Happy 2014, everyone! I hope the new year is off to a fantastic start and that those of you who live in the same region as me are keeping warm. I haven't gone back to work yet, but I'm about 90% certain that when I do, the first thing I hand in will still say "2013" on it since I'm not smart enough to have changed my template files yet. I should get on that this weekend....
2013 was a decent year for me. As I was mentally compiling a list for this post, the number of writing accomplishments suddenly didn't seem like much. To me, it seems as if there are a lot of authors out there who are constantly churning out (published) work, and it's sometimes easy to get down on myself because it takes me longer. I've pretty much accepted that my schedule is my schedule and I never wanted this to be my full-time/day job anyway, so I'll keep plugging along and doing my thing as I've always done. As if I had a choice in the matter. ;)
Along those lines, perhaps the biggest adjustment to my life this past year was going back to work. Juggling writing and school (and my other obligations) was one thing; finding the balance between writing and a job job is a different story. There are times when my brain simply can't take anything more than zoning out to random websites for a while, and I need to be okay with that and not kick myself for not being more productive in my downtime. It's a process, and I hope it gets easier.
While I'm not a best-selling author and I doubt I ever will be (and that's okay!), what I did write this year was well-received by those who read it, so I try to remember that when things just aren't coming together the way I'd like. The start of a new year is a good time to remind ourselves to always be moving forward - keep writing, keep learning, keep on keepin' on, just keep going! Here's to a fabulous 2014!
(All that, and I never did actually post a "Here's What I Did" list. Oh well. Since it wasn't that long, it's not that hard to piece together from other parts of the site!)