In spite of how much I've dug my heels in and tried to keep 2011 from disappearing faster than a Thanksgiving meal which took three days to cook, I have failed miserably. Time is passing and although I will be ready for Christmas and New Year's, I wish this past year had gone more slowly so I could have enjoyed more of it.
I can take a few minutes and remember the high points that have happened since January 1, 2011 until now. I can think of each happening, event, or surprise that came my way. Most of it was great and maybe that is the reason I regret it going so fast. I want to slow down and savor every moment big, small or in between. But that has not been the way things have gone.
On my goal list, half of the things have been accomplished and marked off. Things like: spend lots of quality time with my grandkids (check), find an agent (check), make new writing friends (check), spend a week in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley (check), be more active in my local chapter of Romance Writers of America. Becoming the president for Ancient City Romance Authors for 2012 deserves a (check and double check).
The things from my list I didn't make happen: Lose enough weight to make Twiggy jealous (you really young folks look her up) write, sell, and have published the next greatest American novel, and last but not least, master Facebook and Twitter.
Those goals will go back on this year's list along with being the best ACRA president I can, make new friends, and with the help of a lot of special people, make the membership for the chapter grow and grow.
A couple of weeks ago, our 2012 Board had our first meeting to set up goals, to talk about budgets and to discuss the things we would like to see ACRA accomplish next year. The Board is made up of awesome members full of energy and bright ideas, and we had a very successful first board meeting.
I look forward to seeing everyone at the first chapter meeting in 2012.