Monday, January 03, 2011

Reflections on 2010, Looking Ahead at 2011

Photo by ~chalee-80 at DeviantArt.
New years is here, and quite frankly, it couldn't have come soon enough. There's plenty of things I'm glad are in my past that came and went with 2010. Hopefully, they'll stay in the past, and won't be back to haunt me, either in memories or by those backward looking souls who choose to bring them up.

The biggest blessing of 2010 was the birth of my son. No matter what else happened, I can still look back and say 2010 may have been a bad year for a whole bunch of reasons, but at least I got my little boy out of it.

I was also blessed in 2010 to have three folks read the manuscript of Homebody in its entirety. Micah, Julia, and Nina all have helped me get this book into shape. Holly is going to take one last look at it in the next couple months, then I'll be sending out updates on submissions! :D

2011 looks like it'll be an interesting year to come. I have a handful of goals, the top one being to attempt to land an agent. Ideally, I'd like to have signed by this time last year. Sooner would be awesome. The feedback on my novel so far has been encouraging, so I'm hopeful my final edits put just the right touch on it to entice an agent to offer me representation.

I'm also hoping to expand things here at Word Wanderings. Tell me what you'd like to see more of. Personal items? Certain aspects of writing? Guest bloggers? I'm finding that I enjoy sharing certain aspects of my life with everyone, though I don't want this blog to become a mundane repository on how my son's weight is coming along or whether my daughter is finally potty trained.

I think I may be trying my hand at freelancing in 2011 as well. Every time I read an article on freelancing in The Writer or Writer's Digest, I find myself thinking, "why am I not doing this? It sounds perfect for me! I could so do freelancing!" I've been batting around some ideas for stories, including some opinion pieces. (I do have lots of opinions. A lot. I mean seriously. My name is Liberty. Shouldn't I have opinions--and lots of them?)

So, that's the plan for the next 363 days or so. And, I'll be using this clip to prod me into following through:

So, how about you? What are your goals for this year, writing or otherwise? Tell me. And, share what changes or improvements you'd like to see over the next year here at W.W.

Until next time,


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