Lazette Gifford
Publisher & Editor

From the Editor:

Another New Year

By Lazette Gifford
2007, Lazette Gifford

Well, I can't say I'm sorry to see 2006 go.  It was not the best year I've ever had, though I did well enough in writing and I improved on both it and my (very amateur) art work.  I wrote quite a bit, and at the end I managed to still get my average of 2 submissions a month.  Nonetheless, 2006 will not go down as one of my better years.  I failed in several of my important writing-related goals, including the one to prepare and send more novels out in submission packages that year.  Life conspired against me.

But here we are at the start of a new year.  Anything is possible at a time like this, and I love the feeling that I can just leap into a new beginning for my writing career.

It's a state of mind, and I purposely foster it every year.  It's easy to reach December 31st and look back at everything that didn't work out quite right, and in doing so go into the new year with a bleak outlook.  I refuse to do it.  I spend the last month of the year finishing up every project that hasn't already been completed.  I clear away everything.  And then, on January 1st, I start out with a brand new story.  No ties to the past, no worries about what I didn't do right, or what failed.  This is a new year, and I have a whole new chance to do it right.

Each year is a brand new adventure.   

So welcome to 2007.  I hope it's a good year for all of us!