Happy New Year!
I hung up my Music Teacher Hat last week so I could celebrate the holidays with my family and friends. Along with that, my family is blessed with both of my children’s birthdays during this week as well (December 27 and 29), making this week, for them, the gift that keeps on giving. I love it! In the quiet times of this vacation, though, I get to reflect on the year which has passed, and lay down some plans for the the coming year.
2016 brought with it the loss of many familiar people in our lives.I write about the loss of David Bowie here, but we said goodbye to so many other public figures in 2016 as well. One loss of a very personal nature was Great Grandfather Dede, who was a World War II veteran. A couple of years ago, he took part in the Honor Flight, which was such an emotional experience for both him and us. His burial was incredibly moving.
2016 brought with it some fantastic writerly news, as I landed a publishing contract with REUTS Publications, began an internship with Golden Wheat Literary, and signed with agent Jessica Schmeidler, who is representing my writerly works. I also worked along side a screenwriter to adapt one of my novels, which was as fabulous as it sounds! Here is my adrenaline-charged post about that.
Finally, after struggling with a work in progress that seemed to be too much to handle, I had an epiphany, and mapped out the story as a trilogy, of which the first draft of Book One (The First Harbor Bell) is two-thirds complete. I am super proud of that, as it is a story that has been brewing within me for at least five years, and whose initial seeds were planted when I was only fifteen. I can’t wait to share The Harbor Bell Series with you!
As I roll into 2017, I have three resolutions.
- I hope to continue the trajectory I am on with my writing. I am on a serious roll with The Harbor Bell Series, as well as a couple of other things, and I resolve to continue my forward-moving progress on those fronts.
- I resolve to stay “above the line” as much as possible, in all aspects of my life, writing or otherwise. For those who may not understand what that phrase means to me, here it is: “Above The Line” means to focus on the positives in life, and to be the change I want to see. Dwelling on the negatives is destructive, and I don’t have time for that.
- I resolve to get back on my weekly blog-posting schedule. It’s very doable, and I miss it. Along with that, I further resolve to let go of any guilt quickly when life happens and I might not be able to post on that schedule for a time. Things happen, and it’s not the end of the world.
So, there you have it. Wish me luck, but I know I can do it! What are your thoughts as we leave 2016 and head into 2017? Post your comments here!
Love the idea of staying “above the line.” Something we all need to strive to do.