What a grand year this has been in 2012. I entered my first blog pitch and sold my second book and became an editor for a wonderful company. I also broke out as an indie editor and saw my friend’s book sell with my name in it. That’s not the best part of that whole experience though. No, reading the trials of a strong woman’s journey through breast cancer was the most amazing part of that whole book! I admire Mackenzie Crowne.
I was in Walmart today and met a woman who surprised me. She’d just lost her dog recently and I asked if she was looking for another yet. She is…despite the fact that she has breast cancer and will be going into surgery on January 8, 2013. It’s a rough way to begin a new year, hard to have hope you’d think. But Melvene is making her future plans the same as you or I would. With a matter of fact outlook and that was what surprised me. When she told me she would love to take in our dog she told me frankly, “I want her. I have cancer and am having breast surgery on the eighth, so I’ll call you in mid January.” I admire her strength to look ahead with hope.
I offer a prayer for Melvene, and any woman out there with something so scary ahead of you, that God will bless you with a richer life in 2013.
I’m not one to make resolutions because I never, ever, keep them, but I am feeling nervy this year. I think meeting Melvene today gave me courage to make a plan so…for my new years’ resolution I am setting a goal to self-publish my first book. Well, I will write a book to self-publish, and then publish it…yeah. That’s my goal.
I will even make a second resolution. I will write and submit once more to a certain traditional publisher. I have high hopes–more like dreams– where that publisher is concerned and can’t seem to let it go, so…I will try, yet again, to publish with the Big 6 publisher–even if it’s my one and only sell to them.
That’s it. My writing-related resolutions for 2013.
What’s yours? Do you make them? No? Why not?
Happy New Year!!!!!!