I think the only good things I have to say about this year are:
- I finally took the step to start graduate school, something I wish I had done twenty years ago. I love it, and I'm getting more out of it than I had expected.
- I got closer to my sister, but under the absolute worst of circumstances.
- My leg and foot are definitely getting better. If you don't know me, I have had nerve damage and incredible pain for more than four years. The benefit of this is other things like shingles and mammograms and needle biopsies don't hurt so much in comparison.
- I figured out how to execute the research I need to do for my historical novels and did a huge amount of the research.
My one regret this year is I didn't write every day. I took huge lapses in time when I did research but didn't write. For me, the writing is therapeutic in the same way going on a vacation is. It's my happy place because I can go anywhere without the hassle of a long car trip or the TSA or having to breathe in other people's air on an airplane, which is just terrifying.
In 2014 I am going to do these things, not to push myself but because I think it will make me happy and/or less stressed:
- Give up coffee and switch to green tea because it makes me less spazzy.
- Strive to write every day for at least 20 minutes.
- Strive to exercise every day for 20 minutes - apparently this is the key to sleeping normally.
- Meditate every day (just before writing).
- Participate in Write1Sub1 and actually do it instead of just thinking about what a good idea it is. See my little list on the right for the link.
- Write a collection of creepy short stories during my Poe class (January-April).
- Finish edits to One Small Betrayal (which is also creepy in a Poe kind of way).
- Carry on with my historical fiction.
- Interview my great aunt with my mom.
My mom and I have had a complex relationship. This year, she has been amazing about helping me with research, talking to people about questions I have, collecting family stories for me, and simply looking at pictures of coal towns to help me figure out to lay out my fictional town.
This is my last post of the year. I hope you all have a relaxing and joyful Christmas and New Year.