Happy New Year, everyone! I can’t believe 2013 is here already. I don’t know about you all, but 2012 went by in a flash. It was a year of lots of ups and downs for me. I officially joined RWA, had an amazing time at the annual conference in Anaheim, read some phenomenal romances, met so many new people online and in person, I am now a guest reviewer, and I was lucky enough to be invited to be part of Teatime, which has been so much fun! But some not so great things have happened too, which I won’t go into. Suffice it to say, I’m looking forward to 2013 to see what it has in store!
Obviously, New Years is traditionally the time when we make a fresh start, and make resolutions and goals for the coming year. My goal for 2012 was to finish the first draft of my current WIP. I have a draft. It’s rough, ugly, and not fit for the light of day, but by God, I have a draft! I have so many people to thank for their help, advice, encouragement, and support as I went on this journey. You know who you are, and from the bottom of my heart, thank you. I love you all, and I couldn’t have done it without you! But I must give an extra special shout-out to Marni Bates who went above and beyond the call of duty to help me when she spent about two hours on the phone with me during Hurricane Sandy helping me hash out plot, characters, and heightening the conflict and stakes in my novel. THANK YOU MARNI! <3
My goal for 2013 is to edit, revise, and polish that draft to within an inch of its life so that it will be something I’m proud of, and I am planning to have it ready by July so I can pitch it at RWA 2013 in Atlanta. Hopefully, that will give me enough time to wrangle this current monstrosity into submission. But the whole pitching to editors and agents thing is already giving me knots in my stomach, and it’s six months away! lol. I hate public speaking to begin with, and the idea of facing those editors and agents one on one is nerve wracking. I know I will be referring back to this great post by Jennelle as a refresher and putting her tips into action!
And on a more personal note, I want to take more risks, have more adventures in 2013 and be more opening to trying new things. It’s easy for me to be lazy and complacent, so I need to make a point of pushing the envelope and straying out of my comfort zone. Instead of being afraid of change, I’m going to look at it as an opportunity. You can’t grow without changing right?And I also really need to work on my habit of procrastinating and putting things off until the last minute. But we’ll see how that goes, lol. I also resolve to do a better job of keeping in touch with friends and loved ones. I tend to get too busy and wrapped up in what’s going on with my own life, and I’m going to make a point of reaching out more and not going off the radar too often.
On behalf of myself and all of my fellow Blog Sisters, we here at Teatime Romance thank you all for welcoming and embracing us. The support from commenters and the romance community in general has been wonderful, and we’re all incredibly grateful for that. We’re a new blog, and still growing and building. We’re planning a lot of new, fun, and exciting things for the new year, so we hope you’ll join us for the ride! Our goal is to be even bigger and better in 2013, and I am confident we will succeed.
So, what were your highlights of 2012? What are you hoping for in 2013? What goals and resolutions have you made, both in writing and your life in general?