Share Your Successes and Disappontments

If you read last week’s post about the kind of year I’ve had, you know it’s been a wild ride.

What has your year been like? What successes have you had? Any disappointments?

Since it’s the end of the year, share in the comments your achievements and what you hope to accomplish next year so we can rejoice with you and cheer each other on.

I’m taking the rest of year off, and starting January I’ll only be posting 3 times per month. If you have questions or topics you’d like me to cover, feel free to post those in the comments as well.

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  1. 2017 started out on a positive note. I felt I was learning and growing in the fiction writing process, but in the last several months I’ve begun to wonder if fiction writing is the right direction for me. It is an unsettling place to be. I know I won’t give up writing, I’ve done it since I was a child. But at this point in my life I don’t seem able to put the focus and dedication into it that is needed. In my job I write, so maybe that is to be the extent of it. I’m trusting the Lord in it all. I am excited at some change and growth in my relationship with Him, and that always takes priority and maybe that is the next step toward growth in my writing.

    • Vicki, what you learned in the fiction writing process can be applied to nonfiction as well. So it isn’t wasted learning. I understand being in an unsettled place. I’m going through some of that right now. But I am seeking the Lord’s direction in it all because being in His will on His path is the best place to be. Don’t settle for “in my job I write.” Your dis-ease about that is an answer in itself. God has placed a desire in your for more than that. Perhaps right now He has a nonfiction for you to write; that doesn’t mean that farther down the road there won’t be a fiction. I pray 2018 will be a breakthrough year for you.

  2. I’ve had a busy 2017 year with my first Destiny book series, Swept into Destiny, hitting the shelves in May. Now my second book, Into Destiny’s Whirlwind is coming out in April, 2018. I also was blessed with a beautiful new granddaughter in December. Wow! just where did 2017 go? Sadly, all was not happy news with my faithful companion Dixie, my lab, dying tragically. Life’s battles can beat you down, but Christ Jesus can lift you back up!

    • Congratulations on your Destiny series! and on the birth of your granddaughter. You worked hard to birth those books. At least with your granddaughter all you have to do is enjoy and love her! 🙂 Life has its twists and turns, its joys and pains, but like you said, Jesus is there to watch over us and lift us up when we need it.

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