Posts Tagged ‘new year’

Fizzling Out of 2020

Hey, squiders, can you believe this hellscape of a year ends tomorrow? Me either! I really mean it. I’m finding it really hard to process that, come Friday, we’ll be in 2021.

All my writing groups are starting new challenges for the new year, talking about their new goals and their new plans. And I…am not feeling it.

Last year, I had so many plans. I was so optimistic about the year to come, full of hopes and dreams. I recently went back and re-read my posts from December and January. I really had no idea. I mean, I suspected my husband’s health problems (he’s doing much better now!) but I still thought I’d have time. Both small, mobile ones would be in school full time for the first time after all. I was going to get so much done.

But then everything fell apart. I’ve had less time than I’ve had in years. Everyone was home all the time, and always seemingly in need of something.

I got things done, sure. I did manage a whole Nano, despite everything. I’ll do a formal wrap-up/goals next week sometime, or maybe the week after. But I didn’t get what I wanted to done. . A lot less than I wanted to.

Part of me wonders if it’s worth it, to give in to hope and plans and all that jazz. Maybe I should just pick the next project and go, and not worry about planning a bigger picture, at least not until things even out.

I did pick a word for 2021. It’s Polish. My education year went well–I’m pleased with what I did, and I learned a lot. But now I’d like to take what I learned and finish some things off, focus more on making projects the best they can be. Get some projects done and out the door. Revision and editing do take me more time than drafting, but I hope if I practice, I can streamline my process and be able to get more done faster.

Anyway, we’ll have to see how it goes. And I suspect that, after I do sit down and make some goals, I’ll feel it a little more. But, for now, well, we’ll have to see.

I hope you have a happy new year’s, squiders, and I’ll see you next week and next year.

2015 in review

Hello again, Squiders! I hope the holidays haven’t eaten you, and that the looming new year isn’t making you too anxious.

I’ve got a novel draft due to the editor on Friday, and so I can’t promise anything too exciting this week. So, for today, please enjoy the annual blog report from WordPress, because who doesn’t like stats? I love stats. You’ll probably get my annual book stats post next week. Ah, the new year. Allowing me to post stats all the time and pretend people care.

Anyway! See you Thursday for New Year’s Eve, unless I am freaking out too much about novel due dates. (I’m feeling good about it right now, but you know how these things fluctuate.)

(Also, is it just me, or is this a bit early? We’ve got two days left!)

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,300 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 55 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

2013 Blog Direction

First, a little horn-tooting: I’ve got a new story up over at Turtleduck Press, a haunting tale of family secrets. You don’t have to take my word for it, though–here are a couple things readers have said to me about it:

“It’s a great story, subtle and building.” –KD Sarge
“Subtle, wistful, and a little creepy.” –Siri Paulson
“It’s pretty chilling.” –Erin Zarro
“That gave me goosebumps. That captivated me. It was WONDERFULLY written.” -a reader on a message board

So, you know, up to you. Now, onto business. I have a poll here. Please let me know which types of posts you’re enjoying, and which sorts of posts you’d like more of, either through the poll or the comments, and I shall try to be accommodating. Otherwise, I hope everyone’s having a lovely Fat Tuesday.

(I get PANCAKES for dinner. I am so excited, it’s like I’m six.)

Happy New Year!

Well, Squiders, another year has come and gone, and, thankfully, the world has yet to end, so we can look forward to plenty of landsquid-y shenanigans here at ye olde blog(ge).

Every year, WordPress nicely puts together a year-end summary. You can find this below if, like me, you enjoy statistics. (And, if you don’t, I’m not sure you’re going to like Thursday’s post either, when I do my year-end reading recap.)

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 3,800 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 6 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

What did you like most about 2012 (both here on the blog and in real life)? What would you like to see more of? More re-reads/reviews, Landsquid stories, drawings, genre essays? Let me know.

The Landsquid and I shall just be over here in the corner, enjoying some tea and Cheez-Its for now.

2011 in review and Happy New Year!

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,400 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Man, where can I get some helper monkeys?

Obligatory New Year Post

It seems like a requirement to make a post (or maybe two) talking about how the last year went and any plans/resolutions for the new year.  I’ll admit I’m not much motivated.  I work on several projects in a year and my priorities tend to change.

For example, here are my goals from last year:
-Submit BM to agents
-Finish draft of Book One
-Write and submit fairy tale by deadline
-Complete first draft of Perchance to Dream
Nano in November?
-Catch up on HTRYN/HTTS

I did…three and a half, I guess?  Technically four, since I have been submitting, but it never got anywhere past partials and it turns out I need to completely rewrite my first chapter again.  Anyway.  I checked on these in, oh, August or so, and I had completely forgotten about Perchance to Dream.  Not just that I was working on it, that the story even existed.  So.

I can’t think in yearly terms.  A year is too vast.

Writing goals are hard.  I try not to make goals that I have no control over, and it’s much easier for me to work on a monthly basis.  For example, January here, my top priority is to finish and edit a short story I’m going to submit to an anthology.  After that, I need to get a YA Urban Fantasy ready for Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel contest.  I’ve my side stories to keep up on, as always, I’ve got to rewrite my first chapter (as mentioned above) so I can resume submitting, and I’d like to get another 15K on my main novel project.

Will all of that get done?

Experience tells me it’s doubtful, but I bet you I can manage most of it.  Actually, experience tells me what exactly will get scrapped.  The anthology and the contest have deadlines; they’ll get done.  I have to update my serial scifi every month; that’ll get done.  I enjoy my other side project quite a lot since it’s collaborative, so that will probably get done.  Which means the rewrite and the novel will be the ones scrimped on, though I can’t wait too long on the rewrite or I’ll forget what I wanted to do with it.  I admit to be a little afraid to start on it, because I suspect it’ll start a chain reaction with the rest of the book.


Really the only yearly goal I ever make is the reading one – 50 books in a year.  That will be interesting this year – in previous years, I’ve had times at work where I have to monitor things that made for ideal reading time.  (I read Pillars of the Earth – a 1200 page book – in three days doing that once.)  I started a new job in November so I’ve lost that time.

I’ve also got a weight loss in challenge in effect through March 16th with my mom and my sister.  We’ve each put in $50, and whomever loses the greatest percentage of body weight gets the pot.  I’m almost guaranteed to lose – I’ve only got an extra 10 lbs from the holidays – but I’m hoping it will do my family some good because I worry about their health.  I may sneakily (or not so sneakily) start organizing family activities to make sure everyone is exercising.

So that’s my obligatory post.  What about you?  Any fancy plans for 2011?  Or even just January?