Time, time, time

See what’s become of me,

while I look around

for my possibilities…

It’s the springtime of my life.

I’m not sure I felt that way before doing this retrospective exercise of creating a 2011 writing timeline. I wasn’t looking for moments of success, necessarily—instead I focused on moments that seemed important in some way, to see if, as for Steve Jobs, I can begin to trust that the dots will somehow connect in the end.

What insight did I gain from the month-by-month summary, below, of my 2011 writing life?

The dots are connecting.

Be sure to visit Lea’s 2011 in review – a writing perspective on her Thumbnail blog, and the blog Love Out Loud, which will also look back on 2011 in the coming days.

Time, time, time…See what’s become of me:

January

Began a Ph.D. level course in Developmental Psychology, in preparation for applying to an interdisciplinary doctoral program. My goals? 1) To get a higher degree so as to boost my non-fiction writing career and write with more credibility, and 2) To put to rest once and for all the nagging regret about having pulled out of the Ph.D. program I was in when our son was born.

Related Post: What Is the Thing You Think You Cannot Do?

February

Had a post “Freshly Pressed” by WordPress! Single day views: 4,237. The best part: A big bump in blog subscriptions.

The Post: Writer Interrupted

March

Wrote the first of several Flash Narratives based on the diaries of my great Aunt Hattie.

Related Post: Flash Narrative: Sleeping with the Storm

April

Turned 47. Nuf said.

Related Post: Memory List at 47

May

Finished my graduate school course with an A and a professor eager to direct my dissertation, but, in the end, decided not to apply to the Ph.D. program. Why? I began to realize that going back to school was yet another way to postpone the full-time writing life I want. I don’t want to conduct research, something that four to five years of doctoral study would require. I am a writer. I want to research and write about others people’s research. Malcolm Gladwell doesn’t have a Ph.D. He’s my hero.

Related Post: My Crazy Quilt Life

June

On June 23rd, after encouragement from a good friend who is also a teaching colleague and a writer, I gathered the courage to query Psychology Today about an idea for a blog. I heard back that same day, and my first post was published on July 1: The Role of the Anxiety Master.

July

Began a rewarding and inspiring group writing blog with Christi Craig and E. Victoria FlynnWriting Up an Appetite: Wisconsin Writers in the Kitchen.

August

Self-published Oscar’s Gift: Planting Words with Oscar Micheaux, a work of historical fiction for middle grade readers, as both an e-book and paperback.

September

Rejoined Twitter after having left in June. My on-again, off-again romance with social media lives on.

October

Finished a new non-fiction book proposal and, in late October and early November, sent queries to targeted agents, including aiming high for some stretch agents, just because.

Related Post: If You Don’t Value Your Imaginative Life, No One Else Will

November

Wrote several posts on my iPad as a way to get used to using it.

Related Post: Focusing on What We Can Control

December

Remember those agent queries I’d sent? A few days before Christmas, an email in my inbox showed this preview, “I find your proposal quite fascinating…”

I didn’t even open it for an hour or so, so sure was I of the “but” that was coming.

It was an “and.”

“I find your proposal quite fascinating, and would love to represent it.”

From one of my “stretch” agencies, Levine Greenberg Literary Agency, Inc.

Trust that the dots will connect, my friends. Plan, yes. Work, definitely. Write, that’s a given.

But don’t forget to trust.