30 December 2009

Taking Stock...

Hey, Friends!

What was your favorite New Year's?

Mine was last year. I was in India, invited to a party at a neighbor's house. We got to meet the family and had the most fascinating conversation. They gave us chai (hoorraay!) and a dessert (not so much of a hooray), then they went dancing. I was in bed by ten. Jet lag, you know. This year, I don't have any plans--other than to be asleep by midnight. :0) I'm actually a night owl but lately I've been waking up at the same time everyday without an alarm clock. Staying up doesn't have the same appeal it once did.

What are your plans, if any?

2009 was a great year for me. I started it off in India, wondering where in the world my life was going and am ending it with direction. That's pretty cool. I started reading writing blogs in January, in July started my own, joined ACFW, and even had a magazine pick up two of my pieces (a nonfiction article and a short story). I also queried a novel, received roughly ten battle wounds (ahem... rejections) and spent most of the fall overhauling said book. My plan is to re-submit spring 2010. I'm trying to wait until the Nano downpour is out of the way. I started novel #6, started coming on staff with a missions organization, and most importantly, cuddled with my poodle as often as I could. All in all, a pretty good year.

2010 already has one strike against it because I can't make a smiley face out of the digits like I've been doing with the double 00's for the past decade. But other than that, I have great hope. :0) I guess I could still make a smiley face, but it would look weird. And I don't know whether to call it "2-10" or "two thousand ten". Which do you prefer?

I don't really make New Year's resolutions. I used to make twenty every year. I'm not really sure why, just that I felt like it had to be twenty. Then I scratched them all and just started making the same one: to be ambidextrous. Whenever I'm bored I try writing with my left hand in pursuit of this ambition.

I do dream, though. This time next year, I want to have an agent. I want either a book on submission with a publishing house or a contract. I want novel #6 to be written, edited, and ready. I want to revise book #4 and have it ready as well.

Guess I better get to work!

This is my last post for the week--and the year. I'll see y'all 4 January. Have a great (and safe) New Year's, whether you're asleep before midnight (like me, hopefully) or stay up into the wee hours of the night. I love y'all and am thankful for you!


  1. Bringing in the New Year in India is hard to top! Last year I stayed up with my ten year old and brought in the New Year watching The Golden Girls- my favorite!

    This year hubby is preaching on New Year's Eve, looking forward to being in the presence of Yahweh!

    Have a happy New Year Kristen!

  2. Wow, New Years in India! That must have been exciting! I can't think of a New Years I remember! lol...I am usually asleep at that time! ;)

    I plan on entering contests this year and start getting feedback. I also want to start AND finish a new book this year. (it took over a year to complete the last one!)

    Happy New Year!

  3. That sounds like so much fun, Tamika!

    Me too, Sherrinda! I'm praying for it! Good for you. You can do it!

  4. I'm probably going with twenty-ten. Boring I know! Praying a great year for you and many blessings! :O)

  5. This year I'm querying and finishing another book. I hope you have a good sleep on New Year's Eve, we have company.

  6. God has definitely blessed you this year! Amazing accomplishments, Kristen! We usually have a New Year's Eve service @ our church - great preaching, food and fellowship. This year, we're following your pattern - home by 10:30 and hopefully asleep before the new year! God bless you and 'see' you in 2010!

  7. What an amazing year you've had. If the worst thing about this next one is the whole happy face inconvenience, I think you're on a roll!

    My hope for this year is a successful rewrite of my memoir, an agent and maybe even a publisher by this time 2010. And lots and lots of students to teach writing to.

  8. Last year we had family visiting and we stayed up and played Mexican Train with the younger crowd. This year we'll be on our own and I expect I'll be asleep by midnight.

    I don't make resolutions because when I break them I feel I've broken a promise to myself, so I do intentions instead... not quite so 'cast in stone'. :) Happy New Year to you.

  9. Happy New Year! Here's to 2010. (I don't know what I'll call it ...twenty ten seems easier to say).

  10. Kristen: I hope this is your best year ever, and agree for an agent and a contract for you.

    I am naming Twenty Ten the year of Favor. Want to join me?

    Love you oodles and Poodles, especially YOUR fur baby poodle,
    Audience of ONE

  11. Ooh--i never even thought of "20-10". I've just been subtracting the zero like it isn't even there. Oh, the possibilities.

