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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Another Year Begins

2014 was a year of milestones for me, good, bad and just different. It was a very slow year for writing, but that's partially because life got in the way. So here are a few of the highlights:
  • It was a year for conventions: I attended, spoke and signed at 6: ConFusion, Pandoracon, DetCon1, Romantic Times Booklovers Convention (loved New Orleans!) Steamtopia and Steampunk Empire Symposium. Whew!
  • I published my 50th (and my 49th, 51st and 52nd) pieces of fiction, including my 19th full-length novel, Sea Change.
  • Steam and Sorcery FINALLY released in print.
  • We welcomed new daughter-in-law Krista into the family and had a fantastic wedding with family and friends.
  • Our extended family  moved to a lovely little house built in 1870, just a couple blocks from my office space in downtown Howell.
  • Celebrated my Father's 90th birthday at a picnic filled with family and friends.
  • Celebrated my granddaughter Percy's second.
  • Made new friends and reconnected with a few we hadn't seen in a while. Met my cousin Cliff Spencer for the first time and saw some others for the first time in a while.
So what are my resolutions? I never make those, it's like asking to jinx yourself. But every year, I do make something of a to-do list, and each year I add an item. So here are my 15 to-do's for 2015:
  1. Make at least one new friend
  2. Reconnect with at least one old friend
  3. Go somewhere I've never been
  4. Revisit somewhere I haven't been in a long time
  5. Try at least one new food type
  6. Learn at least one new skill
  7. Attempt at least one new physical activity
  8. Write at least one story that is outside my comfort zone
  9. Listen to at least one new musical group
  10. Find at least one new way to help others
  11. Take care of at least one health issue I've been ignoring. (These are little things, folks, not stuff to worry about, like that annoying callus on my big toe or getting new glasses! I promise, I'm in overall good shape!)
  12. Try at least one fashion I didn't think I could wear
  13. Do at least one thing I don't want to do, but my husband does
  14. Submit to at least one new publisher
  15. Read at least one new author
I think these are pretty do-able goals. So far, since I started this in 2005, I've pulled most of them off. We'll see how this year goes!


Cara Marsi said...

Cindy, sounds like you had a great year in 2014. I love your list for 2015. I may steal some of your to-do's. Happy New Year!

jean hart stewart said...

Wow, how did you fit that all in? I'm impressed...May 2015 be just as rewarding for you.

Rose Anderson said...

Great goals! I hope you meet each and every one. :) Best luck in 2015.

Melissa Keir said...

You had quite a 2014! I also was fortunate to meet you face to face at the downtown Howell booksigning. It was a blast!

I like your list for 2015. They are wonderful ways to improve your life. I wish you a wonderful year!

Cindy Spencer Pape said...

Thanks, everyone!

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