I was very busy with blogging this week and some deadlines fast approaching on the day job. Two meetings after school and one before made for three long days out of five. Then it was so cold most of the week until today.
But on the writing side, I felt pretty good about putting together a blog for the TBR blog kickoff week. I'll announce the winner of my giveaway later this week. Then it was the fun first Wednesday blog for The Insecure Writer Group. I met some new friends and learned how much writers have in common. I feel I should take a sick day from school the first Wednesday in February so I can visit blogs all day.
I visited a blog, forgive me but I don't remember who it was, and enjoyed her list of what she's anticipating for 2012. What a great idea. There are some things I'm looking forward to, professionally and personally.
My daughter will make her decision shortly about what college she'll be attending next year. She's an excellent student with limited only by what we can afford. It will be tough on me when she leaves and I'll miss her twenty times a day, but it will also be a bittersweet joy to watch her move forward toward the dreams she's worked so hard to make reality.
Some of my favorite TV shows will be back in 2012 like Justified, White Collar, Haven and my new love, Person of Interest. In April HBO will bring us the second season of Game of Thrones. Can't wait for that one. Add to that some movies like the next Batman movie and The Avengers. And I can't forget The Hobbit. I'll have eyes on the screen for a few hours this year.
I'm really hoping it doesn't rain so much this year. Our area of the USA had nearly twice the normal amount of rainfall this past year. I hope when warm weather arrives I'll be able to keep up with the outside chores. I usually love doing them, but with all the rain last year the weeds won.
And perhaps my biggest source of anticipation for 2012 is starting my last year of teaching. I'll be retiring at the end of the 2012-13 school year. I love teaching teenagers but there's so much bulls*** surrounding the profession today and it's only going to get worse. I'll be glad to be out of it and be, hopefully, a full time writer starting in June, 2013. I'm sure I'll write more about this in the coming 17 months.
In the book world, I know a number of my favorite authors have books coming out I'll purchase the first day they're available. I'll give shout outs when they happen and maybe some reviews.
On a slight continuation of my vow to do more promotion, I must mention that Beyond the Gate, Book #2 in my epic fantasy series, is finally available on Barnes and Noble for Nook. It's been for sale on Smashwords and Kindle for a over a week but now it's everywhere. That's a lot of places.
What are you looking forward to with great anticipation this year? Will it arrive before the world ends in December?