Taking stock, and looking ahead

Some people celebrate Hanukkah. Some people celebrate Christmas. In my household, we do both. Which is great — there are never any issues over which side of the family gets to host what holiday, for one thing — but it also means twice the preparations, twice the traveling and/or cooking, twice the patient explanations to the children that yes, the day means something more than them getting new toys … also, twice the unhealthy holiday food. Latkes aren’t good for you, and neither is yule log (meaning the cake, of course; I don’t have a calorie count on the actual log), but I’m completely unable to say no to either one.

Incidentally: Latkes are to be eaten with applesauce, or if you absolutely insist, sour cream. They are never to be eaten with ketchup. They are not tater tots.

So now that the holidays have (almost) passed us by and things have (almost) settled down, I can get back into a routine.

It’s been a good year, writing-wise. I’ve raced through a bunch of picture book manuscripts, earning bragging rights on Julie Hedlund’s 12 x 12 Picture Book Writing Challenge, and have a clutch of ideas waiting in the wings, thanks to Tara Lazar’s Picture Book Idea Month. I’ve made headway on a novel. I’ve gotten good feedback from a few kind agents and editors, and am revising with that feedback in mind. I’m going to carry this momentum into the new year, and who knows where I’ll go?

So a Happy New Year to all, and may we all achieve exactly what we want to achieve in 2015.

I don’t have any resolutions per se — except for “keep on keeping on” — but if you’ve got any you’d like to share, I’d love to hear them.

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