Sunday, January 1, 2012

A Year in Review

This will be quick, I promise.

2011 was a big year. And no big year is complete without some sort of  highlights list attached, right?
So here's mine:
  1. Naomi Rose was born.
  2. Wrote a lot. >>Here<< is one example.
  3. Queried a lot. An example of the insanity >>here<<.
  4. Won a MSFV Secret Agent contest. (Huge confidence booster!)
  5. Celebrated twelve years of marital bliss with my dashingly handsome sidekick.
  6. Traveled to Hong Kong to visit my family. See pictures >>here<< and >>here<<.
  7. All that querying was worth it when I signed with my wonderful agent, Emmanuelle Morgen.
  8. Lots of editing. An example >>here<<.
  9. Participated in NaNo for the first time ever. And won!
  10. And that's not even going into all the wonderful books I read and all the wonderful people I met through this blogging community.
All in all, heck yeah, this was a fantastic year! I am more than thankful. Not only for the good times, but the tough times too, because if we didn't have tough times and challenges we would be characterless blobs without a story to tell. We writers know the value of hardship more than anyone.

I'm looking forward to 2012 and all it holds.

My goals (not resolutions, mind you, GOALS!):
  1. Keep reading
  2. Keep writing
  3. Rewrite, rewrite, rewrite
  4. Edit, edit, edit
  5. Get into some sort of exercise routine, probably some sort of morning video work out that doesn't involve leaving the house ... at least, not until spring
  6. Snuggle my children as much as possible because they're all growing up too fast
  7. Remind my dashingly handsome sidekick every single day how wonderful and amazing he is
And that's a wrap!

What about you? Did you have a good 2011? What are your goals for 2012? 

Happy New Year, everyone. I wish you all the best in 2012!


  1. Wow, Amy, it was a good year for you! So fun to have followed your journey . . . So proud of you! K

  2. Love that the year was wonderful for you and that your goals are simple and attainable. I know you will do well this year, too.

    I just want to write something great and bring into my life a healthier diet.

  3. these are excellent resolutions! I especially like the part about the kids and the sidekick husband. Ahh, those guys really keep us going.

    Here's to a fantastic 2012! :o)

  4. Congratulations on a year well lived!

    You know, I truly think we'd have a blast hanging out. Wish you lived closer!
    ~ Wendy

  5. I'd forgotten that you won that Secret Agent contest. No wonder you found an agent for SEAGULL:)

    Wishing you all the best in 2012, Amy. Next stop on the writing road: book deal!

  6. Wow! What a wonderful 2011 you had! Good luck with 2012!

  7. Those are awesome goals! I hope this year is even more amazing than your last!

  8. Dear Amy, I especially liked your comment about being thankful for the struggles as well.

    I've been pondering and praying about the New Year, and pretty much still need to surrender daily to God's will. Of course, I hope and pray that my ego/will/desires are aligned with His.

    May you have a very happy and blessed 2012

  9. Hi, Amy!! Wendy Miller sent me over to your blog!! I enjoyed reading about your year and about your journey to finding an agent. Congrats on a great year. It's nice to meet you. Oh, and I simply love the name of your blog. I can so relate!!

  10. What a fantastic 2011 for you! I know 2012 is going to be even better :)

  11. What a great post!! I love it and hope your 2012 is even better than your spectacular 2011! I subscribe to MSFV, so am very impressed by your winnings there!! What an inspiration. Your Hong Kong photos are fabulous. And I love your wedding photo. Happy Belated 12th Anniversary! A very fruitful Year of the Dragon to you and your family!!!

  12. What a great year! I loved reading your highlights and goals! Btw, I didn't know you won a MSFV contest! Cool!

    I hope 2012 is fabulous!!

  13. Such a wonderful year review and I hope 2012 is even better. Your goals are simple and powerful.

  14. I resolve to be all the International Literary Sex Symbol that I can.
    Abs of Alumninum

  15. I hope you have a wonderful New Year, Amy!
    (And I'm just going to use your goals, okay? They're an awful lot like mine...:)

  16. I came back to tell you I checked out your first page at MSFV after I read your post! It's sooo great! Go, Amy!!

  17. My dream to be agented wasn't successful like I'd hoped, HOWEVER, I'm now part of a wonderful publishing house Still Moments, and have three short stories coming out this year. I suppose we all have things happen in different ways. This was super exciting!

    You've done wonderfully. Congratulations on all the awesome in 2011, can't wait to continue to follow in 2012!

  18. I love all of this. So great. What a 2011! You are so dear to me, my friend.

  19. Wow, that's an amazing 2011! I hope 2012 is just as fabulous.

  20. 2011 was an awesome year for you. Have a wonderful 2012.

  21. Yes, goals -- not resolutions.

    So glad you had a great year. And I love that you got a baby and an agent in the same year. :)

  22. I didn't know you won a MSFV SA contest. Or maybe I had forgotten that. Congrats!

    Your goals sound similar to mine, except I already work out almost every day. But now I'm using our punching bag and it feels awesome. :D