And on the receiving side, I opened many prezzies. Matthew got me many pretty things to wear, and this fabulous corset purse:
This is now my official "convention" accessory. dude_the gave me a giant Flu bug (Orthomyoxvirus) to go with the giant Bread & Beer Yeast microbe:
And teflaime gave me Story: Substance, Structure, Style and The Principles of Screenwriting by Robert McKee. A book on plotting! That's exactly what I need. Plot is my weakness.
Ate a lot of cake and then went to see The Incredibles again. I love that movie. We're definitely getting it when it comes out on DVD. Got to wear my new skunk earrings from Matthew:
And now I'm lounging around in my new jammies wearing my toe puppet socks:
A very good end of 2004.
I was pretty happy with the amount I accomplished this year. I want to focus on productivity more for 2005 so, my resolution:
- Write 500 words a day, every day, barring weekends and holidays, to total 115K words (or more) for the year.
That's it. I decided not to worry about the number of stories I finish, as I've been writing longer works of late. I'd like to focus on word count and establishing a daily writing habit.
Looking back, my resolutions from 2004:
- Write and finish at least fifteen short stories.
Check. I actually completed seventeen.
- Finish the novel.
I didn't, but I did write and complete a novella-length middle-grade book which is currently on my Cricket editor's desk.
- Make more pro-level sales.
I did quite well here, making sales to Realms of Fantasy (2), The Third Alternative, H.P. Lovecraft's Magazine of Horror, and Cricket (4) this year.