|If you look closely, you'll see a double rainbow|
This year, I learned to really appreciate the blogosphere, and found an amazing community of writers. Names I love seeing as commenters on my blog and posts from others that I look forward to reading. I learned the importance of having the "email" button on a blog-- if it's not in my inbox, I'm not reading it. With the hope that others behave the same, I put one on this blog and I have to believe it helped. The blogosphere also led me to my first experiences writing flash fiction and finding the best creative/writing partners in the world: Jen and Lauri!
I learned the value of discipline. In 2011, I participated in Tara Lazar's PiBoIdMo and well, failed. Miserably. I started 2012 by participating in Julie Hedlund's 12x12 in 12, and didn't make it past March. Another failed attempt at discipline. Then, April came and I jumped in with both feet for the A to Z Blogging Challenge and learned the value of balance between planning ahead and winging it (I'm a pantser by nature). This was a happy and successful place for me. I met tons of other bloggers, read some great posts, and really saw the value of the blogging community. In November 2012, I participated in PiBoIdMo again, and succeeded in coming up with 30+ ideas for picture books.
Throughout all of this, I started querying. Yes, the time consuming, daunting, and humbling process of sending our work out to be exposed and either accepted or rejected by the powers-that-be in the traditional publishing world. Twenty-something attempts, one nibble, and all rejections are where I ended up. I questioned my story, my writing, my methods, and the whole writing thing. But, alas, that's why God made Stephen King. Aside from being a huge fan of his, I will never forget that he was rejected over 30 times and eventually had to create a pseudonymn to be published. I'm not there yet, but more importantly I haven't given up either.
I tried something new this summer, Letters From Camp. Inspired by my own memories of writing letters to my parents during the summer, and finding myself busy with swim meets, camps and reading, I decided that writing letters to my parents might be a good way to fill them in on my summer. Thanks Mom, for always reading them and sharing your thoughts and memories.
Starting on January 1, I'm participating in Katia Raina's 31 Minute Challenge. I learned last April that I need goals and deadlines to go with them. I have goals, and for January I will have deadlines. January will be the start of daily writing time for me- whether it's writing, editing, blogging, or social media work- it all ties in and I can't wait. This is going to be my year.
Not that 2012 wasn't my year. For my day job, writing for MyVeronaNJ.com, it was a great year. I'm known over there for my Crock It! series, but I also cover day trips, new businesses and the occasional press release. February 2013 will mark the 3rd anniversary of Crock It! and with that comes both improved writing and photography as well as learning how to create my own recipes. I have taken all of that time and experience and put it into Cook It! Verona which also gave me some insight to the world of self publishing. You can flip through the pages below, and yes, the photographs are all mine. Did I mention that I have grown to love photography?
So, I fondly say goodbye to 2012, with graditude. It was a great year and I'm looking forward to more fabulousness in 2013. Happy New Year everyone!