2015, it’s been nice knowing you


It’s New Year’s Eve today, and I can’t say I’m sad to see 2015 go. The highs have been worth it though. Since this is my first post, here’s a quick rundown the things that have highlighted my year:

  1. I started querying my first manuscript. Rejections are difficult to face on first glance, but I know my writing is in a better place now than when I started.
  2. I had a few requests for my full manuscript. That’s encouraging. And while it’s frustrating when I receive a rejection letter, I know something about my writing has intrigued someone enough to give it a look.
  3. Through Twitter and writing sites, I’ve met some of my best friends, found wonderful betas and critique partners, and joined a community of writers who “get” me.
  4. I got serious about working on my new manuscript. It’s gone in such a different direction than I expected it, but I absolutely love the story and the characters even more than I already did.
  5. An agent I admire read the first 10 pages of my WIP and offered an excellent critique at the SCBWI Midsouth conference. I may not have taken it entirely in the direction she suggested, but her words renewed my faith in my writing and encouraged me to keep working on this crazy adventure.
  6. Nanowrimo has never resulted in a finished novel from me, but having daily accountability and word count goals pushed me forward. I started the month with a goal of writing daily. That didn’t always happen, but I accomplished more than I expected.
  7. For some reason I’ve never made reading goals, and I didn’t keep track of how many books I read this year. (I’m horrible about curating my Goodreads shelves.) While I fell short of what I thought I “should” have read, I read many wonderful books this year. Some of my favorites are I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios, Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson, We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, Not After Everything by Michelle Levy, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, and More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera.
  8. My critique partners have written amazing, wonderful things that I have been honored to read. We’ve celebrated each other’s highs and lows, and I’m fortunate to know such talented writers.

Not everything has worked out perfectly. I’m far from the place I envisioned myself being in on the cusp of 2016, but I’m ready for a new year and a fresh start.

Welcome, 2016, but be kind, be fulfilling, and be better than your predecessor.