In February, I made the executive decision and picked THIS school as my home for the next four years. Still waiting to see how that decision will play out in the long run.
In March, my wonderful mother made my dream come true by taking me out of school to see the NYC Teen Author Festival where I got to meet one of my favorite authors EVER, the fantastic Libba Bray.
I graduated high school. This sounds like it should be a really big deal but looking back, it's not. For me, it was just expected and I worked for it and then it happened. Maybe, in the future, I'll feel differently but for right now it is what it is.
A lot actually happened over the summer.
I went to a Taylor Swift concert (which is kinda a really big, huge deal):
Finished my first-ever manuscript (even though it's awful, it was still a huge milestone for me):
(not my picture - credit to WriteANovelManuscript)
Said goodbye to way too many people including my friends from school:
And also to my amazing co-workers who hands-down changed my life as only fellow bagel makers could:
Then in August, summer was over and I went to school:
Where I met my crazy yet awesome best friend:
And finished my second manuscript (which was still not good but substantially less awful than the first attempt):
I also ran my first race and saw Adam Pascal on Broadway IN THE SAME WEEK.
And of course would have been absolutely lost throughout this whole time without my best friend but more aptly named, partner-in-crime, by my side.
There you have it. My year in pictures. Of course a lot more has happened but I think I did a pretty okay sum up, all things considered. This past year taught me how to dream big and wild and to never give up on those dreams. I am determined to make 2012 my year and I wish nothing but the best for you in all your hopes and dreams as well.
~M. T. Rossi