Thursday, 31 December 2009

2009 - the good stuff

In the spirit of gratitude for my blessings, I've made a list of the stuff I've had reason to be thankful for in 2009.
  • Watching my son's business go from strength to strength.
  • Completion of my second contemporary romance novel. Here's wishing it finds its wings in 2010!
  • The launch of author blog Novel Spaces.
  • My book stacks have been growing again, thanks to gifts from friends and late nights spent prowling Amazon's alleys.
  • Found almost every movie I've always wanted to see on Amazon, and am thrilled to order a few every month.
  • Got lots of great reviews of and feedback on Café Au Lait!
  • Met more wonderful people, writers and readers, on the net.
  • Goodreads, I love you! Thanks for inviting me, Sandra!
  • Pillaged the M.A.C. store in West Mall several times. If I look terrible it's not for want of beauty products!
  • Created a proper writing space in my bedroom.
  • My Dell laptop continues to run like clockwork after more than a year, despite my initial skepticism as I don't have a good history with the brand.
  • My family remains safe and sound.
  • I've finally, finally gotten around to renewing expired ID and travel documents. That took some intense running back and forth, not to mention generous dollops of cash. No, I didn't bribe anyone, but when the registration office suddenly throws up its hands and tells you the name on all your documents, certificates, and expired IDs is actually your third name, and tries to foist a new first name on you, you get your butt to a lawyer to sort out the mess - and those fees don't come cheap. Deed poll, statutory declaration et al out of the way, I'm well on the way to being fully back on the grid, y'all!
  • I never, ever take the beauty of my island for granted. It's easy to forget the local politics and social challenges when I look out my windows at the verdant valley where I live, or take a drive up the North Coast to Maracas Bay. It's medicine for the soul.
Here's to friends, family, love, laughter, accomplishment, soul medicine and dreams that come true in 2010. Happy New Year, everyone!


Maria Zannini said...

Wonderful post and well said. I hope 2010 brings you every good fortune.

liz fenwick said...

HOpe 2010 is a wonderful year for you.

Stephe said...

Great list! And we are thankful to know you, Li. A prosperous New Year to you. :)

Debs said...

It sounds like you've achieved a lot in 2009. Here's hoping 2010 is a wonderful year for you. x

Liane Spicer said...

Maria, may 2010 bring the same to you!

Liz, thank you, and I wish you all the best too!

Stephe, prosperous sounds great! :) I'm also thankful to know you all. Wishing you, your lovely son and your parents the best of everything in 2010!

Debs, thank you! I'm going to work on making 2010 my most productive year ever!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful accomplishments! Have an even better new year. :)

Flowerpot said...

And the same to you Liane! Take care xxx

Lane said...

That legal stuff sounds like it was a nightmare!

Love all your 'good stuff'. Here's to more in 2010.

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year!!

You have much to be thankful for and I suppose so do I.

Except for getting a passport, the best things in life are free :)

Liane Spicer said...

Hi Jason! All the best to you and Aine too!

Flowerpot, looking forward to your lovely posts in 2010!

Lane, 'nightmare' is a pretty good description. I just ploughed ahead and did it all, hoping that I'll be shut of bureaucracy for the next ten years or so... Wish you lots of good stuff in the coming year!

Liane Spicer said...

akalol, thank you! We do have a lot to be thankful for, and yes, most of it is free - like those blue moon nights last week! Think I'll 'borrow' that moon shot of yours for my desktop...

Karen said...

What a wonderfully productive year. Here's to more of the same in 2010 :o)

Looking forward to reading your new novel!

Liane Spicer said...

Karen, thank you! I'm looking forward to reading yours too!