2011 – The year of Publication

So, I suppose waking up on the first day of 2011 with a slight hangover is pretty common.

Waking up with a slight hangover after 6 hours of sleep to find a scary man in a ski mask and snow pants traipsing through your bedroom probably isn’t.

I didn’t scream. Mostly because my mouth was all that you’ve-eaten-cotton-balls-all-night-long kind of dry and my one eye was glued to my pillowcase.

And because after a few seconds of blurry eye blinking I recognized the shadowy shape of the would-be burglar/strangler/possible vampire was my husband.

After my heart started working again, I got up to find our water pump was frozen. It’s 4 degrees here with 45 mph winds. No water, no shower, no toilet.

No fun.

It took a few hours and a quilt that had to be sacrificed to thaw out the water pump, but now we have running water. It took a hot washcloth to unglue my eye but now I can see. It took a cold glass of apple juice to get the blood flowing enough that I could work out.

Welcome 2011.

And further, and much more importantly, welcome 2011 – the year of publication. My goal, when I started writing about a year and a half ago was to either be published, or be on the road to publication by my 50th birthday. I turn 49 on March 21, 2011.

This means it’s time to kick it in the rear. I need to write every day. I need to come up with cohesive plots with plenty of conflict. I need to push myself and yet concentrate.

I need to quit screwing around. =)

So welcome 2011, even if you burst into the bedroom door looking more like the bad guy from campy Batman shows. I’m gonna kick your butt.



11 Responses to “2011 – The year of Publication”

  • Hi Carrie,

    I am sorry to say your horrible New Years Morning, really made me laugh.

    We sound like we are on the same path, though. I’m very close to 50 myself and determined to at least net an agent by the time I hit 51. Which is in 14 months.

    Piece of cake, right?

    Right (LOL

  • And you will be even if I have to fly out to Iowa and kick your frozen rear 🙂 You’ve got the tools, now put the puzzle together and finish the DAMN book! 🙂 And I mean that in the nicest possible way 🙂

  • Trish…I’m glad someone got a chuckle out of it…I’m sure I’ll laugh about it too…someday. =)

    If I can do it, you can do it Trish! Let’s kick some butt!


  • Sandi…my ass is truly frozen. =) Bring steel toed boots..lol….

    And you are right, it’s putting the puzzle pieces together that frustrates me…but I’m resoluting myself (just made that up..lol) and will push onward! Wagons ho!


    Thanks for all the smilies, it really offsets the Grim Reaper look you’re giving me!


  • LOL I mean it, girlie. 🙂

  • sounds like a great opening for a novel (or at least a short story) and it was not a dream!
    Glad you’ve got all that NYD mess under control now.

    I’m with you on your NY resolution – 2011 the Year of Publication shall be!

  • Jen:

    Go forth and publish. This will be your year!

    Happy New Year!

  • Thanks Gone! Let’s see how close we can get to publication – you too Jen!


  • Linda:

    I think this will be your year, Carrie. Go get’em!!
    And keep that Batman intruder on New Years morning as an idea for the opening bit of your next story…!

  • Lol…thanks Linda…it’s defnitely an “inciting incident” for sure!

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