Friday, December 14, 2007

First Impressions

Carleen Brice, fellow Ballantine Babe and blogger buddy, tagged me for this meme where you post the first line of the first post for each month of 2007 (since I didn't start blogging until March, I'm getting off easy). . . .

March: I figure that in my first blog post I should introduce myself. And perhaps explain or justify why the world needs another blog.

April: Well, reluctantly, I'm back from a fabulous few days at The Tennessee Williams Literary Festival--and I just have to say, if you haven't been to New Orleans, go now, and if you have ever been, go now.

May: This Saturday morning, I get to do one of my favorite book-related things: participate in a book club.

June: Moments ago I was sitting in my family room, editing my current work-in-progress, loving the quiet hour or so I'd lucked into.

July: I have a dog who howls at sirens.

August: Just a Little Nuts: That would describe me and the week or so we've just had around here.

September: Last Thursday I had one of the best experiences I've ever had as a writer: I was the guest speaker at Ursuline Academy because they'd selected my novel as their whole school summer read.

October: In June 2006, I resigned from teaching high school.

: Last Friday, I drank a few cups of strong coffee, took a deep breath and headed out to the mall.

December: In my Thanksgiving post, I quoted a passage from one of my favorite novels of all time, Wallace Stegner's Crossing to Safety.

This was a fun meme to do and not just because I'm one of those people who loves to look back over the year. It's interesting for me to look back and think about who I was in those earlier days, what I was worrying about, looking forward to, enjoying. So, I tag all of you--see what was on your mind in February or March or June. Think about what you've accomplished, what's no longer on your to-do list, what's been resolved (or not). In looking over my blogs, it's fun to see that the WIP I was looking over in June is now done. Yes, indeedy. Finished, completed, ready for submission early in 2008. That feels amazing. Twice I mentioned meeting with book clubs and I'm still doing that, have at least two such dates set up for January. That's fantastic. And my dog who howls? Still does. And so do I.

Happy looking back, everybody.


Lisa said...

I'm doing this one within the next day or two also. This is fun and I remember all of these posts too!

Sustenance Scout said...

I posted mine yesterday and yes, it was a lot of fun. Congrats on all your 2007 accomplishments, Judy, and best wishes for a terrific 2008!! K.

Carleen Brice said...

I'm quite impressed at the traffic you get for someone who just started blogging in March! Must be doing something right!

Larramie said...

I remember your first post, Judy. You so wanted to hide those URL's! ;)

Judy Merrill Larsen said...

Lisa, This was such a fun post to do, especially when I think about all the friends I've made, like you, because of blogging!

Hi K., We were tagged together, weren't we? Best wishes right back to you, too!

Carleen, thanks for the tag and the kind thoughts.

Larramie, with your help, I've become adept at hotlinks. You've been a pal from the very beginning.

Daisy said...

I'm posting mine on New Year's Day. It seems appropriate.