I’m Getting Antsy

December 26, 2008 | Karin's Blog | 19 comments



I always do this time of year.  In fact, despite the cold, the wet, and the feeling exhausted from the rush of the holidays, this time of year, just after celebrating Christmas, and right before the New Year takes off, I feel a sense of hope and excitement. And a profound sense of accomplishment.


I like to take this time to look behind me and see how far I’ve come.  I’m always amazed.


In 2008 I wrote three and a half single titles.  I had five releases! I sold two more historicals. I won Pro Mentor of the year. I was the San Francisco Area RWA Chapter president for the second year in a row, and VP of Programs for the Black Diamonds RWA Chapter.  I judged several contests, went to National, and several writer’s retreats.  I blogged faithfully every other Monday at The Fog City Divas, every Friday over at Murder She Writes, here whenever the hell I felt like it, and guest blogged all over the cybersphere. I pimped myself like Huggy Bear. I launched another (the 4th!) First Line Contest. JADED was nominated for the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award.  MASTER OF SURRENDER was nominated for Best Historical over at Night Owl Reviews, and at Romance Novel TV, which by the way, voting is open until the 28th.


I entered several of my books in the RITAs, and volunteered to judge this year.


On the home front, I managed to get my last kid graduated from high school.  He’s now in college and while it’s just a JC, for now, he’s doing a good job and is where he needs to be.  Tabke # 2 married a great guy in October.  I survived the year of preparation and the economic destruction that followed.  And while I was not as involved as I should have been, my business is still chugging along, despite this economy to which it is so strongly tied. I survived Tabke #2 and her husband living with us since February, (and don’t tell them this, but I’m going to cry like a baby when they move out.  I love having them here!) I survived a frustrating football season for hubby.  Not only the Raiders but the college where he coaches. I have so far survived Baby, the psycho kitten.  While the house hasn’t always glistened and glowed as I would prefer it to, I’m ok that sometimes the dust bunnies look more like tumbleweeds then what they really are. 



But despite all of the above, and it’s all very good, the best part of 2008 has been my family and friendships. A lot of stuff has been put in perfect perspective for me this year.  I told the kids right before the wedding when there was lots of drama going on that a person’s true character would rise to the top amidst this, oh, so emotional and special time. And when it does, those who love you most will show their true colors.  And it was bittersweet in some ways, but a lesson well learned, not only by the children but by my husband and I. And because of it all, my life is so much simpler, but far richer then ever before. I like where I am, where I’m going, but mostly those who are close around me.  I feel very much at peace.  If I could change some things, would I?  No, because the things I would change are things I can’t change.  It’s taken me decades to figure that out.  I can only be held accountable for my actions.  No one else’s. Same with the crazy business of publishing.  I can control the book.  That’s it.  I can’t control the economy, what the buying trends are, or if a book store goes out of business.  Only the book.  So going into 2009, I’m going to keep reminding myself, I cannot control anything except what I think, feel and do.  Period.


I want to take this opportunity to say, thank you, to everyone who has supported me and my books this year.  To my old true blue friends who have let me whine and moan and groan when I had no right to. To my new friends who have made me laugh and smile. To my family for putting up with my hellish deadline schedule, allowing me to do what I love so much to do. To my editor for pushing me to the brink of some really good writing!  To my agent for her belief in me as a writer. To all of you who come by and visit, thank you!  I do so enjoy the conversation. And while this may sound sappy to some, I want to thank God for his love.


I truly feel blessed and fortunate knowing I am surrounded by such goodness and light.



Happy New Year, Everyone!






  1. Jennifer


    Just doing some looking over my past year and looking forward to the next one. The end of December is such a hushed, magical time when you wrap up the loose ends of the last year and have a whole brand new shiny untouched year ahead of you. The best Christmas present of all.

    I’m glad I stumbled across a link to your blog a few weeks back. Keep up the good work!

  2. Karin

    Jennifer so eloquently put! I’m glad you stumbled over here too! Happy New Year!

  3. HollyD

    I’m thankful we made it through another Christmas. Five kids ripping open presents. Luckily no one was injured in the process.

    The only changes I would make, I can’t they’re in God’s hands and all have to do w/ the health of my family, but we’re going to get through it.

