So 2012 was a pretty darn good year, if I do say so myself.
I finally got off my ass about being serious about writing, and braved the rejection filled world of submissions. I learned that patience and perseverance are key to making it in this world, as well as a tough skin, but not one so tough that you can't see the joy in each rejection, because each one is another step towards that goal of being able to hold you head high and squeal like a little girl when you see your work in print.
And out of the rejections I acquired this year, I was lucky enough to get a couple that were more than your stock rejections, and two contracts for publication. So yes, it's been a good year spent focusing on my writing, and my dream of being an author.
I also managed to survive another year in retail, which is always good, since that's another brutal world. XD
I read 220 books, successfully completed my 10th year of NaNoWriMo, making it my 7th win, participated in a 5K run/obstacle course with zombies, and while I crossed the finish line as a zombie I was able to get up the next day and move, and I started the process of reconnecting with my stepfather.
All in all, a good year.
As for 2013; well, here's my tentative list:
Try not to freak out completely when Jan 23 sneaks up, and Rock n Roll Seraphim is released into the wide world.
Finish the rewrite of 2012's NaNo monstrosity, and submit it.
Submit to as many of my, currently 15, submission calls as possible.
Sign up for, and participate in this year's Run For Your Lives 5K, this time trying to cross the finish line as a human.
Start working with my Da on our joint writing project in between my other writing projects.
Keep the blog updated, regularly, not just willy-nilly like this year.
Take two on trying not to freak out when August rolls around, and Put You in a Song comes out.
Rewrite The Alighieri, or add more to this world; not sure yet.
Attend a couple more conventions.
Make this year's AM2 the most amazing thing Ash and I can.
Be happy, and proud of myself, no matter what anyone says, because I'm worth it, and eventually I'll find that special someone who'll be able to accept my writing, my quirks, and will sweep me off my feet. XD
Happy New Year everyone! May it be a fantastic year for you and yours!