2012 in Review

Hello dear readers, if any of you are still out there!. I have let this blog falter, and for that I apologize. I really did intend to update regularly, but life got in the way, as usual.

Life didn’t get in the way of my writing, however–at least not entirely. Since my last update, I’ve finished the manuscript of Robber Barrons and submitted it to two digital imprints. I’ve had several friends read the manuscript and give me very good feedback, so I’m very excited about this novel’s prospects. I have every intention of this story seeing the light of day, whether it’s through a traditional publisher or not, so stay tuned!

I started work on the sequel, The Third War, in November. I wrote 50,000+ words for National Novel Writing Month, and nearly finished Part 2 of 3. Then I hit a wall. I mostly blame vacation and Christmas break and getting knocked on my ass with illness. (Thanks, Santa, for bringing me mononucleosis for Christmas!) However, I also wasn’t very happy with the direction of the story and just couldn’t force myself to write. So while I was at my mom’s over the break, I reworked the novel’s entire outline. I’m really excited about the story now, and looking forward to getting back to writing once I’m able to concentrate for an extended period of time without my brain turning to mush. I think the plot is tighter and the character arcs better. In short, I plan to start writing The Third War in earnest as soon as my health improves a bit more, hopefully by this weekend, and hope to be finished with the first draft by the end of February. I should be able to keep some scenes, but I have a lot of rewriting to do.

Since it’s the last day of the year, I’ve already been looking ahead to 2013. My goals are as follows:

  • Revise and submit a short story to the Sword and Laser anthology (in March)
  • Finish The Third War (finish manuscript by the end of April)
  • Write Terminus (finish manuscript by the end of October)

I also intend to spend a lot of time developing another project with my boyfriend and co-author, Brian. I’m not certain yet if we’ll start writing this year or not, due to other projects we’re currently working on, but I hope to at least have an outline hashed out by the end of the 2013. We’re both really excited about the project and can’t wait to start working on it.

All in all, 2012 will be remembered as the year in which I wrote my first novel. I think that’s a great start, and can’t wait to write even more.

Happy New Year, everyone!

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