It has been…a year. Its totally cliche to say this has been a year of highs and lows, but it seriously has. It’s been a year of reflection for me – realizing that what doesn’t kill me really DOES make me stronger. And that things happen for a reason. Its been a big year for balance for me – there were bad and good things that have happened, but all in all the good and the bad have equaled out.
Hmm. I wonder how many cliched sayings I can fit into one blog post.
Without going into details, this was a year that my professional life took another step forward — my fantastic agent sold my first two novels — while my personal life kinda cracked apart. I spent a good portion of the year writing, then rewriting, then rewriting some more, a novel that still needs some room to breathe before its considered ‘done.’ I wrote a good chunk of the intro to my contracted book two, and then set that aside while I was waiting for the book to sell. And then just recently I picked up a new idea just to wriet “something” and found a whole lot of voice that I wasn’t expecting.
Truth be told, my life is nowhere near where I thought it would be at this time last year. This time last year, I was still adjusting to living by myself again, struggling with the day job, fingers crossed about my novel, etc etc etc. I lost some friends, and gained a whole lot of new ones. Now my novels are sold, the day job is no more, and I’ve spent most of the last month getting closer to my family.
I did some goals for last year and posted them on my blog, but the only one I really managed to accomplish (I think) was to quit smoking. Which I did back in March.
Total words written in 2009: About 150K.
Total finished projects: *sigh* 0
New friends made: tons.
And then my writing goals for 2010:
- Complete edits on WITCH EYES for editor Brian.
- Finish draft of SPIRIT GAMES and send to agent.
- Outline sequel to SPIRIT GAMES that’s already mostly written.
- Send 50 page sample of MOONSET (current plaything) to agent.
- Finish writing MOONSET.
- Once edits are done, finish writing sequel to WITCH EYES.
So my goals for 2010 are basically to finish writing 3 books, all in various stages of completion. I’m thinking I might do a monthly check-in or something, just to see how far I’ve gotten over the course of the year.
Right now at the end of the year, we’re looking at:
10615 / 80000 words. 13% done!
SPIRIT GAMES: (needs a new intro, and a new climax and ending)
59765 / 70000 words. 85% done!
DEMON EYES (WITCH EYES sequel):
22097 / 90000 words. 25% done!