Tuesday, December 17, 2013

2013 - The Year that Was

So it's that time, again. Time to take stock of what I accomplished in the past twelve months in relation to what I had hoped to accomplish. Time to look ahead to the New Year and anticipate what it will bring.

I have made these year end round-up posts every year since 2007. ( 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012. God-willing and the river don't rise, I will continue to make them, moving forward into the future.

When I look back at my yearly reviews, I am humbled by my ambitions. I very rarely accomplish everything I set out to do, but I don't consider that a failure. Instead, I also look at what I have accomplished and find cause for celebration.

These were my plans for 2013:
  • Revise/edit the ghost story (which really, really needs a title) and DERELICT
  • Brainstorm with Nephele regarding what to write next/continue to align goals with the aim of publication
  • Complete and publish the Ultimate SF&F Workshop Anthology
  • Write 4-6 new short stories

 So, dear readers, how did I do?

  1. Revised and edited DERELICT, and it is currently now on submission through Nephele Tempest, my agent.
  2. Along with my co-editor, Talib Hussain, I released PEN-ULTIMATE: A SPECULATIVE FICTION ANTHOLOGY at Readercon 2013. As this was conceived as a charity project, we are thrilled to have already made our first donation to the SFWA emergency medical fund.
  3. One of my short stories was included in the THEME-THOLOGY: INVASION anthology.
  4. Wrote 1 new short story and revised three others. (Short stories are hard!)
  5. Working with a developmental editor, finished a complete 'renovation' of a trunked novel, now named OATHBREAKER'S PRICE, an alternate-world fantasy. It is now being read by an acquiring editor of a small press.
  6. First draft: I am approximately 2/3 to 3/4 through the first draft of the as-yet unnamed sequel to THE BETWEEN.
  7. Close to 80  blog posts between Once in a Blue Muse Blog and guest posts for other writing sites.
  8. Poetry: a dozen or so poems
  9. Enjoyed being part of the programs for both Boskone and Readercon in 2013 and am looking forward to my participation in 2014.

So, all in all, this was a very productive year. I have a lot planned for 2014 and it has the possibility of being a very exciting year!

  • Forging ahead in a hybrid path to publication, while my agent is actively submitting DERELICT, I will be independently publishing several novels, including a YA fantasy, FUTURE TENSE in early 2014 and readying THE BETWEEN's sequel by the end of 2014.
  • I look forward to the chance to experience working with a small press on OATHBREAKER'S PRICE. If the manuscript is not picked up by the press, I will publish it under Interrobang Books sometime mid-year.
  • I will be joining a group writing blog with several amazing and talented ladies, but I can't tell you about it yet. :) But don't worry, Once in a Blue Muse Blog will still be my main blogging home.
  •  I am dipping my toes into a collaborative middle grade project with a writer I've worked with from Google+. Again, I can't divulge the details yet, but I'm excited about working on something so different from my usual writing fare.
  • With the skills I have developed in full-contact revision, I will be assessing one of my early high fantasy novels for its resurrection potential while the next novel finds me.

Have a great 2014, one and all.


  1. I read DERELICT last year while you were serializing it. Thanks for a great piece of SciFi; even though I'm a bit older than your target audience I thought it a fabulous yarn. I'll ask the local shop to carry it so I can have a paper copy. While I'm at it, I 'll ask after the others.

    1. Thank you Mike! That means a lot to me. And it's a story that is close to my heart. There are many more stories in that universe I'm dying to tell.

  2. Here's hoping 2014 is fortunate and lots of fun for you. :)

    1. Thank you, dear Lynn. All the best to you, as well. May 2014 be a joyous one for you and your family.