Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Taking Stock

This post has been a long time in coming. (I'm sure we'll all be sad to see Harry's face leave the masthead, but it must be done.)

In the past few months, so much has happened in my life--weddings, birthdays, a funeral, and travel travel travel--that every time I come here to write about it, there's too much to share. I don't know where to start.

There was the amazing trip to Greece in September (Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete. Le sigh.). My grandma's sudden and unexpected passing. A best friend's 30th birthday spent in a treehouse hotel. A January luau-themed surprise party in celebration of my mom's 50th. My darling niece's 1st birthday. My father-in-law's re-marriage, as well as a best friend's wedding. When you put it all together, I spent over seven weeks away from home in the last eight months. (Don't get me started on the nine-hour drive home. Ugh.)

And on top of all that, I fell off the blogwagon last summer when I suffered the worst migraine period of my life--having migraines three weeks out of every month from about May to September.

I began this blog to reach out to other writers and to talk about my own writing journey, but with my current focus on finding an agent (and my reluctance to discuss that publicly on the interwebs) I'm finding it hard to think about anything else. (Suffice it to say, it has been both encouraging and discouraging all in one, and I've never checked my email more!)

The reason all this has been on my mind? This is the last week of my twenties(!), and I feel I ought to take stock of my life to date. There are so many things I'm proud to have done in my twenties--finishing college (and more recently, paying it off), writing (and rewriting and rewriting) my novel, running a marathon, skydiving, training my cute puppy into a (mostly) well-behaved dog, traveling abroad alone, getting a tattoo--but there is so much more I want to do and accomplish in the next decade. I'm starting off my thirties with another adventure--friends and family are joining me on a bike ride across the Golden Gate Bridge, something I've wanted to do since we moved here seven years ago. I'm also working my butt off toward my biggest goal--making my novel the best it can be (even if that means more revision) and securing an agent. And this summer, husband and I will celebrate our 10th anniversary (yes, we married young) and commemorate it with a return to England, my favorite place to travel.

So in sum, hello again. (*waves*) I will try to check in more frequently with what's certain to be an interesting year. Oh, and HUZZAH to 30!


Karen said...

I can totally relate to that feeling of not being able to focus on anything else, and constantly checking emails!

Sounds like your twenties have been amazing - here's hoping for more of the same in the coming decade :o)

Rebecca said...

You've certainly achieved a lot in your twenties - wow!

Good luck with the agent hunt. I know exactly how it can be both encouraging and discouraging at once.


Kristen @ said...

You are amazing and I love you TONS! Your thirties will be awesome. :-) Hugs!

Angie said...

Karen, it's maddening, isn't it? Congrats on your agent and book deal, btw. That's so exciting!

Thank you, I'm excited for the new adventure. :)

Rebecca, ah, thanks. It doesn't always feel that way, so I find it helpful to take stock.

It's a confusing rollercoaster of a ride, isn't it? Fingers crossed for this next phase.

Kris, thanks sweetie! Thanks for joining in on the birthday fun and making it so special. xx

Alisia Leavitt said...

Hi Angie! Its been a really long time since we've chatted! I've finished my book and started trying to get an agent. I hope your search is coming along. Best of luck to you!