December 31st, 2010


Friday Five

For the record, if 2010 were a person standing in front of me I would square my shoulders and say, “Don’t let the door hit’ya where the good Lord split’ya.”  Then I'd slam the door in its face.  Yes, I did have some GREAT moments. So in the tradition of Friday Five, I give you the Top Four moments of 2010 (in no particular order).


Every moment I hung out with J.P. and Alli.  It is one thing to think your friend will make a great mom, and it is AMAZING to see that you’re right.  And Alli is walking and waving and exploring and talking.


Seeing Twilight Saga: Eclipse and Harry Potter: Deathly Hallows with friends who think nothing of getting up at 3 am to buy tickets for a movie.


The two days I got offered jobs: teaching and the nonprofit agency. Those jobs have helped me stay afloat this year. Each came at the right time.


The day I decided I would continue to write.  And because of that decision, I met some great writer friends and wrote some...uh..interesting stories.

The teaser…this was hard. I didn’t have much time for editing this week. And when I did have time, I insisted on returning to previous changes.  I revised 20 new pages, and about 30 old pages.  The teaser . . .


“Thank you for helping me.” He leads me to the front door; his stride is relaxed, confident. “I’ll see you in class tomorrow.”

“Yes, tomorrow.” I pause, shift my weight.  “Caden, I  . . .” Am a liar. My mouth can’t form the words; my brain is wrestling with my heart. I see hope flash in his eyes as he waits for me to continue.  Caden is the boy dads welcome into the home and moms make homemade cookies for. Caden is the boy I should like. Unfortunately, he has one glaring flaw: he likes me.  Surely he feels me holding him at arms length.  Doesn’t he wonder why?  Where is his sense of self-preservation?  “I want to see you in class tomorrow with your work done.”


Hugs and Encouragement . . . And I’ll talk to you NEXT YEAR!