To Sum Up

on December 27, 2009

So, I’m sitting here, the day after Christmas 2009, in a cold motel room outside Knoxville, wondering why I’ve gone further south and it’s COLDER. I’m also thinking I should update this thing. It’s been *looks at last blog date* um, a while.

I hope everyone had a great holiday and will be ringing in the New Year with joy, enthusiasm, and maybe some adult beverages. Since the timing of this makes it a year end, summing things up blog, I should probably sum things up. The thing about summing up blogs is, they usually include some sort of list.

This blog will not include a list of any kind. I do not fault those who make these lists, who present the best books of the year or their favorite movies. I just can’t do it. I don’t know if it’s a default or a missing gene, but I can’t pick favorites (not even a color) and I can’t bring myself to even attempt to reflect on my year and sum it up in a list of my opinions.

For one thing, my opinion isn’t worth all that much. I read fewer books this year than any year since I was twelve years old. Of the books I did read, less than five were new releases, so if anyone is looking for a list of the best books they missed this year, this is not the place to look. I can point you in several directions *cough*Janga’s blog*cough* but I can’t help you directly.

I would like to say 2009 will always be a special year as it’s the year I earned my Bachelors in Business Administration degree. With the exception of my daughter, this is my greatest accomplishment to date. And I can honestly say, it feels damn good. Consider my year summed.

The other element of many annual sum-up blogs is the mention of goals. These I can do. I don’t always stick to them, but I can set them. I have one goal for 2010, to write my first novel, edit it to within an inch of its life, and have it polished in time for RWA Nationals at the end of June.

My guess is I’ll do several other things during the year, but for now, THAT is my one, unbending goal. In an effort for full disclosure, this goal scares the bajesus out of me. Well, NOT REACHING this goal is what scares me. But, I’m going to do it. Really. For sure. Yeah.

That brings us to the two obvious questions here. What is the biggest thing you’ll remember from 2009? And what is your one, unbending, mandatory goal for 2010?