I wrote some reflections--lists, actually--based on journal prompts, and decided they would make a good end-of-year blog post. Here they are.
What were my biggest achievements for 2021?
What were my biggest challenges for 2021?
How have I developed as a person?
What did I learn in 2021?
How would I describe 2021 in three words?
What aspects of 2021 can I leave behind?
What aspects of 2021 can I bring with me into 2022?
What seeds of opportunity are being planted?
So here's to gratitude and optimism. May they be the bridge from this year to the next.
*Update on said manuscript: I asked my agent if I could have it back for some additional revision and tweaking. She said yes. Now's a good time to do so because shopping for a publisher at this time of year pretty much grinds to a halt. The good news is that I'm still in love with the story and the characters, and it's already in really good shape. The other good news is that there is room for improvement, and it doesn't need much. (Biggest change thus far: the title!) I'm looking forward to spending my January 2022 on it.
**OK, so obviously this isn't my achievement, but shout-out to it being a highlight of 2021. It really is a great album, and was worth the wait.
***That might sound silly, but I like story structure. However, I like it in the revision stage as opposed to the pre-drafting stage.
I'm an author of commercial women's fiction and a writing instructor. My claim to fame: I can say the alphabet backwards.