Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Leaving 2012 and Starting 2013 - Heroes & Heartbreaks!

Happy New Year and Welcome to 2013!

It's time for a review of the year...

At the start of 2012 my single resolution was to take a chill pill and calm down. Find time to relax.

Did I manage that?

Er, no.

Probably would have been easier to have decided to lose four stone or run a marathon, seeing as this year has been the singularly most stressful year of my working life.  But no matter. I have put some balance into my life.

So what about WRITING GOALS?

Okay, I've deviated from my 2012 writing goals too.

I haven't rewritten Merely Players, but I have replotted it.

I am mid-way through redrafting / editing its sequel, Boundless as the Sea.  This wouldn't be possible without the brilliant and honest critique provided by the World's Finest Critique partner, Andrea AKA Jessica Baker, a wonderful romance author with a funny and delightful Regency romance which will soon be snapped up by a lucky publisher.

I have put Daughters on Leda on ice. Boo hoo. But not forever. Just until.... (?)

But I've half written a contemporary paranormal, Banshee, (thank you NANOWRIMO) which will be completed in 2013. My inspiration for writing that was a fabulous lady called Incy Black, part of a super special romance writing critique group the DASHING 100 (Aimee, Joanne and Andrea/Jessica you know who you are).

I have written lots of flash fiction - my absolute favourite being the ongoing 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop AKA #12DaysBop.  This is the brainchild of the wonderful Stacy Bennett-Hoyt.

Stacy is one of my super special FICTIONISTAS- four lovely, clever, creative and supportive writers who together form a very special community that has become my writerly spiritual home. I've a lot to thank these ladies for - laughter, support and help on every step of my writing journey. Thank you to Ruth, Kern, Stacy and Jenn for being so great.

Just like last year, the road to the supportive, funny and talented worldwide community of writers has been Twitter, the world's finest way of connecting with the world's finest people.  From fabulous FAIRY QUEENS (stand up Anna Meade, Diane J Reed, Sophie Moss, Afsaneh K and Otter AKA Ailsa Abraham) through to CLASSICAL MUSES (yoo hoo! Chris Ledbetter, Melanie Selemidis and Laura Shamas), HISTORIANS (yeay for Mathew Lyon), TEAM NANO (Laura James, Marjie Myers/Kate, Tony, Sarah, Miranda Kate and Rachel Brown who is a constant inspiration) and FLASH FICTIONEERS like Mark EthridgeJeffrey Hollar and Lisa Hollar (horror queen extraordinaire).

A big thank you to all of these people who made NaNoWriMo so much fun, who helped me through blockages, plot terrors and self doubt.  You're all writing super stars and I thank you all so much.

Resolution wise, this year I'm keeping it simple: Balance in all things. 

That's all.

Writing goal wise, I want to:

1. Finish #12DaysBop

2. Launch our 12th Night Masquerade Contest

3. Complete my edits on Boundless as the Sea.

4. Finish Banshee.

That is all.

It's still quite a lot.

Wish me luck!


Sophie Moss said...

I can't wait to read your first book when it comes out! :) Happy New Year and it's been so wonderful to meet you, too. I'm so thankful for the community of writers that has grown on Twitter! :)

Kern Windwraith said...

What a lovely post, Meg. I'm glad you were able to find even a small amount of balance in what has been a pretty crazy year for you. In spite of that craziness, you have managed to write some of the most delicious pieces of flash fiction on the web, and I am honoured to be part of your your writing community.

Your writing goals for 2013 look sensible and do-able. With the rest of your Fictionista team, I'll be here to cheer you on as you chip away at them!

Unknown said...

Excited for you and look forward to celebrating all your completed projects!

Aimee Duffy said...

Thanks so much Meg! I hope you manage all your achievements and don't work too hard or you'll end up grey like me :) xxx