A Year in Blog: 2014

2014 NaNoWriMo Winner's Shirt!

2014 was quite an exciting year, writing-wise.

I finished draft four of The Keegans of Banner's Edge and began querying it, thereby receiving my first rejection letters. But still, I finished a book, queried it, and the rejections weren't that terrible, so better luck next time!

Some of my blogging buddies and I formed a loose writing group called The Consonants. Although we haven't had a regular chat in a  while, we do email each other asking for input and advice and a bit of critique. Yay writing friends :-)!

I challenged myself to read 40 books not of the research variety in 2014 and succeeded, surpassing 40 and making it to 46 books read for the challenge and maybe more like 50 total for the year, counting books I'm reading for fiction research purposes. I might go for 42 books in 2015.

I took a tiny step in making some of my fiction more public by posting fan fiction on Fanfiction.net. Granted, I haven't finished the last story I was posting on there and probably won't finish it; I've just run out of steam and original writing beckons.

The We Need Diverse Books campaign swept Twitter with its very important message and I signed up to be a volunteer.

I was honored to be a bridesmaid at my friend Katie's wedding!

I won another blogging award (thank you Krystal) and took part in several blog hops.

I joined the Insecure Writer's Support Group and am discovering new writer acquaintances through that network. Also, through the IWSG, I became a published writer this year because of an article I contributed to The Insecure Writer's Support Group Guide to Publishing and Beyond. My name is in an e-book, y'all. That's exciting stuff!

I saw The Script in concert.

I won NaNo '14 with the project I'm currently revising, which is already turning out much better than The Keegans of Banner's Edge. I'm 10K in to draft two.

Have a great New Year, everyone! See you in 2015.


  1. That does sound like a pretty kick-ass year when chronicled like that. Congrats! And here's to an even more exciting/productive/note-worthy 2015!!

    1. I chronicled 2013 in a similar way, so decided to do it again, since I actually managed to query a manuscript this year :-) Yay! End the year with a positive :-)

  2. Yay! Congratulations on your first foray into querying land!! May there be not too many more. :)

    Yay, books!!! Wow! Go for it!! I realized last week I haven't even been tracking my books, so my total is pretty dismal. Not that it's not dismal anyway. And I'm pretty sure they have me down for a couple of books I started and didn't finished. o.O

    Alright! Already on draft two! Go, go! ^_^
    I hope it turns out sparkling! Happy 2015!!!

    1. Thank you, thank you. I now know that I can take a rejection letter well, so can't wait 'til I'll be finished with this book and it's out to beta readers and such.

      I'm trying to decide what to read first in the new year. I'm all kinds of poised to get the next Outlander book (book 6), a Lisa See book, and SL Huang's Half Life and I don't know which one to start with!

      I'm in chapter four, to be more precise.

  3. Whoo for writing friends! Sounds like such an awesome year for you! And great job with the reading goals! HAPPY 2015!!!

    1. Yay writing friends! Who else is going to understand query angst? :-)

  4. Congratulations on a fantastic 2014! Here's to an even better 2015 with an Athy book on the shelves! And more Script concerts in Tokyo, NYC.

    1. Thank you, sweetie! Congrats on your bar, Ms. Lawyer. I doubt the next book will actually be published in 2015, but maybe a short story...or another essay...I intend to learn more about Kindle Direct Publishing this year.

      And more Script concerts in Tokyo, 34th Street lol! They are going to be touring with No Sound Without Silence.

  5. Haha we need to get the group to meet more often lol :) omg what a great year! And here is to another awesome one!!:)
    I need to prepare myself to make 2015 HUGE!


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