- I published 22 articles in Tompkins Weekly.
- I published three articles in commercial magazines, and have assignments for two more.
- I sold an article to Highlights for Children.
- I received quite a few rejections (it might take a while to add them up).
- I applied and got accepted into Chatham University’s Creative Writing MFA program.
- I passed one ten-day summer residency, and completed one semester toward the degree—for which I received an A.
- I continued to enjoy my work as Blog Editor of Literary Mama, for which I have been the primary editor during the past few months. I published twelve writing prompts and personal narratives on the Literary Mama blog, in addition to posting news and compilations, and editing submissions.
- I posted regularly here on my blog- Haiku, book reviews, and thoughts on balancing writing and home life.
- I regularly met with my local critique group to share my work, and offer thoughts on their work. I worked with one online critique group for several months early in the year, and formed a new online nature-writing critique group at the end of the year.
- I got married! To my sweetheart of the past ten years. After all this time of living and loving and making our way through life together, we made it official in a sweet, private, wintry ceremony next to a waterfall.
- I took my son to the Adirondacks for primitive camping for the first time. We climbed four mountains and had great fun.
- I traveled to Wisconsin to be in my cousin’s wedding, which was a glorious, brilliant event that I was so honored to be a part of.
- I visited my Great Aunt of 101 years to complete our genealogy discussions and to collect the last bits of family history memorabilia.
- I emotionally supported my husband through his repeated heart health problems, and did my best to remain calm and sane during the scary times.
Art, Nature, Health:
- I continued to remain emotionally stable in my mental health.
- I continued to be the steward of Little Free Library #4094: monitoring it, stocking it with books, and promoting literacy in our neighborhood.
- I took myself on artist dates, both in my literal backyard—where I found ice, snails, greenery, and so much more—as well as in the greater backyard of my town and region, including museums and walking tours.
- I walked! As much as I could around the meadows and woods near home, and on many hiking trails all over Ithaca.
- I assisted with my son’s Trout in the Classroom program at his school, and acquired funding and assistance for a scientific illustrator to work with the kids for an art component during the year-long program.
- I completed knitting a purple-green wool blanket for the family of a departed friend; my white-silver wedding top; cupcake hats for two new babies and a baby blanket for another; wedding gift of hand towels, wash cloths and soap sock for my cousin and her husband. I continued work on my wedding skirt, and a literary satchel.
I haven't made a list of goals for 2015 yet. But if this year is anything like last year, it will be a doozy! Happy New Year!