    I’m so excited for the year you’ve had and know that 2009 is gonna rock as well. Your positive attitude, sense of humor, and kind heart guarantee it.

  4. Edie

    Karin, your year has been packed full with a lot of good things! Personal and professional!

    Mine has been a year of regrouping, in some ways. This year I’ve been slower but better. In 2009 I plan to get up to speed again — and still remain better!

  5. Margaret

    Beautifully said, Karin! You have really come out on top of everything. I wish you and yours the best of health, happiness, and love throughout the new year.

  6. Karin

    Holly, I miss when the kids were little tearing through the presents. But this year having all of the kids here along with their significant others and my in-laws we had a blast Christmas morning. So much laughing and joking, and I didn’t have to cook breakfast! It was really a lot of fun. I can’t wait until I have a grandchild to spoil at Christmas time!

    Edie, it has been a packed year! And I think you’re right, you have had a regrouping year, but you have also had some great advances! Like the AT V contest! I’m rooting for you all the way to the finish line!

    Margaret I wish, you the same! I think ’09 is going to be a year that pushes many of us out of our comfort zone and we’re going to be very surprised at what we accomplish!

  7. Fedora

    What an amazing year, Karin! Thanks for the reflections, and starting me thinking about the blessings I’ve enjoyed this year, too. Lots to look forward to in 2009!

  8. Jane

    Congrats on all you’ve accomplished this year. Wish you a great 2009.

  9. Scarlet

    Karin I followed a link from Pinkfuzzyslipperwriters.blogspot.com and found you blog, it has become a favorite of mine. I really felt inspired by your recap of 2008 and pumped for 2009! Wishing you the best in 2009

    Scarlet Pumpernickel

  10. Cele

    Oh I am woefully under read this year. I’ve read a whole three books on their lists.

  11. LaDonna

    Karin, so well said! And I love the amazing, exciting year you described. I always ponder a few days before the New Year too, and delve into those magical moments, and learn from the not-so-magical ones. It’s all good! As long as I’m moving forward and find joy while doing it, I’m in the right place.

    I have much to be thankful for also, and my family tops that list too.

  12. Buffie

    What a beautiful post Karin!!!

    Just as your hubby said . . . you better polish off that cap, because I think that feather is coming your way. CHECK YOUR EMAIL.

  13. Karin Tabke

    Buffie! I just did! I’m sooo excited! I’ve had books final in contests and such before, but never have they won! Yes! Thank you for loving MASTER OF SURRENDER enough to nominate it! And to all of you guys and dolls who voted for MOS? Thank you. Hubby, you are a most worthy pimp!

    I’m so happy.

  14. Karin Tabke

    Okay, I got a little excited there. Fedora, it is all about the blessings, isn’t it? I’m really happy you have become a regular friend over here. I hope you stick around for the ass kicking we’re going to give 2009!

    Scarlet, the Pink Fuzzie ladies are so sweet! Mary in particular is near and dear to my heart. I’m glad you found your way over here.

    Hubby, thanks for the pimpin’!

    Cele, you have me beat. Well sort of. I read three books last week. It felt sooooo good.

    LaD, when I look back it was crazy exciting. But I can’t tell you how much I have enjoyed this down time. ‘Though I feel just as busy with the holidays and all. I’m really looking forward to this time next week!

  15. Paty Jager

    You have been busy, Karin! Congrats on all the wonderful accomplishments in 2008!

    It is fun to look back and see what you did throughout the year.

    Have an awesome 2009!

  16. Lee

    Obviously I’m coming a little late on responding. But you had a great year…I know how stressful some of it can be, but you came through like a champ. Congrats on everything, I know you accomplished and wanted too. And for the small stuff, like keeping your sanity. Although, I know it probably didn’t feel that way sometimes. Keep chugging along as you said. I think 2009 is going to be a good year.

  17. HollyD

    Huge Congrats! I just checked back over at the novel tv site. You sooo deserve the win.

  18. Karin

    Thanks, Paty, you have an awesome 2009 too!

    Lee, better a wee bit late then never. 🙂 I’m with you on 2009 looking to be a good year! Looking forward to seeing you Saturday!

    Thanks, Holly! I’m really happy. 🙂

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