Wednesday, December 29, 2010

2010 - Good Year or Bad?

As Father Time moves on, what would you like to say about 2010?

Was is a good year and you hate to see it pass?

Or was it bad and you can't wait to move on, hoping for a better year ahead?

What changes affected your life in 2010?

Perhaps a new family member? A new pet friend?  A book contract? A new job?

Was your year quiet and uneventful or full of excitement and new happenings?

Did you lose a loved one? Was the economy your enemy? Did your health suffer?

What was your favorite book of the year? Favorite movie?  Best new technology?
Please feel free to share your thoughts and opinions in the comments below.

And above all have a:




  1. It's been a tough year health wise for me, but lots of excitement too with the creation of three publishing imprints (with Laura Shinn's assistance and the help of lots of great authors). The economy definitely affected our pockets and our poor savings account is now non-existent. But, we made it through.
    I can't choose a favorite book, so will say everyone we've published this year. LOL My favorite movie was Secretariat (I'm a sucker for horses) and less expensive ereaders with color added are my favorite technological happening.

  2. Year 2010: I'll begin with the writing front. The good. I have a short story up at Smashwords. I joined a new yahoo group, RAMP, and have met a lot of new and wonderful friends. I finished a novel early in the year, took four months. I've read a lot of good novels. Now the bad. I've netted more rejections, both short stories and novels. My last accepted story was a short released in July 2009. I didn't go to a writers workshop this year because I had planned to go to RWA in Nashville, TN but the hotel got flooded and they moved the convention to Florida. I didn't want to drive down there so cancelled. That knocked me out of another workshop I usually go to.
    My favorite movie: Tron Legacy. My favorite book: Josette by Danielle Thorne, and non fiction book was Finding Amelia (Earhart) by Ric Gillespie.
    The year other than writing and reading. I still have my health, can still run albeit slower, have met lots of new running friends, got some troublesome chores done around home and continue to teach Bible classes at church. I celebrated my 48th wedding anniversary with my wife, Sue, today Dec. 29. I'll have mercy on you and stop at this point. Larry

  3. Good and bad, as usual. :)

    Had pc problems -- bad.

    Got new computer -- good.

    Hubby still not working -- bad.

    One new release -- good.

    All my books are now self-published -- good.

    I graduated to tri-focals -- bad.

    I guess, all in all, everything pretty much equals out. :)

    Congrats to you, Becca, on your new ventures. Wishing you much success. :)

    And Larry, here's hoping you get a dozen more shorts up at SW by this time next year! :)

  4. Hello, Rebecca and friends--this has been a very good year in the writing department. Why? I got five contracts for novels that were sitting in my files--all needed serious editing, which is pretty much how I spent my summer. Whew! Then I carefuly studied and selected publishers for each of them, and lo and behold, not one rejection--five contracts. Now, this is great because I now have a clean slate, writing-wise. However! I don't ever want to do that again. If you get 5 contracts at once, guess what happens? You're doing a LOT of editing on more than one thing at a time.

    Healthwise--good. Family--good.

    Best book--The Help by Kathryn Sproket, and Eventide by Kent Haruf.

    Best romance-I read less because I was editing myself silly, but I loved--the Christmas Anthologies by VTP; Linda Lael Miller's McKettrick series; Rebecca's Surviving With Love; Linda Swift's Single Status;Danielle Thorne's By Heart and By Compass-plus others I cannot remember.
    I did not read one bad book!

    For 2011--write a better book than I have so far. At least, it's a goal.

    Happy New Year to everyone! Celia

  5. Hi everyone,

    I felt like I was king of "in limbo" this year. Not just writing-wise on my big projects, but in life in general. It's been a hard year having to try to deal with my sister who is in the nursing home nearby and all of her problems and just keeping up with all of that with no help. Also very depressing, too. BUT, I have to say that we made a lot of home improvements that we are enjoying, and my husband is going to REALLY retire next month, so that will start us off on a new part of our lives that I'm looking forward to with mixed feelings. LOL We've been sick over the holidays, but thank God it's not been anything life threatening and we are on the mend. We had a great Christmas, and the kids are doing well in work and school. I bought myself a Kindle for Christmas and am really enjoying playing with it--this means I can also buy tons more new books because I don't have to store them. The best thing about this year has been writing the short stories I've gotten to contribute to VTP, and having SWEET DANGER released in October. I didn't get to do a whole lot of promotion for it, but it's gotten lots of really good reviews. I've really enjoyed writing the short stories, too-- so THANK YOU REBECCA for being instrumental in making 2010 a good year. I'm so hoping that 2011 will be even better! Oh, and one more thing that happened that was just wonderful was that my childhood friend who lived just down the street from me found me on Classmates and we are now in touch again. I'm so excited over that! We'd lost touch when we were teens and haven't spoken now for over 30 years, so this was really one of the best things that came of 2010.

  6. 2010 was the year that the novel,THE WAYS OF KHREM, and all the stories I wrote in 2009 got published. So overall I would call it a good year, writing wise.

    At the same time, my actual production dropped off in 2010 so I'm hoping to get back to being more prolific in 2011. I think I just need to rededicate myself and focus more on the writing end of things and get away from the marketing and sales. I think I'll make a resolution to only check Novelrank and Amazon DTP three times a week. That might help.

    Movie wise, I was a happy parent in 2010 with excellent animated films like Tangled, Megamind, Shrek 4, Toy Story 3, and Despicable Me to go to. Being a parent can be tough on movie buffs.

  7. Rebecca, the year was challenging in a good way. I was published in 4 anthologies this year with short stories and I had one novel release. I wrote a Steampunk and I'm a NaNoWriMo winner. My official NL followers topped 100. I'm growing - slowly, but surely, I'm growing a "fanbase." *wink.

    My son Andrew had a great year in the Cub Scouts and joined dance.

    My son, Joe, continues to show maturity. He's in a non-intensive preschool right now. His sensory issues keep me on my toes. The most frustrating thing is that the school district does not recognize Sensory Intergretion Dysfunction as a learning disability and having to explain over and over it's not autism has worn me down.

    We went to Catalina Island to celebrate the 4th of July and it was fun, though a bit misty.

    I lost my father in August and went back to NH for that. His estate is still a mess since he didn't without a will. Only time will tell how the chips fall there.

    Best movie I saw this year: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

    I read a ton of books this year. Love my Kindle. Overall it's been a fun year. No complaints.

  8. I'm kinda glad the year is going away and a new one is here. Not that I wasn't productive, I was. I wrote several short stories, finished several books, got contracts for all of them, got all my contemps up at Smashwords and they are doing great.

    Personally, it's been a year of ups and downs. Nothing really bad has happened. My grandson is headed for Afganistan and I do worry over that. He's trained for some time now and will be moving out in the spring. He might not be home this next Christmas. I miss him. My grand daughter will be performing at the Super Bowl, her dance team in college won the National Finals so got lots of recogniztion and she will be there dancing her heart out at half time which my other grandkids have told me is the biggest watched event of the year.

    But I find myself a little melancholy about everything right now. To me Christmas and New Year too is sort of a sad time, but I will get over the blues, I always do. Something sad about leaving the old year and bringing in the New.

    But it has been very productive and I'm hoping sales begin to shine for us all. I think a lot of people got e-readers for Christmas and I look for sales to take off this year.

    I wish everyone a very good year and hope your hopes and dreams come true.

    Love and blessings


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