(or, Another Year, Another Chance to Achieve the Impossible)
Greetings, all! It seems I’ve suffered something more of a hiatus than I’d anticipated, but I’m back, New Year’s resolutions and all. First off, exciting news – I have once again faced the oft-indomitable challenge of NaNoWriMo and emerged the victor! November’s project saw the start of a novel in which a young woman born with a special gift condemned as a curse by the society in which she lives struggles to establish her sense of identity and morality, discovering the potential within all people for both great good and great evil. I may see this project through to its end this year, but my primary goal is to return to the story that has consumed much of my time these past few years and finally get a complete, edited draft I can usher out the door into the greater world beyond like a kindergartner off to her first day of school, blossoming with hope and promise. Will she flourish into some brilliant beauty, top of her class and good at everything she does? Will she muddle through just fine, making no great name for herself but basking in the warmth of her closest friendships? Will she … drop out and start slumming it with the twenty-something from downtown with the skull tattoos and a nickname that’s some breed of canine, coming home only long enough to blast me with obscenities and steal my debit card? Only time will tell.
That said, with the new year comes little change. I’m still writing, still working, still grappling with the metaphysical crossroads of my existence … still playing Skyrim, for crying out loud. But there are new hopes and dreams and possibilities and best-laid plans to put to the test. Here’s to 2014, everyone! May we all find joy in some little way.