Let me not lose sight of what I have done in terms of writing:
--I have written 5 short stories. It's not the pace of a story every 6-8 weeks that I was hoping for, but it's close.
--I have filled more than one purple legal pad with poems--it's about average for me.
--I wrote a month of prayers for the devotion book Bread for the Day, and I wrote 6 weeks of corporate prayers that Sundays and Seasons sends to Lutheran churches across the nation.
--I blogged on an almost daily basis, for both blogs that I keep.
--I continued to create blog pieces for the Living Lutheran site, about 1 a month.
--I wrote one book review for a journal. I also created a presentation for an academic conference.
--I made some progress on my memoir: I got it organized into a rough draft (no small thing), and I'm revising it into the book of essays that I want it to be.
--I continued to send work out into the world. This has not been a good year for acceptances, but I know these things go in cycles. Maybe I'll have better luck next year.
So, when I feel like I've done absolutely nothing creative in the past year, clearly, I'm wrong. It's good to take stock. I often make goals, and when I accomplish one thing, I immediately add 5 more things to the list. But I don't often stop to say, "Good job!"
Let us all say it to ourselves now: "Good job! Keep up the good work!"
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