The trials have been different this year, and I have found some excellent friend-support, in the form of an old High School friend I’ve had the pleasure of reconnecting with. I planted a garden, have been working on crocheting (and this wonderful friend of mine took the time to spot *exactly* what I had been doing wrong all these years) and returned to jewelry-making.
I started another critique group, mostly because I craved the support and connection with a writing community. I need to work on my writing, and I need connection to others with similar goals.
We’re doing all of the critique on Google Docs, and so it doesn’t have the chapter-by-chapter structure of my previous groups. Right now, I’m thinking this can be more productive for me. Mostly because I can ignore this sort of feedback until I am ready to address the revision (my main issue--adjusting the draft too early).
The job search for a day-job continues. A friend on facebook shared an excellent quote on the subject, from a hilarious movie:
“Never give up! Never surrender!”
I must say, I think that as funny as that phrase came to be in the movie, it is an accurate mantra to convey my continued efforts.