I applied to the Foreword program at the Loft on a whim. I was sitting at my desk one day, absentmindedly staring at my computer screen, when I realized that it was time to do something new. I knew I needed something but I didn't know exactly what it was and then I landed on the Loft's website and read about Foreward. It was exactly what I was looking for but the deadline was only a week away and I didn't have a manuscript to submit as a writing sample. "There's no way I can do that", I told myself and then I thought about how often I have said that and decided that maybe I needed to try. So, I turned to this blog and I pulled stories from here and I wrote new material and cobbled together the required writing sample. I wrote essays about my goals and experience and I submitted my packet with a couple of days to spare. You know how this story ends. When I woke up this morning regretting my promise to blog every day in January, I thought about the events of the past couple of months and was overcome with a feeling of gratitude. I have this opportunity through the Loft because of this blog and I am so grateful to all of you who come here to read my words. I have always written but you made me believe that I could be a writer. Thank you for that.

I'll be starting my work at the Loft in January and there will be many more demands on my time. I'm not gonna lie - I briefly considered closing up shop here. I couldn't imagine being able to work on a book and this blog but I just can't quit. I'll find the time to blog. I hope you'll keep finding the time to read.

Happy New Year to all of you!  I wish you all the best in 2011.