I thought I’d take a leaf out of my dear sister Chelsea’s book and do a post about what I’ve accomplished for 2010 since, it being a sucky year, it might be a good perspectiviser (no, I know, it’s not a word) and not as depressing as it seems.
So, anyway, on with the perspectivising…
I have only had one sub out this year and it took a full year to have it rejected (yes, at partial stage). While I was waiting for that sub, I wrote four books, not including a second rewrite of the eventually rejected sub.
I’ve had two rejections. One for the above sub, and one for a pitch of a book I wrote a year or two ago.
I entered three contests. One I got nowhere. One I got lots of wonderful reader comments. And one I won. Two out of three ain’t bad. 🙂
I have had two requests. One from the editor for another story after the other two were rejected and one for the contest I won.
I have had about 30 thousands meltdowns (and that’s just in the last six months), given up writing for good at least as much, thrown myself on the couch and torn my hair about 100 times, sulked in my bed, ate chocolate and whined on 50 separate occasions, whined generally about writing and about how other people are doing waaaay better than me and why can’t I catch a break pretty much every week for the past year, and actively grumped at the family when the writing wasn’t going well every day.
I have gained an iPad, an octopus and the numbers 4 and 0 after my age.
I have also learned a whole lot about my process, about how to keep teh sexxay emotional, how to make sure conflict is there from the first page, and how to keep my conflicts simple! I am still learning and no doubt in the next year will learn even more.
And last but definitley not least, I have made so many wonderful friends through this blog, through conferences, through CPs and through writing in general and that made the Year of Suck infinitely more bearable.
So, thanks guys. For listening to my moanings and general crapola, for being supportive and patient with me. And for all your lovely encouraging comments this year.
Oh yes and ending on a hopeful note, I have three subs out there (sending my third tonight) now so am hoping one of them hits the target to make 2011 the Year of Win!
Any major revelations for 2010 that anyone wants to share? Writing ones not things like llamas are bigger than frogs or anything (which they are, oddly enough).