Ensign’s Log, Entry 41: 2016 Writing Highlights

Ensign’s Log, Entry 41: 2016 Writing Highlights

This year has been a series of ups and downs, in writing, my personal life, and my work life. However, for this wrap-up post of the year, I want to focus on the positive side of my writing accomplishments.

2016 Writing Highlights

January: Finished the first draft of Upgrade.

February: Kept up with my Saturday Shorts challenge.

March: Completed the timeline for Demon’s Blade and continued revising Upgrade.

April: Participated in National Poetry Writing Month.

May: No writing accomplishments, but did some serious introspection.

June: Dove back into editing Upgrade.

July: Participated in Camp NaNoWriMo with a 6,000 goal and won–the project, which was secret at the time, was actually Beneath His Skin, the selkie story I would later publish in From the Stories of Old.

August: Revised Beneath His Skin several times and made some progress in other projects as well (Upgrade, Demon’s Magic, and Of Beauty Within.)

September: Finished another revision of Upgrade and also finished revising Demon’s Blade so I could post it on Scribophile.

October: Progress was made in some projects, though undocumented as I never updated my Month Map.

November: My tenth consecutive National Novel Writing Month win! This year’s project was Skin As White As Snow; it is as yet unfinished, but I crossed the 50,000 word finish line with about half an hour to spare.

December: Released From the Stories of Old, which includes my story “Beneath His Skin”, with my wonderful writers’ group, the Just-Us League.


In conclusion, I made a lot of progress this year, have several amazing projects in the works, and lots of plans for next year–which will be detailed in an upcoming post. My writing has developed a lot over the course of the year, as has my ability to critique others’ work, and I’m proud of how far I’ve come in only a year.

What are your 2016 writing highlights?


  1. I participated in my first National Novel Writing Month! Even though I wasn’t a winner I made a lot of progress. I also started doing more freelance writing and got into a good groove on my WIP.

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