Just when I got used to 2008, 2009 decided to close in fast. In the spirit of reflection and the hope for continued growth, I’d like to reexamine 2008’s goals and see how well I met them.
#1 ~ Design and implement an effective blog.
#2 ~ Get 4 more publishing credits.
Not only did I meet this one, I did way better, publishing 10 stories in 2008.
#3 ~ Get paid for a piece of writing.
I didn’t make millions, but I was offered a few honorariums for my work. It felt good and I'm pleased it happened.
#4 ~ 1 publishing credit in a semi-prestigious market.
Between The Burning Black being selected for EDF’s 2008 Best of Anthology and my author interview with EDF in early December, this was a great year for having my work acknowledged.
#5 ~ Finish a novel. Any novel.
Not done. But, I’m working on Folly and have finally selected a novel to commit to. What’s more, I’m extremely pleased with what I’ve accomplished thus far in the second draft. Folly’s a winner and I’m very proud of it.
I’m starting a new novel workshop in January. That should move Folly forward. I expect by this time 2009. I’ll tick this one off my list.
#6 ~ Successful 2008 NaNoWriMo.
Also not done.
This one was intentionally left undone. With the first drafts of two novels wrapping themselves around my ankles, drafting a third was risking breaking my authorial neck. November was hard. I yearned to write a crappy novel. But I’m committed to Folly, so I watched the days tick by and dreamed of writing recklessly next year.
Now for a few unexpected successes from 2008.
1) The great week at Rhinelander School of the Arts.
By far, this was the best thing I ever did for my writing. I’ve never been so energized, inspired, excited and exhausted by my own work. I’ll go back, as soon as family fortunes permit it.
2) Being reunited with some old online writing buddies.
I swore I wouldn’t get involved in another online critique group. I was wrong and this is one time I’m happy to admit it.
3) New writing buddy Jane.
Jane’s been a great source of support. I’ve loved sharing what little I know with her. She’s a tremendous talent and I’m so happy to have her as a writing pal. I look forward to our learning more from each other.
And finally, a few setbacks:
1) While I’m pleased with Folly, I wish I was moving faster on revisions. I seem to get bogged down with the tweaking and honing. Clearly, this is something I need to get better at.
2) I had to walk away from Somewhere on the Road to Me, at least for now. I love that story. I love those girls. But until I earn my revision chops, I need to let it rest in peace.
Looking back, the successes far outweighed the setbacks. It's been an amazing year for me as a writer, full of growth, opportunity, inspiration, friendship and joy. As we march forward, I wish all of you these same blessings and the satisfaction that invariably comes with them.
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