No matter how hard one tries to avoid it, this is the time of year when one can’t help but look back on the year that has gone and reflect, and make plans and resolutions for the one to come. At the start of last year (and it is scary to call it last year!) I listed some of my goals and, while I didn’t achieve all of them, I feel like I did have a red hot crack. While on a personal level it has been an up and down year, and went pretty pear shaped right at the end, when it comes to my writing I can look back with a degree of satisfaction. Amongst the highlights were:
- Attending three conventions, Swancon, Continuum and Conflux
- Collaborating on a story with Brendan Duffy
- Getting to write a story featuring the Lone Ranger
- My first Australian sale
- Starting a blogging series on New who with Tehani and Tansy
- Completing NaNoWriMo
While the writing achievements have been wonderful, it has been the people I have met and been able to spend time with that have made it a year to remember. I am continually amazed and overwhelmed by the support and generosity shown by the people in the Australian spec fic community. I (like many writers) am a little shy and find it hard to mix in new circles, so it has been incredible how welcomed I have been made to feel by people.
And, on the writing side of things, I can definitely see real development in my craft. That has been a result of some excellent critiquing by people like the SuperNOVA writers group and Steve Cameron (amongst many others) who have continually pushed me to improve, plus a lot of writing and rewriting. Hopefully I will see the same rate of improvement in the coming year.
When I look back at the goals I set last year, it is a bit of mixed bag. That’s okay, I did set some pretty lofty goals and there are only one or two that I feel that i left myself down on, rather than it being outside my control. For example, I was disappointed with not keeping up with my blogging better than I did, which is my fault, while not making a pro sale is a little harder to make happen. So, for this year my goals are (as a minimum):
- 15,000 new words a month
- Attend two conventions
- Two pro sales
- Regular blogging
- Sell at least one non fiction piece to a major media outlet
- Get the draft of my novel to a submissable state
- Participate in the Australian Women Writers 2012 Reading and Reviewing Challenge
Bring it on!