New Years, Anniversaries, and Stuff Like That

While most people are making posts about their “New Years Resolutions/Goals” and whatnot, I have something else to be excited about today—it’s the day I officially started writing.  December 31, 2010.  I’d been writing a little before that, but I’d never taken it seriously and I didn’t do it consistently.  But that one day, everything changed.  (And it didn’t include any attacks from the Fire Nation.  Err…never mind.)

So, New Years Eve is, for me, my writing anniversary.  This year, I’ve been writing for four years.  It seems kind of fitting for today to be the day I look back at what I’ve accomplished for the year, doesn’t it?

So.  The beginning of the year, was, well, uneventful.  I wrote, but I didn’t write anything memorable and I didn’t really make any progress in writing.  I hardly learned anything, I completed absolutely nothing, and my confidence suffered greatly.  My blog suffered, too, I think, because I mostly posted complaints about this.

In June and July, I took a break from blogging while I went on vacation with the family (and I got to see more of the US in those two weeks than I’ve seen in my entire life).  I participated in Camp NaNo in July.

In August, or thereabouts, I did the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my writing life, and I killed two of my favorite darlings.  The character that I’d started my writing off with four years ago, as well as her “partner-in-crime”, neither of whom had a real story, and because of that, when I tried to write them, I wrote a whole lot of nothing.  Giving them their “happily ever after” and saying goodbye to them was the best thing I’ve ever done for my writing, because it forced me to move forward, but also the hardest thing.

In September/October, I wrote a…I’m not even sure if it’s a short story or a novella.  It’s like right there in the middle between the two.  However, I think that that story might have been one of my best works, ever.

In November, I participated in NaNoWriMo, and I completed my first novel in a year and a half.  The novel has a lot of flaws and weak points, and probably more of those than strengths, but I’m confident that I can make it something to be proud of with a lot of editing.

So…looking back?  This year has been slow.  And it hasn’t been my best year.  I could have done a whole lot better.  But I think this is ending on a higher note than it started off with, so I’m content for now.  Even if I wasn’t content, though, I don’t exactly own a time machine to go fix the year with, anyway.

Now, as for next year.  Do I have writing goals?  Of course.

  • In January, I plan to start editing my NaNoNovel, Oracular, and this time, I want to actually finish the editing process.
  • I want to finish one of my other long-time novels, Half-Cursed, and possibly edit that one, as well.
  • I want to do my research on traditional publishing versus self-publishing, and make a decision as to which one I want to do—and start preparing for it, hopefully with one of the two novels I mentioned above.

Those are the main ones.  I don’t have any particular reading goals, except to read a lot.  There are a few other goals, however, including some school related ones…

  • Do well on my school work.  I’m in my junior year, and I want it to count.
  • Finish up my drivers ed course and get my driver’s license.
  • Perhaps figure out what I’m going to do concerning college and whatnot.
  • Keep up in my German homework…at least do a little every day, including over the weekends.  If possible.
  • Exercise more.  I want to be able to do some every single day, but I don’t know if I can reasonably expect myself to do that, so at least several times a week.
  • Work on my self-esteem.  ’Nuf said.

And so…there it is.

Say, Kiwi, still need that link? Heheh.

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Two thousand… thirteen?

So, I’ve seen a few other people doing this, and I’m still procrastinating, so I figured I’d do it too. Here’s my review of the year.

Accomplishments:

  • I have written two full novels. One will probably be completely rewritten, probably for NaNoWriMo next year, but the other one is my big pride and joy, and I’m hoping I can publish that one. A hope I might fulfill, thanks to some awesome editors from Nano.
  • I have been writing almost every single day for two years, starting this evening, in fact. Funny time to start to write stories, on New Years Eve, huh?
  • In July, I went to summer camp for the first time. It was awesome. I hung out with my church friends, not only revealing things we have in common, but also that I’m an oddball compared to them. Hehe, none of them like my music, or understand being an introvert—for you who speak normal English, that’s another way of saying I’m antisocial. But, the best part about camp was the beginning, when I realized just what being Christian meant. That story I posted a while ago, The Cross was based off of my second night at camp.
  • I entered high-school this year. I’m not entirely sure how being a freshman is an accomplishment, but… whatever.
  • Now, for the more important part! What I will accomplish this next year!

  • Firstly, spend more time with my friends and family. You know, like discover the secret to not argue with my siblings. Assuming there is a secret.
  • Actually play the flute. My dad had been trying to get me to since I stopped way back in fourth grade, and I have the instrument and books and everything I need, I just need to… stop putting it off.
  • Finish the book I’m currently writing, rewrite my Nano novel, publish the other novel I’ve written, then write the sequel for it. That can all be done in twelve months while I get good grades at school… right?
  • Yep. So now we get to watch how much of that doesn’t get finished. That’s always how it works, right? You say you want to do, and that ensures it won’t happen. Which, I suppose is why Jordan made a non-New Years Resolution.” Nice idea.

    Anyways, I’m off to go hang out with some friends of mine for the evening. Hopefully I’ll also get some writing done, but we’ll see. I still haven’t even gotten anything written yet today. *grins sheepishly*

    So long!