2014 — A Year in Review and a Wish for You

year in accountThis time of year, we can’t help but reflect on what we’ve accomplished. That introspection can give us a sense of great accomplishment. It might result in disappointment. I wish the former for all of you.

As for me, this year seems a roller coaster of emotions.

My kids had some injuries to work through during their sports’ seasons. But both have recovered and are in better shape than they were before their injuries.

We don’t get to see family very often; we’re too far away. But when we do get to visit, we’ve learned to really appreciate our time together.

We lost some dear family members, and others aren’t doing very well. But we have a wonderful new in-law (my niece got married) and there are two new babies in our family (my brother-in-law and my nephew each have a baby girl now… so I’m now a great-aunt in both senses of the word).

Some of my friends and I drifted apart. But I made some wonderful new ones, both in person and online.

I parted ways with my agent. But I landed a multi-book contract with an independent press, and one of my novels will be out later this month.

I stopped working at the publishing house where I edited. But I took a job as a marketing director with a fabulous new publisher, and I’m having a blast.

I’m finding less time to write. But I’m writing faster and smarter.

My husband? Solid as a rock. So I guess all things being equal, he puts me one ahead in the “good things” column.

Yes, it’s been a year of ups and downs. But we all have them. I hope as you look back over your year, you find you have more items in your “good things” column than in the “bad things” column.

Thank you for taking a little time each week to read my posts, maybe even chat with me afterward. Your support means more to me than you’ll ever know. Enjoy your holidays, and I’ll see you in 2015!


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8 thoughts on “2014 — A Year in Review and a Wish for You”

  1. Staci, It’s been mostly a good year for me, but probably ending on a sad note for a few of my friends. I’m grateful to know you and am certain one day, we’ll meet. Happy holidays to you and yours.

  2. Hi Staci,
    This year has been a mixed bag for a lot of people. I’m really glad that we’re friends. Our group is one of the things I’m grateful for this year.

    I wish you the very best in these remaining weeks, and also a very happy new year. I think it’s going to be a really good year. 🙂

  3. It has been a great year, all in all. I’m so glad we’ve got to know one another better and look forward to a time we meet in person. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you! Looking forward to 2015.

    1. Joan, you’re one of the things I’m thankful for this year. Without you starting the TW:FW group, I wouldn’t have gotten to know you better, or many of the other otters.

      And I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year as well. Looking forward to 2015!

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