Wednesday, December 26, 2012

A One Word Summary of 2012

For this, the last edition of Wordly Wednesday for 2012, I thought I'd take the time to look back on the year and try to summarize it in one word.  I may have been inspired by the one word game from the Doctor Who Christmas Special I saw last night, but I don't think that's a bad thing.  Trying to sum up 365 days (or in the case of 2012, 366 days) in one word makes you really consider the heart of the most important things that happened to you.  

Here is my word to summarize 2012, at least as far as my personal life is concerned.  Summarizing the year for the world as a whole is a much bigger project.

And though it may defeat the purpose of keeping my summary to one word, I will still list the reasons I have for choosing this word.

It is an active word.  It indicates the state of being imaginative, and that is what I wished to embody over this past year.  To be a writer, one must embrace imagination.  I would rather be imaginative than have been recognized as having done something imaginatively.  One holds more promise than the other.

This is the year I stayed home with my kids.  Little kids exhibit more imagination than most adults, and they can bring forth a wealth of inspiration.

This is the year I started blogging.  Blogging has forced me to keep thinking, to keep producing more work.  Instead of becoming a chore, this need to keep writing made the process of writing easier.  I could think more freely.  Rather than the well running dry, the well became more efficient.

In the interest of keeping this brief, I'll leave you with this.  What is your word for 2012?  What do you hope your word for 2013 will be?


  1. For 2012: Confidence

    For 2013: Peace (I hope)

  2. word for 2012? Hope. Definitely had a lot of ups and downs with that this year but, for the most part, I kept my spirits high.

    And for 2013? I'm hoping my word will be luck! :)

    Have a great holiday season...

  3. My word for my experience of 2012 comes from a dark and tired place: devastating. But for 2013 I'm: determined. That's all I've got in me right now. Maybe it'll be enough.
    Some Dark Romantic

  4. Sorrow for 2012 -- unbelievable sorrow!

    Acquiescence in 2013 -- in that I'm on the verge of giving up. Each year at this time I look back and sigh, then I look forward and hope. I'm finding it harder and harder to look forward with hope, accepting things as they are may make it easier because the truth is we aren't created equal...

    Sorry, I didn't mean to get maudlin, but this is where I am -- like Mina it's all I've got right now.