Friday, January 3, 2014

Celebrate the Small Things - New Year edition


It's the first Friday of 2014!  This calls for a celebration!

This is the last Friday of my holiday break, and I have mixed feelings.  On the one hand, I am eager to get back to work and start a new semester.  It will be nice to see my co-workers again and catch up on how they spent their holidays.  I'm also excited to get a new batch of students, and to start back in the classroom.

My latest: metallic silver and rose
scarf-in-progress
On the other hand, I've really enjoyed my break.  I've gotten a fair bit of writing done-I finished a short story and sent it to my agent, and I've made good progress on Book 3.  I've also had a really nice time hanging out with friends and family, working on jigsaw puzzles, crochet projects, and my under-construction house.  And let's not forget all the books I finally had time to read!

So I'm torn.  I'm incredibly lucky in that I love my job, but it does cut into my social life, know what I mean? ;-)

In the meantime, I'm going to celebrate by taking a writing day with some friends.  They're coming over to my place today, and we're going to write all day.  It'll be my last marathon writing session until spring break, and I intend to make the most of it!

How was your week?  What are you celebrating today?

If you've been reading my blog, you know that Fridays are reserved for a post where I celebrate the little things that have happened during the week.  This is a blog hop hosted by VikLit, and it's one of my favorite blogging things to do.  I encourage you to check out her blog and the full list of participants, because who doesn't love reading about good things?

23 comments:

  1. Lara, sounds like you're on a roll for the new year.

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  2. Wahoo! It sounds like you've had an epic break. I've been enjoying the break too--editing 1/2 my sequel and working toward the paper release of debut. They tell you to enjoy your pre-published years, and whew! They were right. =)

    Here's to the best 2014!

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    1. Yay! Don't you just love the feeling of accomplishment that comes from being productive? :)

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  3. I love the idea of a marathon writing session with friends. Enjoy it!

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  4. Vacations are one of the best things about being a teacher. Glad you enjoyed yours.

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    1. Thanks, Nana! Hope you had a nice break as well :)

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  5. I hope you get a lot done on your writing day and that your new semester goes smoothly! :)

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    1. Thanks, Lexa! Have a great weekend! :)

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  6. Yay for writing with friends. I get so much accomplished and have so much fun when I do that! :)

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    1. Me too! They really help keep me on track :)

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  7. Fantastic writing plans! A day to write with friends, love it!
    Great accomplishments as well, it sounds like a great and productive holiday. Best of luck in the new semester, hope your students make it a fun one ;)

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    1. Thanks, S.K.! I hope you had a good weekend! :)

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  8. How lovely to have a writing day with friends!

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  9. It's hard to juggle work with a writing dream, but doable. Stay the course. You'll get there!!

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    1. Thanks, Sharon! I appreciate the vote of confidence :)

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  10. Marathon writing session with friends? That sounds wonderful. I've NEVER had that experience. Well, I don't really have any writerly buddies (besides my online ones...)

    I've been really slack with the Celebrate The Small Things posts... *sighs*

    Wishing you a happy, peaceful and productive 2104, Lara!
    Take care.
    Writer In Transit

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    1. Thanks, Michelle! Maybe we could organize an online marathon session so everyone can participate? It's worth a shot...

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  11. Marathon writing days over your break! You've been far more productive than I and you deserve mad praise for that. Go you!

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    1. Thanks, Bev! Hope you had a good weekend :)

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  12. Sounds like you did a lot! I wish I had more time for those things, but yea, day job and salary are necessary... Ooh, you crochet! I'm trying to learn. I'm a knitter :-)

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