A bridge over a beautiful waterfall

A bridge over a beautiful waterfall
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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Writing Wednesday - A Writer's Year in Review

Today is my birthday.  I originally started this post to moan about how another year's gone and I'm not published yet.  I was going to catalog all of the bad things that happened in the past year and go off on how unfair life is.

Then I stopped to think.

I have one complete novel, two almost finished, two complete novellas, four or five short stories completed.  I did that in one year.  I made a bunch of new writing friends on Twitter, Facebook, and my blog.  I've done some things I thought I wouldn't do (submissions mainly) and I've had some interesting results.  Only one unpaid acceptance but one acceptance is still pretty damn good.

There are things I wish I'd done.  I wish I'd had my stories all set up to be published before I turned 34.  I wish I'd been more dedicated to my writing.  I wish I'd gotten short stories published.  But you know what?  While I wish it were better, I can say I am happy with my progress.

Only A Name is on its second round of revisions.  I may even have it finished by my birthday next year.  Cracked World and The Life Dancer are on hold but I've got plans for them.  Birth of the Silver Lady and my Beauty and the Beast rewrite are done and in their first stage edits.  So I've really done quite a bit in a year.

How about you?  How are your projects going?  Any plans for the next year?  What about the rest of this year?


  1. Annika, you've inspired me to write a look back on my last year in writing on my birthday next month, what a great idea! Thank you. :)

  2. Belated Happy Birthday!

    I tend to look back and see the bad things first too. Maybe it's part of my inate pessimism. :-)

    You got a lot accomplished in your year. You should be very proud of yourself!

  3. I have learned to just kind of take it one project at a time, one day at a time. Like my mom has always said, it's not what you could and wished you would have done, it's what you can do now. I think it's a good motto to take with when it comes to writing, too. Just keep on truckin'