Recovering still from the holidays. Not sure I want to analyze too deeply what it says about me that I find it relaxing being back at my desk after returning from Illinois. I remember growing up that I found my mother's work-a-holic nature perplexing and irksome, and now I seem to have acquired it. Hmph.
Anyhoo, had a wonderful Xmas with the in-laws and birthday with the hubby—acquiring many new prezzies thereof, both practical and whimsical, including a rice maker, kitchen knives (thank Jeebus, real knives to replace the blunt, knife-shaped metal bits we've been trying to cut with), new clothes for work and play, an elephant teapot (!), and many, many books and DVDs.
But I always get overwhelmed by the chaos of the holiday season and fall behind on my various obligations. Fording through the backlog now.
2008 was an interesting year for me. My overall productivity improved over last year's, but most of that was from wordage on The Stupid Novel, which isn't at zero draft yet. So my number of completed works this year is quite small. But I also sold a short story collection. I've been hungry to finally have a book of all Eugie, only Eugie works for a while now, and it's a huge milestone for me.
Looking over 2008's Writing Resolutions, I determined to:
• Finish the ^#$!@# novel.
Sigh. Getting there.
• Write 500 words a day, every day, barring weekends, holidays, and the legislative session.
Well, that didn't pan out again. I think I averaged something like 250 words a day, which trended towards bouts of productivity—several weeks of 1000+ words/day—intermingled with huge stretches of nada. I'm wondering if I'm just not geared to writing every day, and if expecting myself to do so is just setting myself up for failure. Writing has become ingrained as a behavioral reality of my life by now; if I don't write, it starts eating away at me until I have to sit down and get words on the page. So I don't think I'm risking my writerly chops by allowing myself to accept that it's okay not to write every day. Going to try that this year and see how it works out.
• Be more willing to say "no" when new hamsters come a'beggin'.
This I managed to do, actually turning down a couple invitations to submit to projects, but I suspect I've still got too many hamsters in the air. Not sure what to do about it, as I want to keep all the hamsters remaining.
2008's highlights and accomplishments, I:
• Saw the one-year anniversary of TTA Press's The Fix.
• Survived another year as The Daily Dragon's Editor/Director.
• Made 15 sales (and received 25 rejections), including the sale of my short story collection, Returning My Sister's Face to Norilana Books.
• Saw 17 works published, including stories in Cricket and Baen's Universe.
• Wrote 42.2K words on The Stupid Novel, the most words I've set down on a single work and the closest I've come to completing a novel. Continuing to work on it and hope to finish it this year.
And herein my Writing Resolutions for 2009:
• Finish The Stupid Novel. I'm so @^$!#* close!
And that's it. Guess that should've been "resolution" not "resolutions."
And finally, New Words (the last tally from 2008):
• 1.6K on The Stupid Novel.