What will 2009 hold for us all, I wonder? Hopefully it will be a better one than 2008 - not that 2008 was a bad year for me. I got to see my work in print for the first time, I made a writing sale (yipee!), I got a job (several actually), so it was a good year in many ways. :)
Also over Christmas we heard good news - a new niece and nephew are on the way. Little Svetlana from Tula in (West) Russia is due in March to my brother and his wife, and hopefully by June little Michael Nikolai from Blagoveschenck (far East Russia, less than a km from China) will join my sister and her husband. The two little cousins will be close in age, and grow up almost next door to each other - so hopefully they will be friends!
Of course, the 2008 saw plenty of disappointments and sadness too for family and friends, but I am hopeful that 2009 will bring loads more happiness and (writing) success for us all!
So HAPPY NEW YEAR!