What a wild year it’s been. A day spent looking at posts from Murderati 2007 yields too much: manuscripts completed, books published, awards, nominations, struggles, strikes, births and deaths. At times, we’ve bared our sorrows to you. At others, we’ve twittered with the laughter of success.
We’ve seen ‘Rati come and go due to work loads, family commitments and just the need to do something new. And, in our time-honored tradition, we’re welcoming two new contributors in 2008 . . .
Starting this week, Brett Battles and Zoe Sharp will enrich our world with posts on alternating Thursdays. Brett begins on January 3.
Murderati continues to amaze me. Even with as fluid as our mix can be — with ten scribes and at least that many voices — we somehow manage to have a distinct essence. Even more astounding is that we continue to build such a strong, intelligent and sharing community.
While perusing entries this last week, I’ve enjoyed reading about how we each, differently, approach the coming of a new year. The gratitude that J.T. sung on Friday is flush with newness and joy. Alex broached another facet of the writer’s life in her exploration of passion and effort, of speed and quality, the work of being a writer when life isn’t all starry eyes and rosy cheeks. And, then, Toni asked us what risks we planned to take in the new year.
I wondered what I could add to this end-of-the-year conversation . . .
Unlike some of the ‘Rati, I love making resolutions — even if they aren’t met. I don’t feel a failure for only writing 1 and 1/3 manuscripts instead of three. It’s all right that my new series isn’t the one I thought I was going to write last December 31. Sure, I missed goals, but this has been a good year, one of professional and personal (yeah, weight loss is on my list again) growth.
For some reason, I’m NOT beating myself up. As a matter of fact, I’m feeling incredibly optimistic. Who knows where this new road will take me? Maybe it’s the advent of my new book hitting the world in January, that goofy sense of anything-can-happen that we feel before the reviews start coming in. Perhaps it’s that we’ve passed the Winter Solstice and the days are getting longer again. I don’t know.
And guess what? I don’t care. I’m not interested in analyzing it today.
What I want to read in the comments on this last day of 2007 is simple: tell us about some of your victories, your accomplishments in the last year. Share a happy something you’ve planned for 2008.
Let’s bid 2007 farewell with joy.
To all of you, every single person who makes Murderati the pleasure that it is . . .
To everyone who
struggles with the Muse
tells friends about books and short stories
supports creativity in any way . . .
May your 2008 be blessed with love, happiness, good health and abundant success.