"Everybody has a secret world inside of them. All of the people of the world, I mean everybody. No matter how dull and boring they are on the outside, inside them they've all got unimaginable, magnificent, wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds. Not just one world. Hundreds of them. Thousands maybe" ~ Neil Gaiman (A Game of You)


It's A Wonderful Year

Let's end the year with a look back at some of the best moments of 2010:

Best book I read: Hands down, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. The characters, the imagery, Death as narrator -- everything about this book delighted me and inspired me as a writer. It haunted me for days after I read it. I hold it up as the holy grail of writing, a greatness that I can only hope to achieve someday.

Best writer's retreat: OK, I only went on one, but it was wonderful. I think I'm going to have to make it a yearly tradition.

Best new writing friends: I've had a great time getting to know Cathryn Grant at Suburban Noir and Carrie Dair at Come On...I Dair You. Wonderful, encouraging, fun people to get to know. I can't wait to get my hands on Cathryn's soon-to-be-released book, The Demise of the Soccer Moms.

Best online writing tool: Write or Die by Dr. Wicked. Perfect for writing rough drafts, it is just what I need to break through the panic of perfectionism and just write.

Best book on writing: The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron. Although not intended just for writers, it introduced me to my muse and helped me see the joy in creativity.

Best gift for a writer: My new Kindle! Bah! I love it, and I love having access to all those classics FOR FREE! I'm currently reading The Phantom of the Opera, and I'll be reading The Island of Dr. Moreau next, and after that, I've got The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, and then... well, you get the picture.

Best scientific breakthrough: The Whittemore Peterson Institute found a link between a new retrovirus, XMRV, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Say what? It's not all in my head?

Best health breakthrough: Finding out that I am, indeed, XMRV positive, and that new treatment options are now available to me. The New Year is suddenly looking a lot brighter!

I hope your 2010 was a wonderful year, and that 2011 promises to be even better!


Cathryn Grant said...

Thanks Shelli, it's been great getting to know you this year! I always look forward to your flash fiction and hope I'll be seeing more in 2011.

My novel is available a bit early, as my testing went well! It's on Amazon and Smashwords.

Shelli said...

Thank you, and you're welcome! I'm hoping 2011 is a break-through year for me and my writing. Stay tuned!

And yay! Time to visit Amazon!

Renee said...

This is great to read, Shelli...I will need to check out some of the sites you mentioned.

dominique said...

I love the write or die website! Thanks for that. I would love to go to a writing conference. Never seems to work out though.

You know. I think you are right. 2011 is going to be a much better year1

Happy New Year to you Shelli!

Shelli said...

Thank you both, Renee and Dominique!

Anonymous said...

Loved getting to know you as well Shelli!!! You have been such an inspiration to me this year. Everyone writer needs a friend like you! Hope this New Year is indeed a healthy and progressive one for you. Love ya!