... and that was our countdown to Christmas! Thank you to all the editors, agents, authors and other lovely denizens of the children's book world who agreed to contribute. We slushpilers offer you our final, happy wishes ...
Maureen Lynas: Give yourself a break! Take time to recognise how much you have achieved, how much you have learnt, celebrate your achievements, whatever they are.
Teri Terry: here's hoping for the best holiday season - and an amazing 2012.
And remember: if the Muse has abandoned you, as can happen now and then... get some chocolate! That'll tempt 'em out.
Jo Wyton: Be determined that THIS will be your year - if you don't go for it, it won't be. Remember to look back every now and then and see how far you've come - even if you still feel like you're buried at the bottom of the slushpile. And enjoy - above all, enjoy!
Holiday Greetings from the Slushpile!