It’s New Year’ Eves; and it has been (thankfully) a slow week at work, giving me time to ponder the rather bi-polar year I’ve had in 2011.
Focusing on the good:
I watched my son graduate middle school and start in High School this year. He’s growing up so quickly, and as I don’t see him or his sister as much as I’d like, so credit goes to my ex-wife for how she’s raised them both. This year, my daughter made the honor role for the first time; so from a school perspective I couldn’t be prouder of both my children.
From EVERY perspective I’m proud of them.
My mom and dad are doing well, despite being in their upper 80’s. In fact my mother and sister spent three weeks in Alaska this year…take THAT ‘old age!’
My siblings and cousins are all in good form. Sis has been inundated with her business, and my cousin Di started her new venture. My great editor of a brother turned 51 this year, but still teaches ballroom dancing 10 hours a day. He looks like he’s in his early thirties—it really isn’t fair.
And especially my cousin Bette who’s gotten me through a rather rough patch between jobs. She’s always been there for me.
The family is good…no major crisis’ this year. And of course my partner, Tina, is perfect in every way.
The “day job” market remains challenging. Wound down a 5+ year gig and went from part time to the new full time gig I wanted (knew it would be a challenge). Really enjoying it so far—although my new boss calls my fondness for the job “Stockholm Syndrome.” Heh. I have to use that somewhere in my next book. It was only supposed to run until December, but I’ve been extended through the end of February so the holidays weren’t as depressing as expected.
My first book, The Prodigal’s Foole came out in October and sales have been better than I’ve hoped, taking into account the fact that I’m a new author with a small press. I’m about a third into the follow up—The Young Practitioner.
Last but not least, the number of new friends I’ve made in the last year—especially in the writer world—has been unbelievable, and very humbling. The list goes on quite long, but you know who you are. Facebookers, Tweeters, ReaderCON crazies, talented blokes and brilliant women. THANK YOU to each and everyone who have supported, advised, critiqued and comforted me in 2011!
So many blessings for 2011 that the low points seem less “points” and more “bumps.” It’s all how you look at things, right?
2012 is almost upon us, and barring Mayan calendar issues; let’s all make it a great one. From my family to yours, have a very productive, fun and healthy New Year.