Monday, December 20, 2010


As I write this (a day late) it is almost Christmas, for those who celebrate. Almost the end of 2010, for those who might want to celebrate that. There were years, oh yes, there were years, where I didn't so much ring in the new year as kick out the old one . . . and good riddance to bad rubbish!

But 2010, thankfully, was not one of those years. 2010 brought me an agent and a grandbaby and I am thrilled to pieces about both of them.

The Rockville8 will be doing a bit of summing up in January, so more to come on that. But in the meantime, I leave you with a couple almost perfect links.

First, The Popcorn Dialogues, which is a podcast from the FABULOUS Jennifer Crusie and Lucy March. They watch a movie, then record themselves (and sometimes special guests) discussing the movie from their writerly perspectives. For a structure-hungry student like myself, it's almost as good as sitting in a classroom with them. It took me a long time to start listening to the podcasts, but now that I have, I'm hooked.

And then there's this animated Xmas card, featuring a poem by Neil Gaiman. It's not even almost festive, but I'm including it here anyway because I love it and because it captures something of my own personal mood this time of year almost perfectly . . .

Have a holiday, y'all!

Whether you want to or not . . .

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  1. All in was almost a good year! No, seriously, it was indeed a great year with a suragate grandbaby for the R8 and lots of writing dates and a few other cool things (Golden Heart comes to mind, yes indeed) thrown in there.

    Here's to gently shelving 2010 in the back of the closet to make space for all the shiny newness coming in 2011. Any cluttering baggage type bits can go straight to the street for garbage collection...

    Cheers, Y, R8 and dear readers!!

  2. Cheers to you, Rockville 8! You certainly made my 2010 brighter.

  3. Personal goals may have been the worst roller coaster ride. But I've got my family and a wide diversity of friends, so I count 2010 as a good one.

    Rockville 8 - You're special to me. Hugs!

  4. Keely, you finalist you, the Golden Heart FOR SURE. And I'm looking forward to more productive writing dates in 2011!

    Jane -- you make my days brighter, too!

    Michelle -- That Personal Goals coaster is a rocky ride, but still the best ride in the park! It's the ones that just go round and round that make me sick. :-)

  5. 2010... on the one hand, how could I kick it to the curb? I finished my first draft this year? In R8 terms, I met my goal.
    However, in thinking of that roller coaster that Michelle mentioned, I also feel as though I have been cranked up to the very top of one of those incredible drops (woohoo!)but suddenly am not certain I'm ready to let go.
    So, 2011... maybe this will be the year of flying cars, of exhileration and adventure, of letting go and scaring myself.