It wouldn’t be the end of the year without the wrap-up post. I just went through my blog posts from the year and I’m amazed at how far I’ve come and how much as happened–and how much it all feels like it only happened a month ago, never mind twelve!
In my first post of the year, I declared 2014 to be my Year of Appreciation. I feel I succeeded in this goal. While I hear the people around me describe how the year flew by, I can honestly say that for me it went a steady pace. I tried to be aware of things as they happened –the good and the bad– and it made a difference in how I experienced time. I can look back and be grateful for the joys, the heartbreaks, the frustrations. They’ve all helped me develop as an author, a friend, a daughter, and generally a human being. Sure, I’ve probably picked up a few more bad habits as well, but those can be challenges to break down next year.
I also said this would be the Year of Meratis, with all three books out in 12 months. I came so close. So close! EVENLIGHT should be out in the world by January 13, 2015 – just the other side of the new year, but all those life things I was grateful for just didn’t make it possible to squeeze the last book into the last month. I’m still so proud of where I am with my books. I found out last week that EVENTIDE was on one girl’s Christmas list, so I got to make a Christmas Eve delivery to ensure it was there under the tree for her. It was an amazing Christmas gift for ME.
Also in the Year of Appreciation, I decided in September to start appreciating myself and my talents on a more literal level. I’m making the leap to become a full time author in 2015, and my day job has allowed me to go part time in order to accommodate the change. I’m looking forward to the new challenges, the new change in routine. You’ll be seeing more of me here as I share my experiences. Possibly in vlog form, if there’s interest? And if I can get over my loathing of cameras.
I developed a whole new circle of friends in the Ottawa burlesque scene, and been welcomed and embraced by one of the warmest communities in the city. I’ve had no end of support for my own form of wordy art, and I don’t think I would have been brave enough to take the leap into full time authorhood if it weren’t for them.
Of course, I’m author surrounded by the best author buddies a writer could ask for. I’ve learned so much from their experience and support, and can’t offer enough thanks for the time they’ve spent pulling me forward. Hopefully the new year will present more opportunities to give back.
I’ve gone on trips, seen author friends celebrate their book debuts, and watched my niece develop her personality and speak her first words. I had my heart broken, crossed dozens of books off my TBR and added dozens more.
Every day had brought something new to be thankful for, and I can bid farewell to a 2014 with bittersweet fondness, while opening my arms to 2015 and accepting the new adventures in store. Thanks so much to you for helping make 2014 what it was, and I hope you’ll stick with me to see what happens next!