New Year’s whizzed past me in a flurry of dayjob and writer work. Probably for the first time since I started blogging, I didn’t keep stats for word count or productivity.
Honestly, I was too damn busy. I kept my head down and did what needed to be done. I could likely go back and figure it out, but I’m not at all sure it’s worth the time.
In 2012 I turned in copy edits and first pass pages for Delia’s Shadow, finished A Barricade In Hell, revised that book on my own, then revised again according to edit letter instructions, and got the first 20,000 words of Against A Brightening Sky written.
Somewhere in there I revised and sent out some short stories, none of which sold, but management isn’t shocked by that. I did rack up a rejection that I will paraphrase: “Your story caused a lot of discussion among the editors. We NEVER discuss stories.”
Then they said no, but please send more! Which is kind of the summation of my short story career. Someday I might have time to write more stories, but today is not that day.
The list of writing related jobs for 2013 is kind of scary, especially working a full time dayjob. Add in that I was promoted to manager of the custom framing department and I’m learning that job on top of it all–I’m going to be super busy.
Best of all, 2013 is the Year of The Book! Delia’s Shadow will be out in 256 days.
I stumbled across a T.S. Eliot quote around the New Year that sums up how I’m feeling right now:
“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.”
— T.S. Eliot From Four Quartets
Here’s to this year’s words and this year’s voice. 2013 will be the best year ever.
Now I’m off to the dayjob. The best part of this new job?
I get to design and build shit and use power tools. Power tools rock.