Wednesday, December 31, 2008

My top 10 favorite writerly things of 2008

What makes all the seasonal CrAzInEsS worth it? Being able to get 3 active girls to hug, smile and look at the camera at the same time. (trust me! It's a Christmas miracle!)

Hot cocoa and new jamies and robes on Christmas eve.

Catching the joy of my 5 year old while she was in mid-run before the wrapping paper was off her gift and she was yelling "Spongebob! It's a Spongebob game!" As if she had just won a billion dollar lottery.

Catching my 7 year old in mid-jump so that I cut off half of her face from the excitement over her gift.

There was also an nerf gun fight that was wholly satisfying. And don't even get me started on warmed mulled cider and blueberry pie. It was a day of fun, relaxing and family. That's why I collapsed into bed every night feeling like my back was going to break in the month of December. That's why I didn't get any writing done. And that's why I'll do it all again next year.

And now, since it's the last day of 2008, I am going to post my top 10 favorite writerly things of 2008. (Insert "We Will Rock You" melody here)

10) Having my article on the Statue of Liberty published in an e-zine. (I'd post a link, but it's not available for viewing anymore. :0(
9) Re-doing the guest-bedroom so that it doubles as my writing space.
8) Reading a gob of great books
7) The SCBWI Schmooze, hosted by my critique group where Newberry Winner, Frances O'Roark Dowell was the guest speaker.
6) The SCBWI CArolina's Annual Conference
5) having a weeks worth of devotions published in the Good News Daily Devotional Guide. (also available online.)
4) Getting to know and interview some of my favorite authors such as
Kathleen Duey
and Tina Ferraro.
3) Attending the Chapel Hill retreat
2) My critique with editor Martha Mihalik from Greenwillow. Wow! What great insight and advice.
1) My critique with editor Krista Marino, Delecorte. Her advice transformed my entire MS.

Hey wait!!!! I didn't get to mention how I luv, luv, luv, getting to know my blogging friends. The ones who frequent my blog and the blogs I like to visit! Jacqui, Rena, Brenda, PJ, Kate, Kelly, Susan, Bish, Adrienne, Stephanie, Ian, Janelle, Kathy, Tabitha, Angela, Kim. . . Heck! (pardon my language) all the people listed under my 'Cool blog" section on my sidebar. I also luv, luv, luv, the people who take time to leave a comment. I luv, luv, luv and even LOVE comments from anybody and everybody. (even dear mom has left a comment or 2 thanks ma!)

OK. So, this makes my top 11 favorites. I've always been a little off the "norm" anyway. Just par for the course. And I like it. :0P

I'm looking forward to what 2009 has in store. hmmmmm . . . . maybe that will be the topic for my next post.


Rena said...

Love this post! Your girls are absolutely adorable. Love how you said she ran off like she had won a billion dollar lottery. Too cute!

Happy New Year!

TinaFerraro said...

Why, thank you, Christy, I have enjoyed and valued our new friendship, too! =) Here's a successful 2009 to us both!

C.R. Evers said...

Thanks Rena! Happy New Year!

Thanks Tina! You've been a great friend! I wish you continued success in 2009! I can't wait unti the ABC' of Kissing Boys comes out on the 13th! YaY! What a way to start out the new year! :0)

Kim Kasch said...

Love those pics!

And we all love LOVE you!

Happy New Year!!!

kathleen duey said...

Christy, you are a bright light. I wish you all good things in 2009!!!


C.R. Evers said...

Blogger C.R. Evers said...

Kim, YOu are so sweet! Love you too!

Kathleen, I can't tell you how much your words mean to me. Kind words are a balm to my soul!

One thing I'm looking forward to in 2009: the release of Sacred Scars.

Bish Denham said...

Absolutely LOVE the pictures of your girls! And I'm honored to be included among your blog friends.

Here's to a fabulous 2009, Christy!

Carrie Harris said...

What adorable girls. Best wishes for an equally (or even more) fabulous new year.

Ian Sands said...

Wow, you are so perky this post. I'm gong back to bed. grumble, grumble...

PJ Hoover said...

I loved getting to know you, too!

adrienne said...

Adorable photos!
So glad you had a great holiday. I've missed you and all my blogging buddies.

Happy New Year!

kit said...

Love it Christy
and such beautiful girls-
Happy New Year,

Kelly said...

Happy New Year, Christy! So glad to have gotten to know you better on your blog this year. Love the pictures of your girls! The best thing about the holidays is seeing the kids anticipation and excitement. Here's to a great 2009!

Nora MacFarlane said...

Christy, your girls are so cute! Happy New Year!

Colorado Writer said...

Adorable little ones. Thanks for being my cyber friend! HUGS and Happy New Year!!!

C.R. Evers said...

Thanks Bish and Carrie!!! 2009 wishes back atcha!

Ian. . . good to see you are your usual fun self. ;0D

Thanks PJ! Your book is at the top of my list of books to be read this year!

Hey Adrienne! Good to see you! :0)

AWwww. . . Kit! Thanks for stopping by!!! Great to see you on my little side of Blogland! :0)

Kelly, I agree, if it weren't for the kids, it wouldn't be worth the fuss!

Thanks Nora! So glad you stopped by! Hope your 2009 is magnificent!

Hey Steph! Thanks for stopping by! When I started blogging, I never anticipated the friendships! luv it! Much luch and success in 2009 to you!

Jacqui said...

The luv is mutual.