Tuesday, January 8, 2013

One Word Year

Yes, as you can see...I'm back from hibernation!
This is me...

In November, I started NaNoWriMo (write a novel in a month), but one-fourth of the way through, had to stop; my husband lost his job of twenty years...and I needed to get myself a job, and quick. Not exactly what I thought I'd be doing right before the holidays. In addition to not writing, I also stopped blogging. Luckily, I just finished two English Literature classes and the fall quarter at CSUB. Sure, I would love to be a full time writer who makes a living selling best-sellers, but right now, that's not happening. Although, I do currently have three full submissions out.

So maybe soon?

When I saw Ink in the Book's blog post about her "One Word Year" I thought, hmmm, with so many changes going on in my life right now, I think I need a word for this upcoming year, too.

At first, I considered: 


Because it means "again," and I really wanted a do-over this year. Like: let's try this again and start anew.

But then, I decided on this word, instead:


Yep, inspire is my "one word" for this year...and here's why:

1) It's a verb--and my college English professors will kill me for saying this--but that also means it's an action word. 

2) It goes both ways--meaning you can GIVE it and RECEIVE it. I love that.

3) It sums up exactly what I want for my writing. I want to stir emotions and put forth a creative effort that inspires others. 

Now, it has only been two months, but in that short time my husband found a new, less stressful job, I started working as a Behavior Respite Therapist with children who have autism (which I absolutely LOVE), and I started writing my WIP, again. Oh, and yesterday I started an online college course at CSUB. So...everything is falling back into place.

I guess the morale to my story is...if you don't like the way things are going...be INSPIRED to change it for the better!

Good luck to all in the New Year and I hope you find inspiration in everything around you.

What's your "one word" for this year?