To Sum Up

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?

15 thoughts on “To Sum Up”

  1. Stephanie J says:

    I’m still so happy for you on the degree. It was wonderful to get the opportunity to celebrate with you in DC! 🙂

    I hear you on the goal. I would go all original on the goal thing but you pretty much summed it up for me so I’m going to go the copy cat route. Must. Happen. We can call each other up and vent our frustrations and successes!

    2009 is sticking out to me for the sad reasons — it was one in which my last remaining great grandparent passed away on my bday and one in which we had to put one of our dogs to sleep. However, that being said, I’m looking forward to what 2010 holds for me, my family, and my friends!

  2. Janga says:

    This was also the year you discovered your child is a poet. Don’t forget that!

    I’m your opposite when it comes to lists, Terri. (You won’t believe the two I have prepared for the next two weeks.) I think lists are my attempt to manage things that seem unmanageable. I’m an atypical listmaker because I’m not really an organized person.

    This year was one in which I said goodbye to several people I loved, wrote well over 100K words of fiction without finishing anything, helped break camp at the Vagabonds’ caravan, and failed to meet most of my goals for the year. It’s also the year in which I started two new books (30K plus on each), began my own blog, came up with ideas for 12 contests for the EJ/JQ board, and did not grade one single student paper. In other words, 2009 was a typical, win-some-lose-some year. LOL!

  3. TerriOsburn says:

    Steph – One of the best parts about going to Nationals is knowing I’ll get to spend time with you. And Mary too!

    I did a storyboard for the first time last night and loved it. I’m more determined than ever to make this writing thing happen and we can definitely call each other and push through to THE END together!

    Sorry to hear about the sad times of the year. But that’s one of the good things about it coming to an end, there’s all this hope and promise and enthusiasm for the new year about to start.

    Always remember, anything can happen and positive thinking can take you a long way.

  4. TerriOsburn says:

    Janga – It makes me feel better knowing you pick up my list-making slack. *g* I really don’t know what it is, but I dread being asked for a favorite anything. I really don’t have a favorite color or number or movie. I was clearly a passivist in a former life. Or a druggy, no telling.

    Congrats on all you’ve achieved this year. Even if those achievements didn’t fall into the Jan 1 specific goals, they are accomplishments all the same. And I look forward to this time next year when I can say I went the whole year without writing a school paper. LOL!

  5. This is the year I will be writing college papers, so I have a goal that I have a kick ass GPA to make up for my slacker mentality of my early twenties. It’s weird not to have “finishing the book” as my main goal. For so long that was unfinished and maybe finishing earlier this year (which seems so long ago) started me on thinking I’ll finish all kinds of other things. So my goal isn’t an end product but the goal to keep working toward those goals knowing there will be an end eventually.

  6. TerriOsburn says:

    Melissa – It must be nice to have the “FINISH THE BOOK” pressure behind you. I long for that day. Of course, then I’ll have the “FINISH ANOTHER ONE” pressure to deal with. It’s always something with this damn ambitious mind of mine. *sigh*

    Good luck with the school stuff. I found it much easier to get good grades as an older student. (Older being relative and something we don’t want to explore too deeply.) Whenever you do get to the end eventually, we’ll be right there throwing you a party and celebrating your accomplishment.

  7. Tris says:

    Hey Terri =D

    So good to hear from you again!

    This year was quite a fulfilling year for me with all its ups and downs. Like you, I also completed my degree this year (at long last). I also made a trip overseas to visit all my relatives who I haven’t seen since the day I started studying.

    Now that studying is out of the way, I hope to
    (1) find a job
    (2) make some start on my story by writing at least a page everyday
    (3) go to nationals (if I don’t find a job by that time =D)

    Wishing you all the best for the New Year!! ((((HUGS)))

  8. I am list-less as well. 🙂

    2009 has been very positive for me. Between my book sales and first grandson, how can I go wrong?

    2010 scares the crap out of me, but I’m looking forward to book releases and Nashville and hopefully meeting you!

  9. TerriOsburn says:

    Maggie – I cannot wait to meet you. It’s going to be soooooo cool. And to get to stand at your spot at the signings and tell everyone passing by “She’s my friend and she is awesome” will make it even better. LOL!

    Think of it this way, 2010 is going to fly by and at this time next year, you’ll be saying “2010 has been great but 2011 scares me.” LOL!

  10. TerriOsburn says:

    Tris – CONGRATS on the degree. Doesn’t it feel great? Better than I imagined when I decided to go for it.

    Kudos on getting to see the family and good luck with the book. Be sure to keep us updated on how it’s going.

    BTW – Did my first storyboard this week (with post-it notes) and can’t recommend it highly enough.

  11. Congratulations on the Degree! Hubby finished his as well, in December–such a long haul. You should be so proud!

    I will finish up my latest book (historical)and try a contemporary. Just try. If I hate it I won’t feel compelled to finish, but I really do love a lot of comtemps, so much so that it feels silly to not try one. And it will be stretching my writing muscles.

    I hope you all do copious amounts of blogging and pictures during Nationals–unless the money fairy arrives, I doubt I’ll make it this year. But I love to hear what everyone does. 🙂

  12. TerriOsburn says:

    Congrats to Mr. Layne on the degree. Hope you all did some extra celebrating this month on his behalf.

    I love reading historical, but I have NO desire to ever write one. Which is odd, but it’s the truth. I love writing contemp so you need any help, you know where to find me. I’m no expert, but I’m a helper. LOL!

    I have several friends for whom I praying they win the lottery so I can see them at Nationals. I’ll add you to the list!

  13. irisheyes says:

    I think the one thing I think about when I look back over 2009 is that I’m very blessed to still have all the people I love with me. I had a very scary wake-up call with the DH early in the year.

    As for 2010 I’m just taking it a day at a time. Seeing as I’m sick as a dog right now, it has nowhere to go but up from here.

  14. TerriOsburn says:

    Irish – Here’s to your DH (and everyone else!) staying healthy. And I hope you’re feeling better. I was in the Chicago airport Friday for less than an hour and thought I was going to die. I had to walk OUTSIDE to my plane and it was FIVE FREAKING DEGREES?!

    I knew it was unlikely I’d ever live in Chicago, but this makes it definite.

  15. Anonymous says:

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