Wednesday, December 30, 2015

2015: A Year In Blog

Let's see. What did I do in 2015, writing wise?

Well, let's start with the biggest news of the year: I published a novella! I wrote Pearl, I had the manuscript beta-read, I found a wonderful copyeditor, bought a pre-made cover, and figured out how to code an e-book and put it up on Amazon and other places for sale. I learned about a whole new realm of writing life by self-publishing.

And people have bought it. People I definitely don't know have bought it. Whut?!

I also put up a Facebook Author page so I could stop clogging up my friends' feeds with writing things. I joined two historical fiction-related groups on Facebook as well. I posted on and read a few author threads on Goodreads. I continued on with the Insecure Writer's Support Group. On AbsoluteWrite, there is now a hangout thread in the Historical Writing sub forum which is super fun as well. So, still trying to make connections with fellow hist fic types.

Writing wise, other than Pearl, my writing friend Randi Lee asked me to be part of an anthology, which will come next year (I'll keep you posted) and I started and threw out one short story and then more quickly wrote another one for it.

I also wrote, in a haze of happy thoughts and quick typing, a very long fan fiction that I shared with my best friends. They agreed that I've finally learned a bit more about plotting.

What else? I completed my reading challenge of 42 books.

I delved back into research for my Victorian novel, which I haven't worked on in a while, but is definitely in focus for 2016. It's going to be full-on historical because the modern half I'd been playing with simply doesn't work. Or as my friend Katie said, "I can't see you writing romance novels, but I can definitely see you writing a really messed up love story."

I decided to make guest posts a thing---because I'm running out of ideas :-) In 2015, there were 9 guests on the blog. I hope to have a lot more in the coming year!

I went to Elsie Fest and I saw Hamilton. Both were inspiring and fun. I also went to my friend Edie's wedding this August.

I lost my grandfather in May, but my cousin's baby daughter was born in November, so the circle of life goes on.

Have a happy and healthy New Year, everyone!

10 comments:

  1. I was wondering what you were doing with Victoria and crew. I'm glad you figured some things out and that it's still on the list. I really like Victoria! Cheers to Pearl and an awesome 2016!! :D

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    1. I really like Victoria, too. I definitely have some ideas in that quarter that don't involve a modern day component--at least not in the way I was thinking of it earlier, so that's cool. Plus, as my friend said, maybe more messed-up love story than a smooth romantic one. Happy New Year!

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  2. Your grandfather aside, I say you had a pretty good year. It was wonderful to watch you grow as a more confident writer this year. I look forward to following your journey next year, as well!

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    1. Sometimes I feel like I'm not doing enough or I haven't moved forward year to year...and that's why I started doing these end-of-year posts. And thank you so much Randi for your support! The anthology will kick off my writing next year in style!

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  3. What an awesome year you've had Michelle! Cheers to 2016 and all the greatness it will bring you!

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    1. yay! Thanks Michelle! I think we all did some cool things this year! Happy 2016!

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  4. Sounds like a good year! Here's to an amazing and equally productive (if not more so!) 2016!

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  5. You have accomplished ALOT!! Congrats! :)

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