31 December, 2011

Here's To The New Year

The last day of 2011 has arrived, and out goes another year.

It feels like it was the beginning of 2011 just a few months ago . . . though in other ways it doesn't feel like it's gone that fast at all.

I've had a pretty good year. There were downs and there were ups, but some cool things happened and the bad could have been worse. There were a lot of unexpected things that I am grateful I got to experience; like finishing my first novel and writing two others, going to my first dance competition, passing a series of tests I had been worried about, getting to know some nice people.

And, of course, there's been the blogging. Blogfests (sometime I'd like to go back and count them all . . .), the A-Z Challenge (yup, I'm planning to do it next year as well), REN3 (let's give another shout-out to the great hosts), Terry Pratchett Month in September (glad to know there are other fans out there), going through NaNoWriMo with the other writers in the blogosphere, and just generally watching as people traverse their own ups and down, reach their goals, do interesting things. You people are amazing, and I'm honored to get the chance to know you, if even just through blog posts.

How was your year?


Finally . . .

I hope you have an awesome 2012!

-----The Golden Eagle


Joshua said...

2011 started off with promise, but died in February with my car wreck. 2012 should be better, even if the Mayans were right. Happy New Year to you.

The Desert Rocks said...

The Golden Eagle, hope your New Year is fabulous. 2011 was a year of learning and writing and I'm hoping for more in 2012.

farawayeyes said...

Great! Happy New Year to you!

Susan Kane said...

2011 was a rough year, as was 2010. My mother was failing and then died in April 2011. I am hoping 2012 is better.

Pat Hatt said...

2011 was more of the same for me, so with 2012 we shall see. Happy New Year.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

You had a pretty good 2011, and I wish you double that in 2012. Happy New Year!

Sananora said...

Happy New Year!

Beth said...

Happy New Year

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Happy New Year, Golden! Glad you are doing the A to Z Challenge again.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

And all that happy right back at you. I can't wait for AtoZ again even though I felt exhausted by the end of it.

DeniseCovey_L'Aussie said...

Happy New Year Golden! You are amazing too!

It's already 7.30am on 1st Jan here. My New Year's party was awesome. The sun is glinting off the ocean and it's an all over sparkling day. May 2012 continue to sparkle for everyone!


M.J. Fifield said...

2011 was, I think, overall a pretty decent year for me. It could've been better but it could've been worse.

Happy New Year.

Colleen Chen said...

2011 was decent. I hadn't thought of doing a review--that's a good idea. Yours sounds like it was good and 2012 will be even better. Happy New Year GE!

Kimberly said...

Happy New Year to you too!

Old Kitty said...

HAPPY NEW YEAR to you lovely Golden Eagle!! It's an hour an a half to midnight here and off I go to start singing auld lang syne (sorry spelling!)!! take care

Belle said...

You did a lot of fantastic things this year! I find bloggers amazing also and feel honored as you do to get to know so many interesting and kind people. I hope you new year is a good one. Happy New Year!

Wendy aka Quillfeather said...
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Wendy aka Quillfeather said...

Happy New Year to you too, Golden Eagle.

All the best and keep up the good work.

Christine Rains said...

2011 wasn't the best of years, but better than others. Here's to making 2012 the best one yet! Happy New Year! :)

Shelley said...

Happy New Year to you too Golden Eagle! :)

Charles Gramlich said...

About like most years. some good and some bad. I hope 2012 will be a bit better, though.

McKenzie McCann said...

2011 was a madhouse for me. I had my dedication, I took my AP US History exam, was a counselor in training over the summer, book contract, finished two novels, getting a short memoir published, began my third year of high school, and discovered the Westwind Outdoor School site.
Yeah, big year.

Marieke said...

Happy New Year :-) <3

Gail said...

Happy New Year...may all your dreams come true.

Jake Henegan said...

I've had a pretty productive 2011 and it seems you did too, Eagle.

Happy new year to everyone and good luck with your resolutions if you have any.

Elliot Grace said...

...Happy New Year Eagle ;)

Wanted to let you know that you were a contest winner in my book tour drawing!

Click on over to find out the details, and congrats!


Beth said...

Happy New Year to you!

Stuart Nager said...

Thank you for the SO for REN3. I'll see you during the A to Z as well(met too many great people there) and hopefully we'll see you in May for REN3 part 2!

Let's hope 2012 is a good one for all.

Happy New Year!

C D Meetens said...

Sounds like you accomplished alot in 2011. I hope 2012 is even better for you.

I'm still trying to work out what sort of year I've had. I hope 2012 will be better though.

Happy New Year!

MISH said...

Seems like you did well in 2011!
Happy New Year, Golden Eagle.

Madeline Jane said...

Glad your year was so awesome! Hopefully 2012 is even better. Happy New Year! :)

T C Mckee said...

2011 was an exciting year for me but there was a lot of scary stuff that happened too. Guess that's how life is supposed to go, the good with the bad. Hey, it gives us good writing material. Happy New Year. I now 2012 is going to be awesome.

tfwalsh said...

