No One Likes a Clip Show

Posted on 30 December 2010

I’m not one for resolutions or outlining all my goals for 2011. (What are my goals, anyway? Just to keep writing and revising as I have been, I suppose.) I can say that 2010 has been a good year. It was the year I finally stepped up and started sending out my stories after a very long submission hiatus. It was a year that earned me some recognition in contests as well as five lit mag acceptances (six, if you count one acceptance that kind of imploded — but that’s a story for another day).

Finally, it was the year that I won the G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize and the year I contracted for my first book. All in all, this was a fabulous year, writing-wise, and I couldn’t be more grateful.

I started this blog in August. As I’m sure you know, blogs can take a long time to gather steam and readers (steamy readers?) and I feel I’ve made some new writing friends in an amazingly short period of time. But since many of you might not have been around in the early days of the blog, I thought I’d offer some links to some of the first entries: Like my very first post, or the entry explaining how I accidentally led friends to believe I was pregnant.

I reminisced about my total failure of a second novel and my sometimes-unhealthy writing group obsession. I also humiliated myself (why is that such a theme on this blog?) by taking a fake author photo and, of course, gave a tour of my adolescent angst.

The Tooth Fairy was front and center in this Deep Thought Thursday post, one of the few that isn’t related to writing. I also cried into my coffee over my worst rejection and told the world why I’d make a good cat lady.

In the Real-Life Living Arrangements category, I shared the story of friends living in Chile during the devastating earthquake, as well as tarantulas in Texas and dorm room menageries. (I’m planning to include more real-life living arrangement stories in 2011, so feel free to contact me if you have a good one.)

I also indulged in some nostalgia over old manual typewriters, admitted I have a problem with the word “just,” and shared the story of the cat who kept me company while I wrote my first novel.

I hope your 2010 was as happy and productive as mine was. I do have a post lined up for tomorrow, but for now, I’ll say farewell to 2010 and look forward to all that is possible in 2011. Happy New Year!

Words photo: Robert Bruce Murray III // Sort of Natural
Sparkler photo: princess toadie


2 responses to No One Likes a Clip Show

  • Downith says:

    I’ve just done the whirlwind tour! All good stuff.

  • Cougel says:

    Congrats on the accomplishments, Laura! Kinda feels good to look back and quantify em, huh? I tried to do that in my latest post but in the end, I discovered that the real stuff that changed was all on the inside. A good place to start :) Happy New Year!

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