It’s fashionable to do these, so here it is: a listing of the important things I did (and didn’t do) this year.
On the whole, this has to have been both the best and worst year I’ve had, professionally. On the “worst” end of the spectrum, I found myself having difficulty remaining focused on projects. On the short fiction front, I finished a decent draft of one novelette, and started a second story which I never finished, but no short fiction got submitted this year. In fact, my inventory is currently sitting at zero. I never subbed the finished story because I ended up deciding to roll it over into a novel. On the novel-writing front, I think I did pretty well. I managed to cut 50k from the latest version of the novel and start the agent hunt. I also wrote a new novel, which I still don’t have a title for, but that took most of the year to write. I’ve taken this last month off to just do nothing and let the creative batteries recharge after making that final push to finish the novel during NaNoWriMo. Funny how I feel like I didn’t get much done this year.
On the “best” end of the spectrum, I landed an agent this year and we’ve blazed a significant trail through the in-boxes of many an editor in New York. No novel sale yet, but I did make a reprint sale this year, to Escape Pod. And my last short story appeared in Space and Time in January or February. While there isn’t much stuff listed in the “best” category, this does feel like a year in which I accomplished the most significant stuff of my career so far, mainly making that leap to being represented and making a push into the novel market. I’m finally one significant step closer to doing what I really want to do, and that’s being a novelist.
On that note, I’ve made a decision about what I want to do with writing from here on out. I want to focus on novel-writing; if a short story comes to me, then of course I’ll write it, but I’m not going to push myself to write short fiction anymore. Novel-length is my most comfortable length and that’s where I want to focus my efforts. I may eventually come back to writing short fiction, but for now, I want to follow my muse, and it’s got at least one other novel idea I’d like to try out.
As for resolutions, I don’t like to make those. Then there’s nothing to feel bad about when I miss the mark. I do have plans for the first couple of months of the year, involving getting the latest novel into shape and ready to submit, but beyond that, I want to let the muse show me the way when I get there.