Wednesday's answer and winner: It was the Hope Diamond. It's at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC. I wish the lighting were better. I've seen pictures where you can really see the color. Alas, this is not one of them. I blame museum lighting and a thick sheet of glass. The first to get it right was Alyssa. Way to go! I'm sure she's been looking at a lot of diamonds recently since she gets married tomorrow. Here's wishing you the best in nuptial bliss, Alyssa. I'm so excited for you.
2010: It's been a great year. Pivotal for me. I feel more like an actual writer. I attended my first writer's conference. I had some serious agent interest in my WIP until I pulled it back in for more edits. (It really needed them.) I've realized I don't need to be racing to the finish line. (Major realization!) I'll finish when I finish. It's one of the luxuries you have as a beginning writer. I just need to make the story right. I had a major plot epiphany (at the afore-mentioned conference) and have been working on it ever since--slowly, I'll grant you, but I'm insisting that family and personal commitments come first.
Farewell, 2010. Kisses! You've been a good friend.
Happy Holidays to all of you out in the blogosphere. I'll see you in January.