What a difference a year makes!

As Christmas approaches, and I finish wrapping presents, baking cookies, and trying to make sure that everything that needs to be done is done, I also find myself contemplating all the changes the last year has brought.

At this time last year, I had made the decision, but not yet actively begun, to homeschool my two kids. I was still writing for Examiner.com and Yahoo! Voices, and constantly scrambling for other, better paying writing gigs. I was working on a few different story ideas, none of which seemed to be really going anywhere.

Since that time a year ago, I’ve stopped writing for Examiner.com and Yahoo! Voices (though you can still find my old work there, if you’re interested in reading it!), published two novels and a volume of poetry, completed the first draft of a third novel and begun the first draft of a fourth. I’ve been homeschooling my kids since January and seen a drastic difference in their knowledge, their willingness to learn, their behavior, their thought patterns, and so much more.

After the new year begins, I’ll be editing that third novel, eventually finishing the first draft of the fourth and then editing it as well. Both will be published next year, at some point, and after that…who knows? That’s what I love about a new year: it’s so fresh, and blank, and anything can happen.

I did some writing today, but beginning tomorrow, I’m taking a few days off. At least through Christmas, I will be relaxing with my family. Baking, wrapping, watching Christmas movies, catching up on some reading, things like that will take up my time. After Christmas, I’ll get back to work, just as hard as ever.

I hope your year has brought good changes to your life, and that your Christmas is a wonderful day with those you love.

Merry Christmas!