New Year, New Inspiration

Hard to believe another new year is here: 2013.  We all make resolutions, mold new hopes, and make wishes at the start of a new year.  Personally, I’m looking forward to 2013.  2012 was a challenging yet rewarding year for me.  I  started Penumbra Literary and met many writers, artists, and other creative people.  It was extremely fulfilling and the culminating event of 2012 was probably my attending The National Book Award Finalist’s Reading, where I heard Katherine Boo, Junot Diaz, Dave Eggers, Domingo Martinez, Louise Erdrich, and many other talented writers and poets, read from their nominated books.  Something about hearing the written word spoken aloud in a room full of other word and story-lovers was very inspiring and moving.

In the coming weeks, I’ll be gearing up for submissions and signing on several more writers.  I approached creating my literary agency with enthusiasm and admittedly, some fear.  Enthusiasm was necessary to even get it off the ground and alternated with the voice of reason/ inner critic (something that all writers understand!).  Critic: What if I fail?  What if I don’t sign enough clients? What if I don’t sell anything?

Now, less than a year later I realize that even though I had that fear and moments of doubt, overall, I’m still glad I did it.  There is something energizing and wonderful about waking everyday with a renewed sense of purpose, of realizing all your life was a kind of preparation for the work you are meant to do. Not everyone finds “it” and not everyone has the luxury to pursue what they love, but given some of the experiences in my life, I realized that if I didn’t at least try, I would regret it.  I don’t want to look back on my life and see wasted opportunities, maybes, and half-baked dreams.  Call me an dreamer, but I wanted to live out my wishes.  And everyday I’m coming closer to my goals and hopefully helping my clients fulfill their hopes and wishes.

I’m also starting to try to get back into music a bit (as a listener)–one sign that you’re aging is that you are no longer ahead of the curve when you discover music (i.e. I liked Death Cab for Cutie in college, before they became big).  Some songs I’ve been listening to lately: “Young Blood” by The Naked and Famous, “Midnight City” by M83, “Marianne” by California Wives, and “First Love Never Die,” by SOKO.  Yes, my secret is out, I like indie music with a shoegaze bent reminiscent of My Bloody Valentine.  Please feel free to send your EP’s my way!

Credit: REUTERS/ David Moir  From: Euro News

Credit: REUTERS/ David Moir    From: Euro News

As the new year starts, what hopes and wishes do you have as a writer?  Were there any books you read in 2012 that were life-changing? What is your greatest fear and how do you think you’ll overcome it?  What is one new thing you’d like to do in 2013 that you’ve never done before?



  1. Awesome entry, Jen. I love this: “I don’t want to look back on my life and see wasted opportunities, maybes, and half-baked dreams.” YES. I fully support that, and I aspire to do the same. I hope 2013 brings great things for you.

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