year of the dragon

all right, it’s nearly time to usher out the year of the rabbit. i’m a rabbit, and 2011 was an absolutely fantastic year for me in terms of writing goals. but 2012 is year of the dragon, the most powerful, luckiest sign in the chinese zodiac. dragons are ambitious, determined, full of passion for what they do. they love being independent and make great leaders. it’s all about energy, and forging a path instead of following. dragons also have bad tempers, so knowing when to pull back is important.

see how all this totally works for being a writer, too?

you have to be ambitious to want to write a book. nothing but determined if you are serious about finishing it. wholehearted passion to drive you. writing often means being alone for hours at a time, so you have to be independent enough to handle the solitude. learn to look for signs of burn out so you can take a breather. and just taking that first step towards publication is lighting that fire beneath your butt. to get out there and make your way.

i’m a bit torn, myself. sad to say goodbye to a year in which i realized not only was it all possible, but it was actually going to happen. so very excited to say hello to one that’s going to bring me that much closer to holding my book in my hands.

either way, i expect 2012 to be fun and memorable and a GREAT year. hope it’s the same for all of you out there! now go eat some dim sum to properly ring it in.

also, winners for our group blog launch have been announced. so if you entered, stop by at friday the thirteeners and see how you made out! don’t forget to check out the first dare, carried out by fellow (and fearless) ya author natalie whipple!

random: watching (500) days of summer, listening to gym class heroes feat. neon hitch’s ass back home, coldplay feat. rihanna’s princess of china, fun. feat. janelle monae’s we are young, reading stephen king’s 11/22/63, maggie stiefvater’s the scorpio races.

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2 thoughts on “year of the dragon

  1. Linda C. says:

    Congrats on being closer to publication–Chelsea has just been raving about DUALED!

  2. Hi Linda!

    Thank you SO much! Chelsea’s the best editor I could have ever asked for :) One year to go!

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