As we come to the end of 2010, I find I have so many reasons to be grateful. The most important reason is that my family and friends are well, and those that are working are still in employment. I don't think I could find anything else more important than knowing they are all safe and happy.
But 2010 has also been an amazing year for my writing dreams. Here is my top five, in chronological order:
1. In March my short story, Second Chances, was published in the 100 Stories for Haiti anthology. It was my first anthology publication and, since then, I've had 20 stories published and accepted into 17 anthologies. I would like to thank the following editors, who without their belief in my writing, I would not have been published:
Greg McQueen for 100 Stories for Haiti.
Jessy Marie Roberts at Pill Hill Press.
Chris Bartholomew at Static Movement.
Robert McEvily at Six Sentences.
2. In May I started my first blog and it has been one of the most satisfying elements of 2010. I never dreamt I could find so much fun and enjoyment, not to mention meeting new, I hope, lifelong friends. To all the bloggers who have stopped by and helped to motivate and inspire me to continue writing, I thank you. I would like to mention a few bloggers in particular, who really have shown themselves to be caring individuals:
Madeleine at Scribble and Edit.
Old Kitty at Ten lives and second chances.
Jeremy at iZombie.
Dominic de Mattos at Writes of Passage.
To all my readers and those I follow; if I haven't stopped by your blog enough this year, I apologise. I will try to do better in 2011.
3. In July I attended my first film convention and met my childhood idol, William Shatner. Who am I kidding? I still idolise him at 38 years of age. Strictly speaking, this is not a writing dream. However, I'm a sci-fi kind of gal!
4. In September I earned my first money as a writer, when Yours published my short story, Counting the Pennies. Even though I have since decided I do not want to write fiction for magazines, I am still proud that I achieved one of my 2010 writing goals.
5. In November I completed NaNoWriMo and in the process wrote 50,000 words of my sci-fi novel, Dreaming of Sleep. My 2011 goal is to complete it and get it to a standard fit for submission.
There are so many more, but if I attempted to list them all this blog post would take too long to read. All that is left now is to wish everyone a Happy New Year. And as Spock would say, 'Live long and Prosper'.