I began the year with one major focus: Write 250,000 words.
This did not happen, largely because two of my ongoing writing projects involve coauthors, and it's just harder to be in control of word count when you're trying to get inspiration to coincide for two different people.
However, instead of focusing on the "failure" of not reaching my goal, I'm counting the year a solid WIN on the writing front for the following reasons.
- I proved to myself that I can have a 250K year, and some future year when my horizon involves just me, myself, and I on the project front, I'm absolutely going to try again.
- I finished two new manuscripts, including the first draft of the Superhero Thing, which I've been through-the-roof excited about since the idea for it was born over two years ago. It felt wonderful to finally put some real clothes on it.
- One other thing. Oh, um... what was it?.... OH YEAH! I got an agent!!! Jennifer Mishler, of Literary Counsel, who is going to help me get my babies off to college, as it were.
Another goal was to read half as many books as Kate (or E.K. Johnston, as the internet will soon more widely know her). I think I mostly succeeded. By my count, I read 31 published books. And "Way of Kings" is just under 400,000 words long so that must count for at least three, right? Again, the spirit of the goal was to get more reading done and it's definitely an improvement on last year. So woo-hoo! Go me!!
Here is the roundup of Books Read in 2013 as tracked via Pinterest.
Oh yeah. My sister made me join Pinterest. That happened. (Later, in a similar vein, Kate made me join tumblr).
On the traveling front, I made my usual visit to Atlanta for Dragon Con, of course. Went with my Mom to the Outer Banks for a whole week of relaxing beachiness. I think I got four or five of those aforementioned books read during that week. The amazing photo above (of me looking like actually know what the heck I'm doing on the yoga front) is a product of that week. I went to Canada for a brief visit with Kate to help her move. I went to the strange northern land of Michigan twice, once for my friend Emma's wedding shower and once for the wedding that went with it.
I had some lovely staycations too, with my friend Rachel coming to visit in May and my friend Megan coming to visit in August. Both times I took my out-of-towners to Cedar Point. In the second instance we met Emma out there and we rode the Millenium Force FIVE TIMES and got epic roller coaster photos. I've never bought roller coaster photos before-- that day I bought THREE. It was also the fulfillment of a resolution ten years in the making, for Emma and I to meet up at Cedar Point, the natural halfway point between my home in Ohio and her home in the strange northern land of Michigan. Yes, we've been talking about doing this since we were first internet friends..a long time ago, on a forum far, far away...
(It was just in time, too, considering a few weeks later Emma and her husband moved to Chicago. As such, "meeting halfway at Cedar Point" wouldn't have been quite as accurate).
And finally (not chronologically, but just what I decided to mention last for reasons of epic significance in my life), in September I went with my Mom to NYC. We visited Megan, saw some sites, went to see "First Date" on Broadway, and THIS HAPPENED:
The iPad doesn't take the highest caliber photos, alas, but otherwise I couldn't have been happier with how this picture turned out. It fills me with delight every time I see it. Zachary Levi is a charming, gracious, talented guy, and after five years of steady fangirl crushing I'm so happy I finally got to meet him!
It's been a whirlwind of a year, including some personal family stuff that I won't disclose. And there's another one right on its heels. Bring it on, 2014!