2012 was a great year, but despite its greatness, it could not hold a candle to 2002 and 2009, which, for various reasons, were the best years of my life.
I had some goals for 2012, both for writing and for life. My first writing goal was to rewrite my seven novels, and unfortunately, that did not happen. My second writing goal was to write a blog post for every weekday in 2012, and that did happen, with the exception of one week in November when I took a break. (I also got Freshly Pressed for the second time!) I made my reading goal: finish 75 books by the end of the year. So that’s 2 out of 3.
My number one life goal was to get a full-time job with benefits. That goal transcended the importance of my writing goals. In May, I got a temporary job as a contractor for a research company. At the end of November, the job turned permanent, so I am now a junior editor at the lowest rung of the corporate ladder and the “baby” of my department, and I absolutely love my job and thank God for it every day. 🙂
In January, I was working part-time as a waitress at a well-known chain restaurant. I started that job back in August 2011 and ended it in May, when I got my contractor job. Those nine months as a restaurant employee taught me more than all my years of college and all my years of high school combined. I have so many stories from that job that I could blog for an entire year about nothing else, but I won’t bore you with all that.
The main reason I did not complete my biggest writing goal was because of XIII. Whenever I start a new revision/draft of XIII, all other writing projects fall by the wayside. XIII has infuriating methods of wedging its way into my brain and begging to be rewritten and revamped. Don’t get me wrong — I love writing and ruminating over XIII, but it would be nice to work on something else now and again. However, my ex and I made a good deal of progress on XIII, so it was a satisfying endeavor, no matter how frustrating.
Basically, those were the biggest events of my year (excluding events of my incredibly boring personal life). I thank everyone who has read my blog this year — I appreciate every comment and every pageview, and I wish you all the very best in 2013.