My mind is as strong as the odor of cat litter and as sticky as my chocolate-scented flesh feels, so no, I didn’t miss the fact that we’ve entered a new year and decade. It’s just that reaching such a milestone tends to make me introspective and less chatty; ergo no New Years Day blog post to date. May I make up for that now?
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!
How does it feel to bid 2009 goodbye? I know a lot of people more than ready to turn the page on the calendar.
For a while I even belonged to that camp. When I focussed only on words accrued on my work-in-progress (RMH), I wanted to do a slow dance off a fast ocean liner. In cement heels.
Then I did a post-mortem and discovered I’d been busier than I thought. For instance, in writing-related tasks alone, I’d:
- Joined FaceBook and now have over 700 friends, some of whom are kind enough to follow links in to this site
- Started and contributed to a small and supportive FB group for writers (the Cherry Tarts)
- Found an even larger support group for writers and joined it (Absolute Write)
- Took part in three mash-ups
- Discovered and began to consistently peruse several publishing-industry-related blogs
- Read — both novels and non-fiction (I didn’t keep stats, but the quantity has to be in the lower three-digit range)
- Began my blog May 30, 2009 and now have 89 posts published. (Not half bad for someone who didn’t know a scrap of CSS when she began, or what she’d say beyond a few entries.)
- Advanced my work-in-progress
- Beat back the Imposter Syndrome eleventy-seven times
- Placed second in the only writing contest I’ve ever entered (first 20 pages and synopsis)
- Went to my first Romance Writers of America Nationals in Washington, DC
- Attended two other writing conferences
- Found two critique partners who have taught me a ton, become good friends, and given RMH’s hero and heroine a much better chance of seeing the light of day
- Payed it forward by critiquing on other websites — Flogging the Quill, Public Query Slushpile, Query Letter Hell
- Hit up one Laura Kinsale for a blog interview
- Had one Laura Kinsale agree to do a blog interview (coming at the end of this month)
Of course, I could wish that I’d finished RMH and begun revisions on my other two books, but I find that concentrating on what I have achieved makes it more likely I’ll continue to move forward.
As for 2010, if I continued in my writing-related projects at the overall pace set in 2009, I’d be very pleased indeed.
How about you? If you write, have you created specific New Year’s goals with a timetable and spreadsheet and public accountability? Or are you like me and just determined to keep baby-stepping yourself to publication? And if you have indulged your OCD and made New Year’s resolutions, which one has you the most excited?