Looking Forward to Surprises

2011 was a year of “firsts” for me. My first book published. My first time working with a real, live editor. My first good book review. My first bad book review. My first RWA National Conference. My first time at Times Square. My first time at the Waldorf Astoria. My first blog post. My first Twitter tweet. My first time doing a blog tour. My first time trying to promote something I’d written. Add in all of the brilliant authors, editors, bloggers and readers I’ve met and talked with over the past year? Just. Awesome.

And now it’s over.


Well, I mean the book is still out there and going strong, obviously. But all of those “firsts” are finished.

Fortunately there will be other “firsts”, and I can’t wait to see what 2012 brings. Or rather, I can’t wait to see what I bring out of 2012. Because you know, the course of the year may twist and turn, but what I get out of it is going to be up to me.

At the moment the year is stretching out in front of me all shiny and new, filled with possibility. It’s like a pure white snow upon which no one has trod. I haven’t had time to screw it up yet. I haven’t had time to disappointment myself yet. I haven’t had time to fall short of my goals yet. I look, and I am determined. It is, after all, just the first day.

I don’t have a crystal ball. I don’t know what 2012 will bring. I hope for good things, but I guess some things will happen that I consider bad. All I know for certain about this year is that it will be nothing like what I expected. It will be surprise after surprise. Because life is unexpected. And life is surprising.

Happy New Year, my friends. And may our 2012 be filled with good “firsts” and good surprises.


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