2012 was a year of possibilities. Even though it marked perhaps the beginning of my path to publication (something I'm still working on), it was a year about family more than writing.
Baby Boy #2, a child I was told I'd never have, was safely delivered in August. Baby Boy #1, my toddler who was born prematurely and has struggled in many ways, found his voice through so much hard work and determination I can't help but be awed by him. On a personal level, as we start 2013, life couldn't be more beautiful.
Even though my priorities were with my family last year (as they should and will always be), I still sent out my first query letter exactly one year ago to date. I received requests and plenty of rejections. I started a blog, made a few friends, found a few invaluable CPs and rewrote my manuscript 648 times taking it from a incredibly naive, amateur first novel and turning it into something I'm excited about. (I was still excited about the draft I queried a year ago....I was just an idiot then...I'm clearly so much older, wiser, and cooler now...clearly)
But perhaps even more significant - over the past year I corresponded with a handful of agents enough to make them seem almost human. A year ago they all felt like little leprechauns - not the cute cartoon versions willing to help guide any lost soul to the end of the rainbow; they were more like evil gold-hoarding kind that were impossible to catch no matter how hard you chased them. Not only did I correspond with them, I actually enjoyed these corresponses. In many cases, they were incredibly helpful. It made me think that maybe, just maybe this publication thing that I am trying to pursue is possible...if not now...then someday.
If nothing else, 2012 and my two boys taught me two very valuable lessons. ANYTHING, yes ANYTHING is possible with a little luck and a whole hell of a lot of perseverance and elbow grease. While I can't imagine anything happening in 2013 to make me more proud and grateful than I feel right now, I'm ready to work my butt off to get to that next level.
May 2013 bring you all just enough luck to make all of your hard work pay off.