Last night as I was trying to fall asleep, I reflected on my attitude this year. Stress, anxiety, and general grumpiness has been my prevailing mood for some reason, and I’m really not sure why. Because as I look back over everything that’s happened this year—everything I’ve done—it’s been pretty amazing. Maybe that’s why. So many new, exciting things packed into 365 days can be overwhelming. I’m certainly a different person than I was in 2013 because of them. It’s been a year of transition, I think, and my brain is just now starting to catch up and realize it. So as a reminder and a gift to myself, I’m going to list all the great things that happened this year.
For me, 2014 was a year of friendship, overwhelming support, adventure, and accomplishment. I wish I could go into details but that would make this post ridiculously long, so I’ll list:
I finished CHARLOTTE ELEMENTAL. I started it two? three? years ago, and this year, I FINISHED it. Revisions and edits and all.
I entered CHARLOTTE ELEMENTAL in Pitch Wars on a whim, never thinking in a million years it would get picked. It did, and for the next two months, I worked with my amazing mentor, Julie Sondra Decker, to polish it up even more and now I love it. I love it so much. I thought I loved it before, but that was puppy love. Now I LOVE love it. Thank you, Julie.
I started querying for the first time. Scary stuff, that. But I’m doing it.
I wrote a new short story that surprised me.
I became a regular contributor to a fantastic writing blog called Thinking Through Our Fingers, which you should really go check out.
I started work on an ambitious fiction blog project called One Hundred Forty Characters which will launch early-mid January. I’ll have a blog post up with more details sometime next week, so keep an eye out for that.
I met several Twitter peeps in person this year and had a great time hanging out with each one. You are all such smart, fun people, and I’m so glad I got to meet you.
I took part in GISHWHES, like Pitch Wars, on a whim, and out of that discovered an amazing tight-knit, supportive group of friends. GISHWHES took place all the way back in August, and we still log into our Facebook group nearly every day just to say “hi,” and share our good news and bad, commiserate, offer hugs, and cheer each other up when things are rough. I love my team.
The 2014 Pitch Wars mentees and alternates have also formed a pretty close-knit group and we’re all still actively in contact, offering up support and commiseration with the querying process, new writing projects, and just general life stuff. Basically, I’ve met a lot of fantastic people this year, online and off.
I went to my first con ever, VanCon (a con for the TV show Supernatural) with Carey Torgesen. She shared a hotel room with me for three days and still likes me, so that’s pretty freaking awesome. We had so much fun at the con and walking around Vancouver, I can’t even begin to go over it all. Oh, and this happened:
And we also ate dinner one table away from Mark Pellegrino, which was actually a pretty bizarre coincidence because, though he played Lucifer on Supernatural, he didn’t actually take part in the con this year.
All in all, looking back, I’ve met some great people this year, grown closer to others, and accomplished a lot as a writer. It’s been a great year!
In 2015, I want to expand on those accomplishments, and also work on some more personal things that I’ve let slide. So here are a few of my goals for the coming year:
Goals for 2015:
Count your blessings
Remember to say “no”
Remember to say “yes”
Go on adventures
Find the good, the funny, or the entertaining in every situation
Go for walks
Write another book. Or two.
Drink more water
De-clutter both house and head
Diet and exercise for health, not for size
And remember—life is what you make it. Stay positive.