I finished my last WIP the first week of December and printed it. It's been cooling, but this week I plan to pull out the red pen and go to town. The most writing-related thing I did was update my bio for my agent and plotted/toyed with a new story idea.
I read the following books:
- Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl (the movie comes out in Feb. and I needed to know what it was all about it)
- Courting Morrow Little by Laura Frantz
- To Write a Wrong by Robin Carroll
- Short-Straw Bride by Karen Witemeyer
- To Win Her Heart by Karen Witemeyer
- Waking Up Married by Kelly Mira Lyn (not CBA)
- Married By Mistake by Abby Gaines (not CBA)
- The Merchant's Daughter by Melanie Dickerson
Southern Fried Sushi Trilogy by Jennifer Rogers Spinola
- Southern Fried Sushi
- Like Sweet Potato Pie
- Till Grits Do Us Part
- The Forensic Psychology of Criminal Minds by Katherine Ramsland (research-nonfiction)
- Self-Editing for Fiction Writers (a re-read, but it never gets old)
- The Unfinished Gift by Dan Walsh
- Madily In Love by Lynda Schab
- If You Have A Craving, I Have A Cure by Sheri Rose Shepherd
- Crime Classification Manual A standard system for investigating and classifying violent crimes by John E. Douglas, Ann W. Burgess, Allen G. Burgess, and Robert K. Ressler (big manual so I'm still reading)
Okay, enough re-cap.
We say it every year: "Wow, this year flew by." I'm saying it again. This year flew by. I chose one word in 2012, well, I believe the Lord gave me that one word.
Strength. I wrote many posts about strength or things I learned or was strengthened through. You can click the tag "strength" on the sidebar and find them. I hope if you do, that you'll be strengthened as well.
My big post about my strength goal can be found HERE. I chose Psalm 84:5-7 to be my year's life verse. I printed it. Laminated it. And posted it on my bathroom mirror, above my desk, on the fridge, and on my treadmill.
I met some of those goals. And some I did not. I'll be honest, I focused more on the ones I did not meet than the ones I did. I had a few--okay more than a few--boohoo moments with God. I wanted to have accomplished everything. I wanted to say I was 100% successful in fulfilling every single thing He planned for me.
But I'm not perfect. And I think it was those few days of reflecting, that I realized how much I wanted to be. I'm not really a perfectionist. I mean, I want things done right and usually that way is my way…you know…maybe I am a perfectionist at some things. I say that because you've never seen my pots and pans cabinet or plastic wares cabinet…or my closet…. :)
After my mini
come-apart. God asked me to not concentrate (for now) on what I didn't
accomplish but what I did. I'm pretty sure my reply was, "But I didn't
really do anything!"
I'm also pretty sure I got the God-stank-eye. Ok, maybe not. No…no I did.
- I wrote blog posts all year long with just a couple breaks.
- I studied in depth the armor of God and wrote posts.
- I revised a manuscript, wrote a proposal, sent it to my agent and it's on submission.
- I wrote a new manuscript, revised, sent to my agent.
- I wrote another manuscript and it's about to be edited/revised.
- I read over 40 books, not all fiction.
- God worked on my heart and I let some bitterness and resentment go, allowing God to soothe my sore heart.
- By doing that, God opened up the opportunity for me to find my fit at our church and I wrote a 7 week bible study/curriculum for new & growing believers called F.O.R.W.A.R.D. which launched in June. I've been teaching it ever since and it's been amazing. I still feel blown away and honored.
- In all that writing, I've struggled with intense back pain, neck pain and horrendous carpal tunnel. I've laid on the floor and cried. Kicked. Screamed. And begged God to take it all away. I found a woman who's a Christian therapist and unorthodox to say the least who helped me manage it. God's grace has been sufficient.
- I've developed and strengthened friendships, which I needed.
GOALS I'LL BE BRINGING INTO THIS YEAR:
- I've been a slacker
when it comes to better eating and exercise, so I'm dragging that
failurerenewed goal into this year.
- I'm going to continue to strengthen my relationship with my family.
- I'm going to bring building my online presence into this new year as well. I'm looking forward to meeting new people and developing relationships. And people simply fascinate me.
I'll also be setting new goals, but that's for another post when I reveal my new word for 2013. And I admit to telling God to pick a new word. A better word. Yeah, I do stuff like that.
Btw, He said, "Not happening."
Figures. Join me Wednesday for my ONE WORD.
What about you? I want to hear a goal, or a few, that you accomplished in 2012. What was your word if you had one and did it impact your year? Let's catch up! Don't feel bad if you write a "book" in the comments. I want to know what's been happening with you!
Have a Happy New Year's Eve!