Friday, January 11, 2013

Dusting Off the Blog

It's nice to be back after the holidays. I've been reflecting on the past year and the best word I can use to describe 2012 is that it was emotional. Although I won't get specific, my family experienced some wonderful highs and some difficult lows. But all in all, the year ended on a good note where the highs outweighed the lows.

November's NaNoWriMo proved to be what I needed to kick start my current WiP. For some reason I could not get past the first couple hundred words - they simply weren't working. Even though I didn't reach 50,000 words, I finally pushed past the beginning and ended up with 10,000 more words than I had on October 31st.

We've been having quite a bit of computer issues which involved buying a new hard drive, making sure my writing was saved, which it was thanks to a previous back up, and transferring files to a new hard drive. Don't let the techy talk fool you. What I didn't mention is how long I had my sis-in-law on the phone while I panicked about about clicking anything for fear I'd lose files or transfer a virus to the new computer). I spent a productive night this week editing what I had written so far and I feel like I'm moving in the right the direction. I'm looking forward to finally having a free weekend to work on this. No working title yet which is a bit frustrating but I'm confident it will come in time. Usually, I have a title by this point, but so far...nothing. And so I'll continue calling it YAGS (Young Adult Ghost Story) for now. If that awful name doesn't inspire me to come up with a title, nothing will!

My goal this year is to finish YAGS, type THE END and send it to a few willing beta readers. I'm itching to move toward my pursuit of publication, and this year should be the perfect year to make some big steps in that direction.

Also, I hope to spruce up the blog over the next couple of weeks. I'm ready for a change.

Do you have any goals for 2013, writing or otherwise? Do share. I'd love to read about them.


  1. "Dusting off the blog" LOL. Same here. My goals for 2013 are more writing. I hope to complete a recipe book and a collection of essays. And I'm not real sure where blogging is going to fit into all of that.

    1. What wonderful goals, Karen. I'm not sure where blogging will fit in with my goals either, but I'm determined to write more.

  2. Good to have you back, and you know I would love to be a beta for you.

    I've got several goals and a number of decisions to make this year. I think it might be a bigger year than 2012, which was truly awesome.

    As for blogging, I am seeing a real change, and not for the better. I'm starting to think I may not blog in 2014, but I'll see how this year goes.


  3. Go you! I love it when people don't give up on their dreams. And 10k words is huge when you were stuck at a couple hundred forever.

  4. Well, besides being more connected and involved through the world of social media, I'm looking forward to querying my latest novel and hoping this is "the one". I'm also hoping to write (and finish) my next novel, move with my hubs and twin girls to Puerto Rico, and start the next exciting adventure in our lives. :D