Looking back at 2014, all I can say is: It's Been A Roller Coaster!
It started with finishing Back to December and getting that published on time, which I'm happy to say happened. The cover is gorgeous, the story...very different from my original idea, Anna and Cooper are two characters you won't soon forget.
Then came a major shock when we found out that I'm pregnant! Even now at 35 weeks pregnant, I still have moments of disbelief, because we thought we were done at two! Now we'll be a family of five and we're thrilled ... but we never expected it. Talk about nine months of emotional highs and lows!
As I was preparing for this blog post, I went back through the posts I've written this year and came to the conclusion that I've accomplished quite a bit. Not as much as I'd hoped, but I'm pretty happy with what I have accomplished, considering my year was thrown off the rails by the pregnancy news.
Looking back at my 2014 Goals & Resolutions post, two things stick out as incomplete: I did not finish/publish Emily's Choice nor did I write Dreaming of Love during NaNoWriMo 2014. Instead, I came close to finishing Emily's Choice during NaNoWriMo, and only have a couple of chapters left to write which I hope to get that done soon. It's been hard to write since the end of NaNoWriMo because of carpal tunnel and sciatica issues due to my pregnancy.
Another thing that bothers me is that I didn't make time for more Indie Reviews. I have read several Indie books this past year, but they didn't make it onto my blog. I definitely think that will be something I rectify in 2015, starting with posting the overdue reviews.
Some things I am proud of include publishing Back to December; attending my first (and hopefully not my last!) RWA Conference in San Antonio, TX; doing my best to strengthen my online relationships; and having a book signing in my home state of Maine over the summer.
I entered a reading contest this year too and while I didn't make my goal of 52 books, I am pleased with where I did end up. I've read 43.5 books this year and I'm happy to say a huge chunk of them were from my Indie friends. I also branched out and tried some different writing styles and genres. I plan to write a blog post with my Top 5 books of 2014, so keep an eye out for that.
Another thing to keep an eye out for? My 2015 Goals/Resolutions ... I've been jotting down notes that past week and as I read through my posts from the year, I'm making even more notes of what I'd like to accomplish in 2015. Writing them down helps me keep myself accountable, especially if I post them here on my blog.
As I contemplate the year and figure out what I learned in the past 365 days, it occurs to me that the greatest lesson 2014 taught me was ... Be Flexible.
It was nice to have a list of goals/resolutions for the year. I took them out often and revisited them. They were as relevant at the end of the year as they were at the beginning. While I didn't achieve them all, I'm proud of where I ended up, and I know going into 2015 with a new baby and a long to-do list, I'll be chanting Be Flexible often.
How was your 2014? Tell me about your greatest achievements or failures or both in the comments.
Here's the the future and a fabulous 2015!!