Friday, December 31, 2010

Looking Back, Moving Forward


What a ride 2010 has been! Some of the wonderful things that happened to me this year are:


* I met all of you, so many amazing, new blogging friends. Many of you chose to follow my little Winded Words, bringing my list from twenty-something to almost 350. Thank you! But most of all, thank you for your friendships! I’m a better person for having met so many of you.

* I finished another novel. (Go, Jedda, go!)

* I had many requests for Courtesy and Patience. Though none of them panned out, I’ve learned invaluable things about the business.

* Because of blogging, I have FOUR new incredible critique partners. (You are stellar, ladies!!)

* My mother beat cancer for a second time! It took 10 months of chemo, two clinical trials, monthly trips to Albuquerque, and hundreds of prayers, but she’s healing well. Here’s to years of remission!

* I have the most beautiful and bright family who continue to amaze me as they grow into people that leave me in awe every day. (I might be biased, though….)


I have so many things to be thankful for this year, but those are the few I want to sing about. And as 2011 approaches, I’m curious to see what will happen. For me, there’s something about the double years……..


1977 The year I was born
1988 The year I wrote my first novel (A trite story about a tom-girl named Gem Shoe.)
1999 I married my husband
2011 ?????

Happy New Year, everyone!

36 comments:

  1. What a sweet post.

    2010 sounds like it was big year for you, both in writing and in reaching out to other writers.

    Can't wait to read Jedda.

    And I'm thrilled about your mom. Since I knew about her cancer, I've been rooting for her. I hope for many, many years of remission.

    Happy New Year to you too! : )

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  2. It HAS been a great year for you! And I love that double digit years are ones of success for you. Can't wait to celebrate those to come with you!

    And hey, tomorrow is 1/1/11 -- let's see what quadruple digits do for us!

    Happy New Year!!

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  3. You too, dearie! And I wish I had known your mom was here in town. I could have helped out in some way...

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  4. You were born in 1977?!?!?!

    Wow!!!

    Anyway!! What a cathartic and amazing year you've had!! Yay for your mum!! Oh that's brilliant news, truly!!

    All that's left to say is GO JEDDA, GO!!! :-)

    Have a brilliant and fantastic New Year! Take care
    x

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  5. 2010 was good to me too. Here's hoping 2011 is even better!

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  6. hi miss jackee! im just real happy i got at your blog and me and you got to be friends. im sooooo happy for your mom. i been doing prayers for her and it makes my heart feel good knowing she doing so good. i hope you have the most happy and best new year ever. HAPPY NEW YEAR!
    ...big hugs from lenny

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  7. That is such good news about your mother! And kudos on your writing accomplishments. You're climbing that mountain with great attitude.
    Here's to a stellar 2011--Happy New Year, Jackee!

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  8. Great post. It really resonated with me. Although I've always been grateful for the blessings in my life, I didn't think to consider them in my post about the New Year. I tend to be Eeyore. In fact,this is one of the things I resolved to change about myself in 2011. Anywho, thanks for the insightful post. Not only should we look for whats to come, but we should also look back to where we've been.

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  9. Sounds like you've had a terrific year! Hoping 2011 follows the pattern of awesome double years!

    Happy New Year!!

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  10. Congrats to your mom for beating cancer, again! That's wonderful. I'm so glad I met you this year! 2011 is going to be a good year, I can feel it.

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  11. Happy New Year, Jackee!!! May 2011 be your best year yet!

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  12. Sounds like a great year. I'm so glad your mom is doing well. What a blessing! Here's hoping 2011 is the best yet!

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  13. What wonderful things to be thankful for and so happy for your Mom! Hope the year of 2011 passes all your wildest dreams.

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  14. Wishing you and your family a Happy and Healthy New Year filled with love and joy!

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  15. Great stats for 2010 :)

    Wishing you more successes in the New Year!

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  16. It sounds like you had a great 2010! I'm so glad to hear your mother beat cancer. :)

    Here's to a fabulous 2011!

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  17. 2010 was a pretty great year for me too...I met you! I'm so glad you had so many good things happen in 2010. You have a great heart!

    I expect 2011 will be full of wonderful things for you, Jackee!

    Happy New Year, my friend!

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  18. Those are good signs the year will rock!

    You've had such a great year - so good to hear about your mom - what a great story! :)

    I wish you all the very best in the 2011!!!

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  19. What an eventful 2010. and how cool for your mom! Congrats on the new novel and have a terrific new year's!

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  20. It sounds like 2010 has been a wonderful year for you, even in its challenges. I'm so glad I found you during the course of it--looking forward to sharing 2011 with you!

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  22. Interesting pattern there with the double years! I loved your list of things from 2010. Meeting my blog friends was definitely a highlight of 2010 for me to (I started in April). I have learned SO MUCH!!! I loved finding a community of friends who understands the peculiar mindset of a writer. Here's to a wonderful 2011!

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  23. So happy your mom is doing well. May she have many years of being in remission.

    I hope your 2011 is all you hope it will be!

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  24. Glad you survived your 2010 ride and so pleased to hear about your mother. I love numbers that have a pattern to them. Too bad none of us will be here to see 2222!

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  25. Yay for your mom!!! :) *hugs*

    Here's to a fantastic, spectacular 2011!

    Love,
    Lola

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  26. That sounds like a wonderful 2010 and I hope you have an equally wonderful (or more so) 2011!

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  27. Such great news about your mom! yes, hopefully out of remission for good.

    And here's to another great writing year!

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  28. Your mom beat cancer twice? That is so amazing!

    I think this year will bring with it wonderful things. I can't wait to see what they will be. It will be a great year!

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  29. What a great list of wonderful thing for your 2010! I hope you have a fabulous double year :)

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  30. Nice post. It sounds like 2010 was a wonderful year. It was for me too. I wish you a very happy 2011!

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  31. I hope 2011 has that double-digit good luck!

    That's great news about your mom! I'm so glad to hear she's doing well.

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  32. Glad to hear you had such a good year and are keeping a positive attitude about 2011. Good luck and prosperity to you this coming year!

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  33. I'm excited too to see what your year brings for you. I pray it is a great one!

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  34. Those are wonderful. It's great news about your mom. 2011 will be interesting I think.

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  35. I love this post because you're being so thankful and happy about all the blessings in your life. I don't do that enough and you've reminded me to be more so. Thank you.

    I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and New Year!

    Jai

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