, If I Stay by Gayle Forman, Chime by Franny Billingsley, I Am J by Cris Beam, and Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally.
- Aside from the writing aspects of life, I also have wonderful family and friends who I got to spend more time with than I typically do, and I’m looking forward to that trend continuing, and increasing.
And yes, sure, there were also less-than-fabulous things that happened in 2011, but, I don’t know. It’s New Year’s. I’m feeling good and I’m looking forward.
Speaking of looking forward, here are some of my resolutions for 2012:
- Finish the book I’m currently revising. This will be the easiest resolution on this list to keep, I think.
- Write one other book in its entirety. This will be fun as I don’t even know yet what my next project will be. I have a hundred ideas but I haven’t picked one yet.
- Write the first draft of one other book. This is a stretch goal. I have never written as much in a single year as I am pledging to do here. I’ve never finished more than one book in a calendar year, much less completed yet another draft in that same timeframe, but 2012 will be the year, baby.
- Blog more often. This is a stretch goal too, ha. I am a good tweeter and a terrible blogger.
- Read at least 10 YA books published during 2012. I made this resolution last year too, and I came close, with 9 (and I’m halfway through another one now that I am totally not going to finish before tonight). I am a slow reader, and there are always so many older books I want to read too. But this year I am totally going to meet my goal!
- Read more books with queer characters. See here for more on my 2010 fail on this front.
Happy New Year’s to you and yours! Hope you’re looking forward to 2012 as much as I am!