On this final day of 2012 I reflect on a number of firsts:
- The first full year without my father. It’s been a strange transition from living with anger toward him, taking care of him through a long illness and making amends and finally saying goodbye until we meet again in Heaven. While the world continues to turn, my part of it is different.
- Three of my short stories were self-published. Some may say I took a big chance by doing so, but the experience and feedback I’ve gained from sharing my stories with the world has been fantastic. I hope to sell more copies and receive more reviews of my work. Writers learn from the reviews, both the good and the bad. (if you’re interested, there are links to the stories in the sidebar)
- I finished my first novel. When I began writing short stories, my goal was to sharpen my skills in preparation to write the next best screenplay. Instead, I began a novel about grief and finished the first draft within five months. I’m proud of my efforts and plan to continue editing until it’s ready to show agents.
- Attended my first writers’ conference. The Ozark Creative Writers Conference showed me a whole new side to the business of writing and networking. I met fabulous folks, learned invaluable information and began to see myself in a different light. I look forward to the 2013 conference.
- I signed a contract to buy my first home. Closing won’t happen until February, but the biggest step happened in 2012. It’s a new experience for me. Owning my own home – well, it’s in mine and my mother’s names, but you get the picture. I look forward to starting a new chapter in my life.
My life is changing in so many ways, both personally and professionally. When I look back at 2012 I do so with wonder, sadness and hope. God gave me another year, he showed me a path and I will continue to follow his plan for me into 2013 and beyond.