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Thursday, January 13, 2011

In with the new, out with the old.

Another year's behind us and a new one stretches out in infinite possibility before us. I don't believe in resolutions, so I'm not going to talk about those. 
2010 was a pretty damn good year, personally and professionally.On the home front, I celebrated my 25th wedding anniversary, my youngest finished high school and turned 18, so I no longer have minors in the house, AND I have a great office corner in our new family room. 
On a professional level, I sold my 40th manuscript (and several others). I finaled in both the EPIC awards (Yuletide Enchantment for best fantasy erotic romance) and the CAPA awards (favorite erotic romance author, Motor City Fae for best paranormal romance, and Awakening Augusta for best historical erotic romance.) Stay tuned in 2011 for results on those.

Incidentally, Eagle's Redemption is up for best western romance of 2010 at Siren Book Reviews, so if you'd like to vote on that, here's the link. They have prizes for random voters.
I was a launch author for Carina Press, and I signed with an agent. Altogether, not bad at all. 
So where to go from here in 2011? I've never been one to make resolutions, but that doesn't mean I don't have goals. Of course, I'm hoping to continue the weight loss, maybe boosted by getting back to the pool on a regular basis. I'm hoping both my boys will do okay in their college careers (and maybe get jobs).
I'd really like to sell a book to a mainstream print publisher.And no, winning one of those awards wouldn't break my heart, though I'm certainly not going to hold my breath.
So what else is on my list for 2011? Well, I have four books scheduled so far: 3 with Carina Press and one with Ellora's Cave. I'm attending my first Science Fiction conference this month, and hopefully a Steampunk one in the spring, both here in the Detroit area. I have a couple of library events scheduled, which should also be fun. 
I'd like to write at least one book outside my usual comfort level--though I'm not sure exactly what. 
And now that the kids are older, I'd like to do more fun stuff with my husband, maybe even travel a little. 

Mostly it's the same thing I always aim for: to enjoy every day to the best of my ability. Life's short. Laugh whenever you can. 
Wishing everyone a happy, healthy, and productive 2010. 


Tina Donahue said...

Congrats on such a great year, Cindy!! May this one be even better for you. :)

Katalina Leon said...

Cindy this is an inspiring list of achievements and wonderful goals. I hope 2011 exceeds all your highest expectations.

Cindy Spencer Pape said...

Thanks, Tina and Kat! It's been an exciting ride over the last few years. Can't wait to see what this year brings.

Paris said...

What a fabulous year! I'm so glad we have many more of your books to look forward to:-) May 2011 bring you all you wish!

Amber Skyze said...

You rocked 2010. Can't wait to see what you do in 2011

jean hart stewart said...

A fantastic year of achievements for you. May the new year be even better! (if possible) Jean

Fran Lee said...

Keeping moving onward and upward. Maybe I'll catch your coattails as you go flying up!

Cindy Spencer Pape said...

Paris, Amber, Jean, and Fran, thank you! Your friendship has been a big part of what made the last year great.

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