1. Write a novel
Whoops, I totally didn't do this. I wrote a lot. My longest story was about 14,000 words (and that was a piece of fan fiction). So, no novel. Not even close. However, here's what I did accomplish:
- 45 submissions, which beats last year's record of 39
- 4 acceptances
- 3 publications
- Finalist in the Writers of the Futures contest. Finally.
2. Apply to a writers workshop
I applied to two workshops and attended one, which was a highlight of my year. I would highly recommend the Launchpad workshop to any science fiction writer who needs to brush up on their astronomy. Not only were the lessons fantastic, I also made some great friends.
3. Take better care of myself
As I said one year ago today, when you're a mother, you tend to put your own priorities and well-being last on the list. Starting in September, for the first time, all three of my children were in school full-time. (My youngest had previously been in half-day kindergarten.) That gave me a few hours every week to focus on me. I've been doing my writing a couple of times a week at my local Starbucks, which I enjoy. I saw a couple of movies in an actual movie theater. And in June, my husband and I celebrated our 10th anniversary with a week in San Diego. I'll call this goal a success.