Tuesday, December 29, 2009

One Good Thing

Sorry, I've been off my usual daily posting schedule due to the holidays -- Serious Girl is currently playing politely with Scotch tape in my lap as I write, but her patience with my "other interests" is limited.

So, quickly... please tell me something good or memorable that happened to you in 2009. In keeping with the image above, I'll give you two.

Thing One:

On Xmas Eve, we took Serious Girl to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to see the big Jackson Pollock. She knows the painting from her Olivia book, and it was so good to be able to bring her to see it in person. We walked into the room in the modern art wing, and when she saw it (it is WAY bigger than you think) she sort of slowed down, and whispered, that's Jackson Pollock. We looked at it for a long time.

Thing Two:

The year of querying. Yeah, it's actually been good. In 2009, I finished the final draft of the novel, started querying, started blogging, and found the coolest community of writers (and agents/editors/other interested parties who also care about writing). This year I got to write the show notes for Mur Lafferty's awesome podcast, and a year ago I didn't even know that podcasts existed.

Okay, the two-year-old is no longer willing to tolerate my multi-tasking...

What will you remember about 2009?

Before 2010: there will be a RESOLUTIONS post


  1. Working and meeting with my crit partner. Definitely the best thing in my writing life in 2009.

  2. I'll give you two:

    1) Discovering blogging, and realizing that there are people who want to read what I want to write...and that there is an incredible community of outdoor enthusiasts, many of whom are strong women, and we like to get each other's perspective.

    2) Galloping on a horse (which I had never done before) across a vast hillside while yelling at cattle and making them stampeded towards the correct gate. *That* was an incredible sensation. I can't wait to do it again.

  3. I'll remember traveling considerably, moving from the UK, and writing two novels (in the process of moving from the UK).

    How very cool to see the Jackson Pollock from the Olivia book. It's so amazing to experience something like that with your kids. In homeschool, we had learned so much about ancient cultures, so going to see the Code of Hammurabi and the Rosetta Stone and relics from the Parthenon and Ancient Rome, etc. has been a very memorable part of 2009.

    Thanks for your post, and Happy New Year!

  4. 2009: Memorable for starting writing again, convening of local crit group, starting a blog, getting a Twitter account, first two publication credits, graduated college, third child born, promotion.

    Other than that, not much happened. :)

  5. 2009
    Won a writing contest-first place general fic (was a very small contest but still gave me validation)
    Signed 2 book contracts with a small publisher that believes in me.
    Activly pursuing that writing (shut-in)lifestyle.

  6. 1) Seriously beginning my work in progress. Writing feverishly to angle my dreams of publication.

    2)Starting my blog. A breathtaking ride! I love what I have learned, people I have met, and dreams that are unfolding.

    Happy New Year Carrie!

  7. 1. Finishing my first novel and losing my query virginity. (I am now a query whore.)

    2. Finishing my thesis.

    3. Birthing my mini me.

  8. Writing (and editing, and rewriting, and revising) the first novel I've been really proud of and signing with Sara.

    Happy New Year!

  9. Wonderful stuff indeed!

    As for me, 2009 I met the woman who will make me an honest man. :) My fiancee and I are set to be wed next year, but it was in 2009 that I met my love.

  10. Ummm... lets see.. I had a hysterectomy in Paraguay, I'll remember this Christmas for a long time....

  11. hmm.. all I can think of is --it's the year I survived.


  12. Won a writing contest-first place general fic (was a very small contest but still gave me validation)

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