Here's to hoping 2012 is even better... Happy New Year

Rebecca said...

The same to you! I hope it will be very awesome.

Sadly all years have their ups and downs, but I hope it was more ups! Finishing your novel sounds really great though. :D

Trisha said...

My year had many ups & downs, but on the writing front it was pretty awesome! And tiring. haha.

I'm doing A-Z this year too.

Congrats on all you achieved this (errr I mean last) year!!

Sarah Pearson said...

Happy New Year to you. Here's to more great tales in 2012 :-)

Mario said...

Happy new and great year!!

Mina Burrows said...

Happy New Year! Despite how challenging times may be...here's to moving forward and kick'n some butt!

Stephen Tremp said...

I admit we were all in bed by ten o'clock New Years Eve. Safe, yet boring hahaha. Happy New Year to you and yours.

anthony stemke said...

Great going, your writing. Is that ballroom dancing? I'm practicing Merengue and Cha Cha.

Best of luck in 2012, Happy New Year.

Misha Gericke said...

Mine was rather interesting. Writing-wise it went really well, but towards the end I lost an entire rewrite.

Here's hoping that this one will be loss-free.


Have a happy new year!

Medeia Sharif said...

Happy New Year!

I'm considering doing the A-Z challenge. If I do it, it'll be my first time.

Nancy Thompson said...

It was a very tough year, but I did accomplish a lot personally. I'm just hoping things get better universally. The world really needs a break. me included.

Happy New Year!

Carolyn Abiad said...

Happy New Year to you too!

Shannon Lawrence said...

Your year sounds wonderful! I had a pretty good year. Here's to another good one.

M Pax said...

Sounds like you had a stellar 2011. Yea for you.

2011 started rough, but ended well for me.

Happy 2012!

Tiger85 said...

Happy New Year! I'm glad to have met you this year. I always enjoy reading your posts and I have really missed reading them.


Madeleine Maddocks said...

Happy New Year and good luck with the goals. You'll be flying high :O)

The Golden Eagle said...

Joshua: Somehow I managed to miss the fact you were in a car accident until a month or two after I'd started following you; it sounds like it was awful.

Hope you have a better 2012!

The Desert Rocks: Thank you! :)

I hope to learn more this year as well.

Farawayeyes: Thanks! :)

Susan: I'm so sorry to hear about your mother.

Pat: Hope it's good. :)

Thank you!

Tricia: Thank you. :)

Sananora: Thanks!

Beth: You too.

Alex: I'm looking forward to it--I'm already planning out my posts.

Susan: Thank you!

Same here. It was such a relief to be able to blog just one every two or three days . . . instead of every day.

Denise: Aw, thanks!

Glad to hear you had fun. :D


M.J.: Thank you!

Colleen: I like doing it to gather my thoughts before the next year swings around; to remember, and also to give myself an idea how the future will look.

Thanks! :)

Kimberly: Thank you.

Old Kitty: Thanks! :D

Belle: Especially since I wouldn't get to meet them otherwise.

Thank you!

Wendy: Thanks. :)

Christine: At least it wasn't the worst!


Shelley: Thank you. :)

Charles: I guess it's usually like that. But sometimes the bad weighs a lot more than the good . . . hope it does for you this year.

McKenzie: Wow. That's a lot!

Marieke: Thank you!

Gail: Same to you. :)

Jake: More productive than some years, that's for sure.


The Golden Eagle said...

Elliot: Thank you! :)

Sent you an email about that.

Beth: Thanks!

Stuart: Yup--I'm definitely planning to join in on that again. :)

Thank you!

C D: Hope you have a great 2012 ahead. :)

Sounds like it was a mixed bag; some years are hard to classify, aren't they?

MISH: Thank you!

Madeline: Thanks. :)

T C: LOL. Yup--at least it's stuff to write about!

Tfwalsh: Thanks!

Rebecca: Thank you. :)

It was great to write the last words of that project; especially since I'd been working on it for 18 months. :P

Trisha: Congratulations on your writing!

Writing can be tiring, can't it?


Sarah: Thank you. :) I hope you spin some great stories this year as well!

Mario: Thanks!

Mina: Yeah--time to get things in gear and kick some 2012 butt. ;)

Stephen: We stayed up until midnight, just to watch the ball drop on TV; it was fun, though the result was sleeping in for two hours . . .

Thank you!

Anthony: Nope; ballet. I've never tried ballroom dancing, though I think it would be interesting to try sometime!


Misha: I read your post about; it must have been hard to go through.

I hope it is, too!

Thank you!

Medeia: It's a lot of fun; I'd definitely recommend it, though it took a lot of my time in April.

Nancy: Hope things look up in 2012.


Carolyn: Thank you.

Shannon: Hear hear!

M: Thank you!

Glad to hear it ended well for you!

Tiger85: You're back! :) I'm so glad to see you've returned to the blogosphere; I also missed reading your posts.

Madeleine: Thank you. :D