Saturday, December 28, 2013

Regurgitations, Reflections and Resolutions

By Lacey Gunter

Our post-Christmas crash has come complete with a nasty case of the stomach flu. Oh the joy of dashing to the bathroom and dumping your head in the toilet as your stomach puts a reject stamp on all the holiday helpings that seemed to taste so much better yesterday. A joy only overshadowed by the lovely surprise left by your kids all over their pillow and mattress.

There seems to be a silver lining to it, though. It has made for a great jump start to the post-holiday diet my hubby needs to pass his physical for the army.While many people seem to have a diet near the top of their New Year's Resolutions list, I am amused to find writing near the top of mine.

It was about this time last year that I caught the writers bug. Over six manuscripts, an online writing conference, two critique groups, hours of research, reading, writing and rewriting and one year later I am amazed how much I have learned and accomplished. I now know writers can come from all walks of life and I can actually enjoy writing.

As I look to the year ahead of me I wonder what it has in store. I am excited to start a new job, but I am nervous about balancing my have to's with my want to's. One of my want to's, of course, is writing a few more manuscripts. Thanks to a successful PiBoIDMo, I have a jump start on it with several fun and fresh ideas.  But I know I will need more than a start. So, I am thankful to have all of you to be a network of support, encouragement and accountability.

Here's to the new year and helping each other accomplish our new year's writing goals!


  1. Laundry is one of those never ending jobs, as soon as you have done it that same day you add more dirty clothes to the basket and it builds up again.

  2. Sorry to hear about your stomach flu- we had that over Thanksgiving. I caught the regular kind of flu that started with a cough on Christmas day and turned into me being unable to get out of bed for more than an hour or two a day since Thursday. Ugh. But so glad my husband took the week off.

    Anyway, I think I too will be setting some New Year’s goals that have to do with my writing. And I had never heard of PiBoIdMo before seeing it here, so that sounds really fun! :-)

  3. Beautifully put, Mare. The contrast is equally poignant in my house. And we're running just as low on underwear... :)

  4. We had the stomach flu, too. Ugh! First time I've thrown up since I was 11. Sorry you guys have been hit!

    My goals are mostly around writing, so you're not alone there! Good luck and if you need an accountabili-buddy, let me know!

  5. I would probably benefit from one.

  6. Yeah, PiBoIdMo is the counter to NaNoWriMo for picture book writers. This was the first year I tried it and I found it quite motivating and helpful.



Related Posts with Thumbnails