Thursday, January 3, 2013

One Word for 2013 (and Cybils news!)

Ghenet and Katy and Jessica and Elodie and Rebecca and Erin (and probably others, my apologies if I've missed you) have all posted about one word that they will focus on in 2013.  It's a great idea, I think: a guiding principle that you can use to help you make the choices you want to make in the New Year.  While I posted some of my goals for 2013 already, I've been thinking about this concept as well.  I think my word for 2013 will be:

OPEN 

As in, "Open, Sesame!"  As in, open to opportunities that come along.  As in, open to trying and failing and trying again (see my resolutions for both driving and writing.)  As in, open to new experiences in my new hometown (as well as beyond it--like meeting new people at the SCBWI conference in February, which is a challenge for me.)  This is an uncertain year for me--as I find ways to get back into teaching in this new city, I don't really know what I expect.  I know that I have one promising lead that seems to be moving along, for something VERY part-time and VERY exciting.  I also have tons of ideas for other jobs I think I would enjoy, in education and in other fields.  I'm going to do my best to be open enough to recognize opportunities when they present themselves, and hope that, with the right mix of perseverance, timing, hard work, skills, and (let's face it) luck, some doors will open for me.  Right now I don't have a hard-and-fast career goal in mind for the end of the year, but I do hope to have at least a steady part-time job that I enjoy by the end of this year.  (And in the meantime, I am so grateful for the luxury of time and support from Mr. S as I try to figure out what that might be.)  



Also, I will be keeping that in mind as I read the Cybils YA Fiction shortlist!  I can't talk about the books as I read them (I'll post short reviews after the winner is announced) or about our deliberations, ever, but I will say that I'm excited to get reading because with the exception of the one finalist that I've read, I might not have picked up many of the others on my own.  A few I wasn't familiar with at all; others  just wouldn't have caught my eye.  But they've all been vetted and vouched for by the hard-working first-round judges (and it sounds like the competition for spots on the shortlist was FIERCE, so I'm sure these finalists are really fantastic.)  So as I read some books that are outside of my usual reading zone, I will be open to their individual merits, as well as to the points my awesome fellow judges will make..  I look forward to potentially discovering some new favorites!  

10 comments:

  1. What a great word for keeping a positive outlook on whatever 2013 brings your way! Hope you hear some good news soon about this exciting job lead!

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    1. Thanks! In the meantime, I'm relishing the free days to get some reading in!

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  2. Good word choice, Jess! I really could stand to be more open myself. I'm hoping that the conference will be a good opportunity for me to work at it. I think it's great that you have some good job leads. I'm crossing my fingers that that one in particular works out for you! :)

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    1. Somehow, right before heading off to college, I tricked myself into thinking that I was an extrovert. I have to figure out how I did that and do it again for SCBWI!

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  3. I love this word! I need to try to be more open, too. I'm really excited to meet you when you're here in February! :)

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    1. I'm excited too! Should be a great time!

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  4. What a fantastic word, Jess! I love how positive it is, just welcoming new opportunities. Best of luck encompassing it in the new year. Oh, and I can't wait to hear more about the Cybils!

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    1. Thanks! I'm looking forward to the chance to really engage deeply and critically with some great books--too often, I do my Goodreads one-shot and then don't revisit a book at all. Should be a lot of fun!

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  5. So cool that you are a Cybils judge! I'm looking forward to your reviews (and seeing which books win).
    Open is a wonderful word. Just reading it makes me feel hopeful!

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    1. I'm also really looking forward to seeing the winners in some of the other categories (SFF and MG, particularly!) There are some awesome shortlisted titles all around!

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