As I sit staring out at a hefty storm smashing my home town and contemplating the year to come, I wanted to quickly thank everyone who's entered my life throughout 2017; to those I've worked with as an editor through my business, Lakewater Press, and through contests such as Pitch Wars; to those I've interviewed or who have guest blogged for me; to those whose books I've read and those who've read my book; and finally to those I've connected with on social media and other writer-y book-y events.
It's wrong for me to say that this year has been a bad one, because compared to 2016, a year would have to truly go some with a sack full of Molotov cocktails to out-do that rotten bag of poop. So, 2017 hasn't been terrible. In fact I've been blessed with many wonderful moments, both personal and professional, for which I will always be grateful and remember fondly. It's been challenging at times, to say the least, and has definitely been my and my family's year for catching sickness bugs! But, I've learned some important lessons, and, most excitedly, have rekindled my love with writing and dug out a confidence that I buried a while back beneath a constant workload borne of never saying no.
All in all, I'm not turning my back on 2017 with a heavy heart or bitter tongue; more a tired, drained, and relieved spirit waving a very shout-y "GOODBYE, I won't miss you", and whispering a tentative "Hello, 2017. Friends?"
I am looking forward to 2018 in many ways. I have heaps planned and hope to achieve as many of my goals as possible. I'm not going to list them as I always consider that to be some kind of jinx. But I have some amazing people in my corner, and whose corners I will forever occupy.
I'm a grateful, soppy, and sentimental bunny as this final day of 2017 comes to an end, and full of appreciation for all the special, glittery, life puzzle pieces that I've discovered this year.
Good luck to you all and I hope that we'll continue to be best buds in 2018. If you need me, you know where I am!