Friday, January 1, 2010

It's the Future!

*adjusts robotic-sounding microphone*

Twenty-ten. Can you believe it? Ten years ago we thought the world would implode and our bank accounts would be wiped out, and now I have wrinkles and gray hairs and I’m still trying to get rid of those same last five pounds.

Unfortunately, parts of my life are even less certain than they were at age 24, but I’m hopeful that things will start to turn around for us. I hate to say they can’t get worse, because they can always get worse, but 2009 was quite a challenge.

While I don’t do resolutions, I do have some goals for the new year, the biggest having to do with my writing. I hope to start querying After the Fall in another month or two, and I’m determined to keep sending out my short stories until something sticks.

Personally, I’m determined to get out of Zihua. Ibis and I have been in Mexico for three years now, and we never imagined the process would take this long OR turn out the way it did. We have a lot ahead of us and I’ll share more details as we make decisions, but for now, just know that we’re trying.

As for my blog, I’ve decided to keep the three-day schedule I’ve adopted for the past month. (Yes this was planned. Do you feel tricked?) I often struggle to come up with content and I don’t want to bore you, so three days it is. I’m debating changing the look, but I feel like so many people read through Google Reader and other RSS feeds that I don’t know if it’s worth it.

What do you think?

Did you have a good new year?

*turns off microphone and zooms off in hovercraft*


Virginia Lee said...


Second, I want photos of the hovercraft, please. Is it one like on the Jetsons? I've always wanted one of those.

Finally, NEVER GIVE UP! Really. It's pretty much that simple.

PS You're a darned good writer, Melanie. Keep sending things out. All the editors/agents I know/know about are swamped all the time. Just follow their rules for queries and submissions and sooner or later one will have the good sense to publish you.

Janna Qualman said...

Keep your head up! Whatever the new year brings, there's always good to be found in some of the new. And I've always seen you as one who will make it (the good) happen.

Happy 2010!

Natasha Fondren said...

Happy New Year, Melanie!

Yeah, I really hope this year is far better for you than last year. Really hoping that, with all my heart.

And hey, thanks. You helped me get through this year, and just... what you did, moving to another country, helped give me the courage to completely change my life. Thank you so much, Melanie.

Adam said...

Wait, you're 34? Blummin' eck, you don't look it! :D



PS - The last year was part crap and part awesome. I'm hoping for a better awesome/crap ratio this time around. ;-)

Erica said...

LOL - isn't it funny how everyone thought we'd be in flying cars by now and being taken care of by robots...

I hope you had a good New Year! 2009 was a rough one for us over here too, let's hope 2010 is a great one for all of us :o)

I don't make resolutions either, but I hope to be querying sometime this year. Good luck with the plans. I'm sure it will only get better for both of you ;o)

Sure - go ahead and change it. We have to comment on the blog itself anyway, change is good :o)

Robin said...

Happy New Year, Melanie!!!

Don't change your blog if it means not being able to keep track of it on Google Reader. I'd cry.

It sounds like you guys have some sort of plan going on. I'm intrigued. I'd say, "Tell us more", but that sounds sort of bossy, so I'll wait patiently.

Ok. I'm ready. Spill.

Melanie Avila said...

Virginia, that photo might take a little... finagling. And thank you.

Thanks Janna. I've had a bunch of rejections for short stories in the past two days, so it looks like I'll be sending more out when I get home.

Natasha, I'm glad someone is benefitting from this!

Adam, I LOVE the idea of the crap/awesome ratio. :) And you're sweet.

Good luck Erica! Yeah, it's amazing the things that aren't happening that we thought would -- but some, like with the internet on our phones, are totally futuristic.

Robin, I wouldn't change the feed, just the look of the actual blog. Our plans aren't secret, but when things get uncertain I hate sharing because then I have to keep updating everyone. It's easier to keep it quiet. :)

Nadine said...

I'm very excited for you to query and send out your short stories!!

And I think the three day blog schedule is awesome.

Cheers to 2010 Melanie. I think this is going to be a great year for you!

WendyCinNYC said...

I hope 2010 brings you all kinds off good news, Melanie.

gypsyscarlett said...

Happy New Year!

I found it quite eerie the first time I went to write down the date. 2010. It does seem unreal.

I wish you all the best with getting out of Zihua.

Melanie Avila said...

Thanks Nadine! Of course I almost forgot to blog today...

Thanks Wendy!

Gypsy, I tried to type it the other day and it took me three tries, lol.

David said...

I was wondering if you'd care to give us a Zihua drug violence update for us midwesterners returning to Z in February? We've been going for a while now and I usually don't worry about it. I know we'll be fine once we hit Playa La Ropa (no parasailing for us, thanks)

Thank you and keep writing.

Melanie Avila said...

Hi David, I'm a little out of the loop since I've been gone for a month, but I did hear that tourists are recommended not to walk the waterfront path at night because of muggings.

The drug violence is a constant here, but unless you're out in the middle of the night trying to score a hit, I don't think tourists need to worry about that. Especially if you're staying on La Ropa. Just use common sense and avoid dark alleys.

David said...

Thanks Melanie.

Good. Common sense works for us. Do you have any favorite restaurants in town? We usually hit the same ones...well, not Pollos Locos last year--it vanished :(

Melanie Avila said...

There's a Pollo Loco on Morelos -- just the one across from the market closed. Braseros (in the middle of downtown) is good for Mexican dishes. Our favorite is Il Mare (Italian) on the road towards La Ropa, but it's pricier.