For the last two years (2012 and 2013), I’ve done a post at the end of the year to celebrate what I’ve actually accomplished. I think I always get weary in December and wonder: “Did I get anything done?” While I knew the answer was “Yes.” I did have to prove it to myself.
Last year, I started a Book of Stars to record the little things that happened that were good. I taped in the nice things editors said, the the nice things other writers said. Writing can be a discouraging job. When I opened up my book to look back over 2014, it lifted my spirits.
* Educational book coming out in early 2015. This book pushed me to research and write fast and took over my life for a few months.
* Opened up Teachers Pay Teachers store
* Opened up my Books Page
* Wrote “Top 10 Books for Word Choice” and put it up as a freebie for signing up for my newsletter
* Mentor Text “E-Books” on sale at TpT and on my books page
* “Fran Cannon Slayton: Balance in the Writing Life” appeared in Mid-Atlantic SCBWI Highlighter
* “Teacher’s Pet: How to Get Your Book in the Hands of Teachers” appeared in Mid-Atlantic SCBWI Highlighter
* “Writing Picture Books with Kim Norman” appeared in Mid-Atlantic SCBWI Highlighter
* Freelance work for Interactive Achievement
* 12×12 participant with new manuscripts and a ton of revised ones
* PiBoIdMo—came up with 35 ideas
(Note: If you love a writer, all of these classes would make excellent gifts)
* Candice Ransom’s retreat in Luray on revision
Workshops Organized through SCBWI and Glenvar Library
* Mentor texts for the classroom at local division level professional development and VSRA
* Got an agent! I’m now working with Jodell Sadler of Sadler Children’s Literary
* Received Teacher of the Year at my school
* Started and finished my library media endorsement at UVA and UVA Wise
Whew! Looking back at the makes me tired. But it is also testament to how much you can accomplish by setting aside a little bit of time for your writing each day. I still teach full-time and have two young kids. Most of the writing was done between 5-6 am daily.
As I think about what I want to accomplish in 2015, I look at the big picture and big goals. But I also want to focus on: What is the next step I can take to further my career. It might be as simple as revising one chapter. Each small step adds up to bigger ones.