Instead of looking ahead in this January post, I’m going to reflect back on 2011. In many ways it was a banner year for me.
January started with a bang. I celebrated the ringing-in of the new year with Debbie and Sandy at the lake working on our books. Also that month my husband and I went to the college football championship game in Phoenix, Arizona. Auburn won. Big, big deal at our house.
February brought health issues for me and a snow skiing trip for the family.
March was the month my youngest had jaw surgery. He is downright pretty now. He also celebrated 20 years with a heart transplant. Amazing kid, but don’t tell him I said so. I also celebrate a birthday. I’m glad to have them the alternative isn’t pleasant.
In April, I spent some time at the beach and visiting with a friend.
During May I made a road trip with Sia and Tammy to a conference in Florida. Learned a lot and did some great brain storming. A book we worked on is my work in progress.
June saw me receiving my first romance book contract. I was thrilled with a two book deal. I took my mother, daughter and niece with me to New York. I sent them home and attend the Romance Writers of America conference. I won’t lie, it was fun to wear a first sell ribbon. This was also the first year one of my workshops was picked up. Cool stuff. I had a chance to sit down and talk to my editor too.
July started with 4th of July at the lake. Hard to beat that.
August was memorable because we had NO rain during that month. None. I can’t remember being so miserable.
September meant school started again for me. I’m still substituting but not as much as I used to. I had to start working hard on second book.
October brought the Georgia Romance Writers Moonlight and Magnolias conference. I got to give a workshop and I was a finalist in the Maggie. Carol came for a visit. Always a thrill, I don’t get to see her near enough. At the end of the month, I celebrated 29 years of marriage.
November was the month for thanks and I had much to be thankful for. Petit Fours and Hot Tamales being among the things I’m grateful for.
December meant giving a 50th birthday party for a friend, a three book contact and an end to a happy year.
I met my writing goals for 2011, but I have some personal goals I’m going to give more attention to in 2012. If I have half as good a year in 2012 as I did in 2011, I’ll be more than pleased.
In honor of the Petit Fours and Hot Tamales 3rd Anniversary I’m giving away a basket of books written by Georgia authors including mine to one lucky commenter. So tell me how 2011 was for you or your plans for 2012.