The third Monday of the month is usually reserved for a month map update. However, it’s December, 2017 is nearly over, and I’m suffering a slight amount of burnout from a stressful November.
So today’s post is going to be a brief reflection on how 2017 has gone for me. Last year, I posted a list of goals for 2017. It was an ambitious list, and as things turned out, I didn’t follow it to the letter. Or, really, at all.
My writing plan for 2017: Write daily. Release Upgrade. Release two books of a trilogy I’ve been working on for several years. Release a fairy tale retelling.
What really happened: None of those things.
However… A lot of other things have happened.
I released two more anthologies with my writers’ group, the Just-Us League.
I co-wrote the first draft of a fun fantasy novella with Kristy Perkins.
Its work-in-progress title is The Sisters and the Dragon, which is as much as of a hint of the story as I can give you at this time. We’re revising it now and hope to release it in 2018.
I started planning (and writing) a series of fairy tale retellings.
My NaNovel this year was Within the Ironwood, which I hope to finish, edit, and release in the coming year. There will be a number of other books in the series, some with recurring characters and others with brand-new ones. All will be set in the same world, a world where magic is on the decline and technology is on the rise. I’ll be sharing more about this in the coming months.
I attended my first writing conference.
The CCWC Conference was an amazing experience. I met so many wonderful writers and learned a lot in the classes I took.
I became more active on social media.
I’m something of an odd introvert-extrovert mix. I need my daily interaction with people, but the level I require ranges from “a lot” to “very little”. This means social media isn’t always something I have the energy for on a daily basis, though I am working on becoming more active on a few platforms.
Blog: I’ve started following a schedule and have been posting regular Month Maps and updates thereof. I’ve also been reviewing a fantasy book each month that I’ve enjoyed.
Twitter: I play a variety of hashtag games depending on my mood and what’s available. I also now co-host #WIPTruthOrDare and #JLbooklove.
Facebook: I’m slowly becoming more active on my FB page. In November, I shared a number of excerpts of my NaNovel. I plan to share more excerpts, perhaps even daily ones, in 2018.
While I didn’t complete any of the goals I originally set forth for myself, I made progress on a few and I completed several others–some of which I wasn’t even aware of when the year first began! All in all, I think 2017 has been a good year for learning my limits and figuring out how to set reachable goals. Am I still learning? Yes, every day. And I still love every minute of it.
How did 2017 go for you?