I Have a Good Feeling about 2014

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Note: I understand that just a few hours ago I posted about how depression has stolen into my life this very day.  Below is a post I wrote weeks ago, and I’m still going to let it go live because I know that what I’m feeling with depression is a lie and what the post says below is true.  I’d still appreciate your prayers.

I am so excited for 2014!

One year ago I wrote an honest post about how different my life was than what I thought it would be.  I jabbered on a lot about wanting to be in a relationship, but I also mentioned that I wished I had an advanced degree and that people wanted to read what I wrote.

So, 2013 unrolled itself in interesting ways.  I’m still drastically single (I don’t even see the tiny silhouette of a man on the distant horizon, waving my way), but 2013 saw my writing career finally take off with winning the Katherine Paterson Prize and then securing a two-book deal with Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins.  I applied to Vermont College of Fine Arts and was admitted, but my editor said I already knew how to write a book, so I am going to cancel my admission there.

(A part of me is a little sad about this.  I think I’ll always wish I was a VCFA alumnus.)

(Most of me, however, is thrilled that I can focus on writing a book instead of doing homework.)

All that said, it’s an interesting precipice to stand on– here, this edge of 2013, staring off into the uncharted lands of 2014.  2014 is an unwritten story, and those always make me nervous– and excited.

2 thoughts on “I Have a Good Feeling about 2014

  1. Jackie, I thought I had left a comment for you here, but I guess I didn’t. Just wanted you to know that i hope 2014 will be a wonderful year for you. So many exciting things are going on for you, and I’m so happy for you!

  2. I can really identify with this and OCD symptoms. They pop up out of nowhere sometimes, and they really try to work their way in when I am excited and about to do something I have been looking forward to. STUPID DISEASE!!! Praise The Lord these periods are now short lived thx to cbt and meds. Happy 2014!!! Thx for being an encouragement. It helps to hear that others have bad days too!! IT’S A LIE!!!

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