What am I looking forward to this year? Well, unlike my fellow spuds here at One Potato…Ten, I do not have any books coming out this year. But I am excited about other stuff, such as:
*Waiting to hear when my poem will be published in Ladybug (this year or next) and also anticipating the artwork that will accompany the poem.
*Wondering if I will make the Top 3 in the Highlights 2012 Fiction Contest. Yes, that’s right: in spite of the fact that the contest was open to
ALL writers on the planet (which I
figure makes the odds of placing in the top 3 slightly better than the odds of
winning the lottery) I gave it a shot. After
all, what’s the old adage -- someone
has to win, right? But the real reason I
did it was because I needed something to jump-start my mid-winter writer’s
funk, and working on a 700-word story every night for over two weeks gave me
the renewed confidence to return to my longer projects. So in that way I’ve already “won” something
just by the process of writing the story and entering it in the contest. They are scheduled to announce the winners in
June and if by some miracle my story makes the cut, I’m sure you will hear the
hooting and hollering from Whidbey Island….
*Cultivating the friendships I began at last weekend’s SCBWI –
*Finishing, revising, polishing, and then submitting a novel to some of the agents and editors from the conference.
*Ditto for two picture book ideas I have been mulling over the winter.
*Finally, on a personal note, I am looking forward to the upcoming sailing season. Our boat was in the shop most of last summer and so I missed my usual quiet time on the water -- time I spend refilling my well and pondering story ideas.