Year’s end and new beginnings

Year’s end and new beginnings

Well, here we are again, at the end of another year. 2011 has been a crazy good one. This year I went to Taos Toolbox, went to a couple of conventions, attended the Hugos and World Fantasy Awards with my multiply-nominated significant other, sold a couple of stories, became an Active member of SFWA, and got married. Not a bad list.

2012 is going to bring a lot of changes. The first one–and to me, it’s a big one–is that I’m leaving Lightspeed after the February issue. January will mark two great years of working on the magazine. It’s been an amazing experience–obviously it’s how I got to know and fall in love with John, but it has also been a tremendous education in writing, editing, and publishing. I have had the privilege of working with some incredibly talented and dedicated editors and authors in my time at Lightspeed. I really can’t express how grateful I am to have had such a tremendous opportunity.

But it’s also a pretty big time sink, and time is something I don’t have enough of. Making the decision to leave was very difficult–I have strong ties to the project on a number of levels, and tears were shed, but I think it’s the right thing to do for now.

It’s also more than a little bit scary. Ever since I first got involved in the SFF community, I’ve been attached to a project–first StarShipSofa (narrator), then Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy (podtern), then Lightspeed (assistant editor). Now I’m just…me. Christie Yant, writer. I had to get new business cards and everything. (Note to self: update bio!)

There will be other changes, too–we’ll be looking for a new house in the spring, a place that’s Ours from the start (I had lived in this house already when John moved out here). The right move could change my financial outlook considerably (for the better). I already have my new office decorated in my head. :)

I’ll have a daughter leaving for college in the fall. I can’t imagine a bigger change than that. She’ll be eighteen next month. It’s hard to believe. She was four years old and making art on my bedroom wall with ill-gotten nail polish not that long ago, or so it seems.

And of course there’s writing. 2012 needs to be the Year of the Novel for me. I’m sure there will be short stories here and there, but I need to get my rewrite of Found Objects done, based on the feedback and massive amount of assistance from my Taos classmates; I need to get the graphic novel finished; I need to draft Temperance. (Hopefully all in my new office. I MAY or MAY NOT be spending an inordinate amount of time daydreaming about that.)

Between now and the start of the new year I’ll be spending my time with my family, both immediate and extended. I want to back away from the internet for a little while–do some reading, go for walks, clear my head, and start the new year fresh.

Change is the only constant, and I’m excited about all of the changes coming up for me. I hope you have a safe and happy holiday season, and that all of the changes in your own life are positive ones. May 2012 be our best year yet.

3 thoughts on “Year’s end and new beginnings

  1. It sounds like you’ve had a great year. You’ve picked up some new tools, and you’ve surrounded yourself with talented, creative, and encouraging people.

    I suspect 2012 will be nothing short of awesome for you.

    Dare to be great.

  2. Wow, a big year just finishing and another one to come!

    I am so pleased for you that you’re going to be taking more time for your own writing. So many exciting projects! :)

  3. A truly great year!

    And best wishes for next year. I’ll be sending you good thoughts from the other side of the world.

    (2012 is going to be the year of the novel for me too.)

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