    I agree, Jeannette. I'm gonna claim the year--starting with that I will move into my apartment!

    Carol--I love mexican dominoes! That's so fun!

    I hope that for you too, Deb!

    Thanks, Maria! You too!

  12. We are twins! During college, when I was really bored during lectures, I would take notes with my right hand (I'm left-handed). I actually got really good at writing with my right hand. I convinced myself that maybe I was abmidextrious. HA!

    I love this post. I love your ambitions for 2010.

    I like the 2-10. Not 2 thousand 10.

  13. My resolutions are in the form of ongoing writing and other goals. Currently I am unscrambling my desk to make some sense and order out of things, which will help with these ongoing goals:) Blessings and Happy New Year to you and your readers!

  14. Hello dear friend!
    I've missed your wonderful posts!!!

    Resolutions? Not anymore. Just goals.

    I keep calling it "twenty ten". Two thousand ten sounds so formal!

    Have a happy, happy new year! I'll see you soon :)

    Oh, and by the way, I AM ambidextrous :)

  15. AH! We are twins, Katie! Sounds like you're more advanced than I am, though. I hoping I'm not working on this until my grave! I like 2-10 better than 20-10. Maybe I'll just be different and say that.

    Happy New year to you, Karen! Keep on writing! The world needs what you have to say.

    JEALOUS, Jack! I'm so jealous! Yebo, Sisi--have a great new year too!

  16. You had a really good year and I am impressed with all you did including your publishing credits!! I know this next year will bring even more you way:)
    As for New years...we have been invited to dinner by friends and hope to be home by nine in bed!!

  17. Hey Kristen, sounds like 2009 was pretty good but hold on b/c 2thousand-10 will be even better. Wishing you the happiest new year. I have so appreicated you. Sarah

  18. My personal favorite is two thousand ten. :)

    Since we're supposed to have bad weather, it's unlikely we'll be going anywhere for New Year's Eve. I usually stay up and watch TV, waiting for the ball to drop in Times Square. (They still do that, don't they?)

    Happy New Year,
    Susan :)

  19. OH how I WISH I were in India for New Years. Now THAT is EXCITING! Love you...Your #1 fan of course!

  20. New Year's eve plans: My husband and I will be babysitting our three year old granddaughter so her parents can have a night with friends. I can't think of a better way to bring in the new year.

  21. New years in India sounds magical!!! And I like the idea of having New Years Dreams instead of resolutions. Dreams sound way more fun.

  22. Wearing my orange pashima almost makes up for just LISTENING to the story about New Year's in India.

    Just being with my family and friends in our annual square-dancing/game/food/fun night will be enough.

    Happy New Year's, Kristen!

    P.S. You will be happy to know that a closet clean-out now has your beauty knotted over its on color coordinated row of scarves, etc.
    No, I have NEVER done anything like this before.


  23. Thanks, Sarah!

    Yes, I think they do, Susan! It was never really a tradition of mine so it's kind of hit or miss for me. It's fun when I catch it!

    Mikki--I wish you and I were in India over New Year's! That would rock! I love you too! Thank you!

    That is a great way, Diane! Have a great night!

    Definitely, Lisa and Laura!

    Happy New year's to you, Patti Lacy! HAHAHA!!! That's awesome! And beautiful! I can't wait until I move. I'm going to get a basket just for my shawls! :0) Have fun square dancing! That's awesome!

  24. Mine was last year...we spent it at a comedy club here in Nashville. I think we're going to do the same thing this year!

  25. Sounds like you have wonderful plans for the New Year. Best wishes always.

  26. That sounds like a lot of fun, Stephanie! I hope it's a blast!

    Thanks, Wanda! Thanks so much for coming over here. It's great to meet you!

  27. New Year's in India--wow!

    I worked hard last year, so I plan to continue my routine.

    I haven't decided what to call it. I think I usually say "two thousand ten".

    Good luck with your writing and your submissions!

  28. My favorite New Years took place nineteen years ago when our one and only was born. She was a New Year's baby--barely. The Fashion Queen was born at 11:39 p.m. on 1/1/91. Ever since then New Year's Day has been a very special day for me and my family.

    I wish you all the best in 2010.

  29. Keli, that is the best of all New Years! Hey, did you hear about the twins that were born one minute apart from each other the other night, one in one decade and the other in the next? That's pretty cool!

    Thanks, Dawn! And good for you!