Saturday, December 31, 2011

New Year, New Phase

So 2011 was pretty good to me. After five years of flopping around in the publishing waters, I finally sold a novel. There were other lovely things, but I'll always remember this year for that one event.

2011. The year I sold my first book.

The year I reached a lifelong goal.

The year that one phase ended, and another began.

Funnily enough, 2012 is probably going to be my quietest year in the publishing business in a long time. It's so weird, to think I really have no major goals for myself on the writing front this year. Mostly, I get to chill out as all these amazing people at HarperTeen put my book together. I can't wait to see how it all turns out!

So what will I be doing in 2012? My biggest goal is to make a point to be happy every day. I spent most of 2010 miserable, and even a fair part of 2011 has been coming to terms with all the emotions left over from 2010. This year—this year is a year for good things.

I get to be a mom again. I'm pretty excited about that. Nervous, of course, since it's been four years since we've had a baby in the house, but very excited.

I really hope at least one story will sweep me away, cart me off into its world and chain me there until the book is done. But if it doesn't happen, I have plenty of editing and work to keep me busy. I'm okay with that.

With how extremely ill I've been with this baby, I'm really, really looking forward to getting healthy again. I never thought I'd say that, but I miss the strength and stamina my body used to have. I miss the energy it gave me. I miss feeling like I could totally out run the zombies in the apocalypse.

2012. It's gonna be a quiet year. A wonderful year. I just know it. I'm saving all the debut freak out for 2013;)


  1. Hee. I'm SO happy for you Natalie, on both your accomplishments this year. ;)

  2. Happy New Year! Wishing you and yours all bessings for 2012.

    It's going to be a doozy for me. Started it off by ringing the gong at the temple, and then falling hip-deep in a snow-covered ditch. Pretty sure that's setting some sort of tone. Year of the Dragon. I'm off to sparkle!

  3. I'm so on board with making 2012 the "strive to be happy every day" Year. Count me in. :)

  4. Well congratulations! That first book is a mind-blower, trust me. Save your strength for next year.

  5. Oh, debut freakout! That was 2011 for me. Sigh. I will be there for you in 2013 to take you out for lots of sushi during the freakout moments. :)

    And that's my goal this year, too - to be happy every day. It's definitely a choice.

  6. Good luck with the baby and the book! I too am trying to be more positive and grateful for everything I have in the coming year. Hope this year brings wonderful successes for you.