For the past several years (2012, 2013, 2014), I have kept track of the accomplishments for the year. Last year I kept a monthly celebration page, which I called my “Book of Stars” (I originally posted about that here). This year was particularly challenging for me, which I wrote about yesterday, so I’m particularly excited to look back on all I did accomplish. I didn’t meet every goal, but I know I’m a better writer on December 31, 2015 than I was on January 1, 2015, so that is something that I can be excited about.
- Moved to a new city across the state from where we were before
- Got a new dream job (school librarian)
- Transitioned family, sold old house, bought new house
- Taught 2 week summer writing camp at Hollins
- 1st book published—Ancient China (ABDO, 2015)
- As a result of that, I got to sign my first books, see my book in a public library, and speak at a literacy conference.
- Mentor Text E-book published and up for sale on my website
- Writing Marathon–February
- Poem a Day—April, I completed 30 poems alongside Linda. Many thanks to Renee for teaming us up!
- PiBoIdMo—I was not a winner, but I did work on getting ideas down in November.
- Write Daily 30—December, I worked on revising a middle grade in 45 minute sessions each day. Thanks to Linda Urban for organizing this!
- 12×12—All year. I wrote 6 new PBs and did 25+ revisions.
- Marcie Flinchum Atkins Challenges You to Steal Second, A Mentor Text Post on using 2nd person POV (ReFoReMo, February 1, 2015)
- A Case of the Why Nots: How I Built (and am still building) My Platform (Alayne Kay Christian, April 18, 2015)
- Picture Book Refrains: ReviMo May (Meg Miller, May 16, 2015)
- Read 423 picture books (this does NOT include the books I read for my job at my job, just the ones I read at home for personal writing growth)
- Read 47 longer works—novels and adult NF
- Luray retreat with Candace Ransom
- SCBWI MD/DE/WV Conference
- WOW Conference
- SCBWI Mid-Atlantic Conference
Book Events I Attended
- Kate DiCamillo at Virginia Festival for the Book
- Cece Bell (at Hollins)
- Maggie Steifvater (at Hollins)
- Elizabeth Gilbert
- Politics and Prose Picture Book Panel
- National Book Festival—so many authors
- Margarita Engle
- Duncan Tunatiuh
- Natalie Lorenzi
Middle Grade Novel Writing
- Revision in progress since November
- Got back into the submission game again after a hiatus
- Received several helpful critiques from agents and editors at various events
Keeping track of the things I DID accomplish definitely does make me pumped to do more writing. So here’s to 2016!
What are you most proud of from 2015?