Happy New Year to You All!
Looking back it has certainly been an interesting, adventure. Full of learning, and growing, with changes that have come my way. In my personal life I took on a Managerial roll, with new staff, and new responsibilities. Sure it’s been stressful, and exhausting, but I have learned we reach our goals only with the help of those around us. To respect the knowledge of others, and while I may be master and leader in my own destiny, it is with fond appreciation and gratitude, I never forget those who guided and walked with me, who trusted me, and had faith in my abilities.
This is true in my writing life, I have achieved much, with manuscript drafts to work on for submission. Communities such as 12×12, PPBF and Children’s Book Hub, have helped me grow, enlightened and informed me. The amazing people I have come to know and regard as my dear friends, have also inspired me and I am often in awe of them, not only in their writing, but their ability to never give up, when the going gets tough! Their strength, their creativity, their belief, their unwavering encouragement and faith is pure gold.
My critique group… yes! Can you believe it; I am in a critique group. I can’t tell you how badly I have needed them. The silly thing is, although I knew I needed someone to check out my work, I didn’t realise how badly I needed them, till they came to be. Talk about a chook with her head in the sand….dahhh! I so appreciate their value in encouragement and guidance, their direction, not to mention what I have learnt in such a short time. They have been a blessing I will take with me into 2013.
The Kiwi SCBWI conferences have been valuable for me in many ways. Meeting new people and realising I was not alone (down here) in my vision as a writer. Gaining valuable knowledge and insight that probably would have been inaccessible to me. They also tribute to my confidence and commitment, another plus.
My most greatest achievement is my confidence. Who knew I would send my work out for professional critiques, do another online workshop, attend a workshop, and enter a competition. I know I never thought about it at the beginning of 2012. But I do know this. I would dearly love to report on New Year’s Eve 2013 that I have an agent, and that I have a book picked up by a publisher. That is my GOAL for 2013! What is yours?
As I post this, the countdown to 2013 has begun……. HAPPY NEW YEAR to all