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Monday, December 31, 2012

On the Cusp

I know I’m supposed to be looking forward today, but I’m not one for lists or resolutions.  Instead, I let the “ideas” of what I want to achieve simmer inside.  Most years, I get there, but on my own, without announcements or outside pressure.  I read back to one of my first posts of 2012 recently and I realized, yes, this year I met my quiet goals.  So now, instead of focusing on 2013, I’d like to look back and express my gratitude to those who helped me do so.  

Thanks to Anne Gallagher and Bridget Chicoine, patient readers of a lousy early draft, both of whom offered astute comments to improve the story immeasurably.

Thank you to Rachel Harrie at Rach Writes and her campaigner challenge, which delivered a huge confidence booster.

Thank you to the editor of South Shore Living, who offered me a feature article on the Boston Harbor Islands (print edition!), and accepted my pitch for another, which will appear in the May 2013 issue.

Thank you to Suzanne (Palmieri) Hayes at The Lost Witch for a creative writing prompt at The Diary of a Lost Witch that made me remember how much I love pure writing.

Thank you to my local writers group, who continue to impart insight and confirmation.  They keep me optimistic.

Thank you to Alex Cavanaugh, who demonstrates every single week how important it is to give, and for IWSG, and the vast network of like-minded people out there, all who want to help.

Thank you to Carolina Valdez Miller and her partners at the Kindness Project who remind me to strive to be a better person.

Thank you to Mary Anne O’Hara, a college classmate and recently published novelist of an amazing book Cascade, who inspired me to try harder by saying she didn’t want her book to be “a drawer novel.”

Most of all, thank you to my family…my daughter who grows to be such an amazing young woman, and my wonderful husband, who continues to deliver patience and encouragement, and now, significant editorial support.  

Every year offers tremendous blessings.  Here is wishing you all you hope for in 2013.

Happy New Year!


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That was a very sweet way to approach it, Liza. Glad the IWSG has helped and thank you for the kind words - they are a confirmation for me. (You'll see why in my Wednesday post.)
May 2013 be YOUR year, Liza.

Carol Kilgore said...

Beautiful. It's always good to be grateful and show appreciation for the good things. And good people.

Happy New Year!

Old Kitty said...

Have a great New Year Liza!!! Wishing you more joy and success for 2013! Take care

Robin said...

That was lovely. I like goals better than resolutions. And I think that universe respond better to appreciation than... well, I can't think of anything. So, I have no doubt you are on the right track. Wishing you continued success in 2013!

mshatch said...

what a great way to look back at the year. Mine didn't end so well but I still made some accomplishments and I'm hoping next year is better :)

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Thank you for putting such a good perspective on what's important.
Wishing you more of these good things in the new year, Liza.

Anne Gallagher said...

Aw, thanks. That's so sweet. And the early draft isn't lousy. I just blame Nicky Jack. lol (kidding just kidding)

Happy Happy New Year! And kudo's to you for all your fabulous accomplishments! And congrats on getting another article accepted. That's such great news!

J.B. Chicoine said...

I'm so glad to have been a part of your past year and look forward to all the progress this year will hold for you and your projects! Crazy how much can happen in a year... :)

Kittie Howard said...

Beautiful, Liza, beautiful. I agree with Alex; it's going to be your year!