JB: Usually I do a review of the goals I posted in January, but not this year, because, frankly I wiped out on almost all of them. There were a myriad of reasons for my failure, just a few were:
It was an emotionally challenging year
I was physically ill for an extended period of time
I had to deal with some life-changing personal issues
I moved to another state
But before you go thinking the year was a total wash for me, some great things happened too.
And NEARLY DEPARTED was published by Gemma Halliday Publishing.
(While I didn’t reach my goals, four books in a year isn’t too shabby.)
I hit the Amazon Best Seller lists multiple times with multiple books, which was SUCH a thrill.
A television writer/producer approached me about pitching The Neurotic Hitwoman books as a TV series. What a ride THAT’S been.
I’ve had the opportunity to interact with some amazing fans.
I’ll be sure to post my goals for 2014 in January. Now that my personal life is in a different place, I’m hoping I can concentrate on my professional goals and have an amazing year.
B.E.: I don't usually do these kinds of wrap-ups. Whatever happens in the twelve months prior has happened. But since this was my idea, I suppose I should take a moment to figure out what the heck happened in 2013.
Let's see... Long stories short, here's my year in review:
- January: Hubs announces his retirement and the home search begins in earnest.
- February: First two house inspections comes back horrible. We move the Kid to Michigan. I start writing a new book.
- March: Third house comes back clean, but after some difficulties with a realtor, we back out. Fourth house is the charm. Loads of packing, cleaning, and goodbyes.
- April: We move from CO to MO, and begin getting our home in order.
- May: Settled in, I get back to work, deciding against finishing new book and opting to edit a forgotten manuscript for publication. Landscaping begins.
- June: Editing, landscaping, more settling in.
- July: blur of heavy-duty landscaping work in the summer heat.
- August: Familial drama abounds. I finish editing and decide not to pursue publication.
- September: blur
- October: More landscaping
- November: NaNoWriMo
- December: I'm sitting here trying to figure out where my career is headed and what 2014 will bring.
I wish I had some publication news for all y'all. I wish I could say I won the lottery, too, but that was some other lucky saps.
ETA: JB reminded me that I forgot to say anything about my submission process with Harper Voyager. I submitted along with 4800+ other people in October of 2012, and as of December 2013, I'm one of the last 298 still alive in the process.
How did 2013 treat all of you? Have any good news to share? Or was it all just a blur?