In March I had to delay plans and goals because we discovered my sisters new guide dog was arriving, that was alright, I could adjust, that is after all what ROW80 is about. It was still working well, this 2012. Then in June everything appeared to crash around my ears, writing-wise. Heart failure struck with little warning and I slept the summer away, I thought. In between sleep my brain functioned barely at all, I thought.
It seems I wasn’t thinking very well because when I looked today to see what my original goals for this year had been, I scored reasonably well. Instead of the year being a washout (as our summer weather was:) I found I had been reasonably successful.
My main aims were to start The Ancestor’s Tale – well I did during the JuNoWrMo and clocked up 80,000 words. Of course it would have been nice to have finished and published this year but hey ¾ way through:) – Sort of!
Finish Blue Moon (2011’s nano) Nope – nothing of any consequence added. Did three field trips researching for background though. –No
Finish Purple Turtles (short stories) well I didn’t because my friend from forever/editor wanted me to concentrate on the fantasy short stories and so The Fiddling Feline, the Flea and the Frog et al was conceived and published:) –Yes-ish
Create the book trailers for each of the Sefuty Chronicles – well I managed two of the three:) and have just completed The Fiddling Feline – due to be uplifted this week Yes-ish:)
Join in challenges as and when –
ROW80, I missed a few weeks but overall managed so Yes:)
Write a short story a day –Yes:)
also almost finished a short story a week(finishes for me early next year) – Reckon that will be a Yes:)
NaNoWrMo (the birth of Menko)Yes:)
Blogging: At the beginning of the year I created two new blogs, then separated the two I already had and spread content between the four, so that different interests were in different places. I thought, this year, I had failed badly in regards to blogging, however on counting them up I found that I blogged 164 times over the four sites. Amazed myself. I was pleased to find that I have managed 16 Red Carpet Days with guests. I also managed every other month to post on Insecure Writers. Of course quite a few ROW80, and not to forget 26 for A-Z:) but I also managed to post book reviews, lifestyle and Sefuty Chronicle blogs so for me a Yes:)
Networking was difficult at times, however, I did manage to a certain degree. Joining 4 tribes on Triberr, so now when I have guest the potential reach for their interviews, book spots etc is far wider. So from a limited level a Sort off
I did many writing/editing workshops this year with savvy and although for many of them I did little in the way of active participation I have learnt a great deal and I have all the notes so that, now my energy returns, I can try and catch up a bit, another Sort off
I was successful in all my reading challenges – well why not I had a mass of time lying on my bed to indulge. On all, except two, have finished the course Yes:) and the other two why I have until the end of the year I might make it a full house yet:)
As you can see I did better than I had thought – no novels this year but a collection and the smaller goals pretty good – am happy. The upside of the lack of novels is that in those endless hours of drifting and without the hurly burley distractions of everyday life, I have in my mind strengthen the plot lines, come up with some new scenes and am happier about the forward motion of both of them. Sometimes one needs rest and if not taken willingly? well enforced rest will still do.
Apart from a couple of booked guest posts and helping Shah with her book launch will be doing little actually writing over the festivities. Am going to concentrate a bit on updating my family history files, tidy up the childhood bit ready for a one off print version, edit all posts for last 2 years for the same. Will prob. play with software a bit and train dragon a some more. Read, read and gen. do nothing much.
I hope everyone else was satisfied with their year and am looking forward to seeing you all again next year.