Thursday, July 12, 2012

The Difference a Year Makes

A year ago we were in a terrible drought here. Last September one of the Texas wildfires got within two miles of my parents' house and they prepared to evacuate several times. The fires were widespread across several parts of the State and did extensive damage, mostly to residential areas too. Those areas are still recovering and rebuilding, but there's a lot of green that has sprung from the ashes now.

This year, we've had quite a bit of rain, especially this week. It's been raining for days, hours and inches at a time. Even now as I write this at nearly ten o'clock hour, it's pouring, and it was pouring when I woke up from a clang of thunder at 5:30. Our backyard is a lake today, and I know there are flash flood warnings all over Houston. Flooding is it's own kind of beast. I've been flooded before, when I was 11. But that's a traumatic story for another time.

Also a year ago, I was in the heart of drafting the book I'm currently in the heart of querying. Looking back and seeing how far you've come is a whole lot easier than trying to guess where you'll be a year from now (though I'd better have a whole other book written and polished a year from now, or I'm going to have to seriously step up my game!).

This past year I've met some wonderful people in the book community (bloggers, authors, even met my critique partners in person finally!), went to TLA, went to my first agent conference with said critique partners, pitched to an agent IN PERSON! I don't like to toot my own horn, but I've done some things I'm proud of this year, out of the comfort zone. What else could you ask for in a year's time? Always move forward.

This time next year, I'd love to have an agent. That's the goal (well, and it would be great to have a book deal, but you know, one wish at a time)! Anything is possible!

What has the past year brought you? Do you have ideas of where you'd like to be a year from now?


  1. One step at a time for sure! It's amazing how much there is to learn. I feel I've learned so much, but there is still a way to go. I'm testing those query waters too - they're a bit deep and scary :)

  2. You've definitely come a long way, Kristin, and I'm glad to call you one of my Book Blogging Friends. :) I hope that by this time next year you will have an agent, and that I'll be looking closely at your book for my library's collection.

    For me, at this time last year, I was a librarian 1 at a different branch in my system. Now, I'm a librarian 2 at the newest library within our system, and I'm also a great deal busier (thus the lapse in blogging). It's like the saying goes, "The only inevitability is change." :)

  3. congrats on all your achievments! I wish it would raind around here. It's been over a hundred degrees all week!

  4. I'm proud of you! I've watched you every step of the way and its inspiring to watch! Keep it up!! :)

  5. Go ahead and toot your own horn. You've accomplished a lot this past year. Way to go! I'm pulling for you to get and agent (and that contract) over the next year. =o)

    For me, I've been in a holding pattern for a while now. No great strides, no true forward movement. But I'm not moving backwards either, so that's a good thing.

  6. It's been an awesome year, hasn't it?!?

    For me, the highlight has certainly been meeting my AMAZEBALLS and fun CP's ;), and attending our first writer's conference together.

    But you know what? It's always onward. I'm VERY much looking forward to seeing what happens next for you...because it's going to be good.

  7. I would say you have every right to toot your horn! You have made amazing goals and made them. That is something to be very proud of and I think you will meet your next goal too:)

  8. Wow, isn't it great to look back and see how far we've come?
    I plan on changing things up this year and try writing some different things and stretch my writing muscles a bit.

  9. You've accomplished so much this year, Kristin! Awesome! And I'm so glad you're getting some rain this year -- although I understand about too much of a good thing. :/

    I don't have a lot of goals this year except to polish up my two Works-in-Progress and get started on something new. Of course I'd love to have a contract by next year, but I don't consider that a goal (because I can't control it), just a dream. :)

    I hope this year is awesome for you and all your dreams come true!! :D

  10. We've had lots of rain after drought and it's still raining.
    Glad you've got your writing and edits done and are at the querying stage. Blogging this past 2 years has helped me achieve some writing successes, which is great. All the best with your book.

  11. I try to think about where I might be, and it's like I'm so far off of where I thought I'd be at this time last year, but at the same time, I wouldn't change where I'm at.
    Most things didn't go my way either, lol.
    But I think when you can look around and see you're in a good place, that's always a happy thing.

  12. It's absolutely crazy to think look back on how much things can change in as short of a time as a year. It kind of amazes me. And it makes me even more excited to see what will happen in the next year! :)