- Started blogging with YA Highway. Aside from getting agented, this is probably the most important thing to happen last year, career-wise. Big thanks to my meese for seeing potential in me and welcoming me into the
- Posted my first teaser from Refuge, my YA paranormal.
- Started the Twitter version of Field Trip Friday
- Finished 4th draft of Refuge
- Passed Refuge to non-family/BFF betas for the first time
- Played along with Cory's "How Writers Do It" series
- Started the Two For Tuesday meme
- Almost deleted an email as spam before realizing it was from an honest-to-god real live agent, asking me to query her when Refuge was ready. Blogs matter!
- Started querying. My kitchen got really, really clean.
- Heard back on a ridiculous "Wayne's World" themed query. Was pleased to get a partial request instead of a place on agent's blacklist.
- Started writing After the Fall, a comtemporary.
- Posted the first (and only) teaser from ATF.
- Decided that response to Refuge meant it needed serious revisions.
- Started querying ATF.
- Got a lot of full requests, really quickly.
- Got a plane and headed to LA to meet a bunch of writing goddesses at SCBWI.
- Freaked with goddesses about impending first offer.
- Flew home, got some more offers, made super hard decision, and announced that uber-agent Michelle Andelman is now stuck with me for life (a post that has since gotten more hits than anything else on this blog, ever).
And here's where it gets really honest, kids, because not a lot has happened since then. I had some disappointments, some encouragement, and some general floundering as I tried to balance "real" life as I knew it with a change in my real life job and my suddenly very real writing life. I'm embarrassed to say that we could probably just skip ahead to January 2011. But in the interest of posterity...
- I started what is supposed to be an almost full-time job, but hasn't been, for various reasons, including a three month run of constant minor illnesses in the family.
- Started half-assed research for Refuge rewrites.
- Discovered Tumblr. Mourned loss of productivity.
- Outlined a possible new contemporary. Lost interest after finishing synopsis.
- Continued to stress about time management and my sudden inability to write. At the time, I thought I was going crazy and/or had lost all mojo. In retrospect, pretty sure I needed a fallow period to regroup after all the excitement of August.
- Spent a lot of time with family. I got to pet a kangaroo. A monkey peed on my kids. Fuel for future writing, right?
- Had surgery.
- Redid my website.
- Continued to stress.
- Deathly effin Hallows, y'all.
- Yelled "Y U NO [verb]" a lot.
- Started Refuge research in earnest.
- Stressed some more
- Started Refuge rewrites in earnest.
- Decided to rename Refuge. I'll share after I get the agent's stamp of approval.
- Hit 200 blog followers! Thanks guys!
Finally realized I need to treat writing like a career. No more apologizing for the time it takes to blog and brainstorm and beta read. That's all part of it, and it's up to me to balance it. That's my only real resolution for 2011: Make it work.
So that's where I am now. The book formerly-known-as-Refuge is coming along slowly. The changes are massive but really exciting. (How do y'all feel about combining witches and wild west outlaws? y/y?)
I'm making some changes to the way I approach my time management, and thanks to the husband, I'll be spending this Saturday in a hotel with nothing to do but write. More importantly, I feel for the first time in months like I can make good use of that time. Like I'm moving forward again.
And in the meantime, I'll be here, bringing you guys the random and the sparkly and the otherwise amusing and the love. SO MUCH LOVE. This gif makes me think of y'all, because real friends are always there for you, even when you hit the wall. Or wire, as the case may be.
Happy New Year, guys. <3