2013, a Year In Review

Because everyone else is doing it!  And I’m nothing if not easily swayed.

Of course, when I look back on this year it’s dominated by the shadow of le cancer. Which makes sense.  Even though my diagnosis came in September, I first went in for it in May, and that notwithstanding, the 1/3 of the year from September to December is still a pretty big chunk of year.

(It’s funny; at the end of 2012 I felt the same way about my three-month-long bout with typhus, and thought, “Well, 2013 has to be better!” Don’t ever say that, kids. It’s like saying, “It could be worse” in a horror movie.)

Illness aside, I had a pretty killer year in a lot of ways, particularly in terms of writing. Here’s what I did in 2013:

  • Got my first book edited and through two rounds of beta, and from the feedback I got in the second round, it looks like I won’t need a third. Woohoo! I’m procrastinating on finishing the final tweaks, after which it will go off to my pro editor and then hit an Amazon.com near you. I’m aiming for a pub date somewhere around March.
  • Got the sequel written. The rough draft is a hot mess right now, but it’s THERE.
  • And about 1/3 of the third book is written. Also a hot mess. Also there!
  • Was prolifically active on Absolute Write, and have made some incredible, incredible friends on there, including five (five!!!) people I’ve now met in meatspace, and three people who have sent me marvelous gifts through the Actual Postal Mail (mail!!!). I bug them for their manuscripts, they bug me for mine, and we generally support each others’ writing endeavors and in between make asinine sexual jokes and otherwise have a good time. It’s excellent. I have to say, having a writing community also saved me when I didn’t have the energy to get out of bed. In any case, I definitely count this as a writerly win!
  • Joined Twitter, blogged a lot (excepting the past couple months), and generally engaged in the greater SFF community. That also feels pretty great. I’ve met some spectacular writers and reviewers and other SFF peeps whom I have a boatload of respect for, and it makes me quite excited to be publishing into that community. (Yeah, as anyone who’s been around for 2013 knows, there are also some shitty people. But there are so, so many awesome ones.)
  • Beta read six books this year. I’m pretty picky about whom I beta for, so these were all excellent experiences, and everyone was lovely and appreciative. Beta’ing makes my writing better, too, so it’s win-win all around! The breakdown was two speculative fiction, two contemporary thriller, one literary fiction, and one historical fiction.

My writing goals for 2014 are to release my book, start getting the sequels done, and STOP GETTING CANCER ALREADY. Also, get back to blogging. Personally, I think those are all very reasonable!

How did y’all’s years go?

7 thoughts on “2013, a Year In Review

  1. Michelle

    I’m pretty sure I directly influence Krystal’s year-end post, at least. Anyway, just wanted to wish you a happy 2014 and thank you again for the beta read. I’m writing a super detailed outline before I get back to writing the next draft. But yes, please no more cancer.

  2. usuallycountingbats

    Yeah, you should totally stop getting cancer. I thought you were smart?! People said you’d been to MIT and everything. *shakes head sadly* :D

    Thank you for taking me in and protecting me from the hippo, who has a strange obsession with my, well, you know. And for forcing me to do more words when I was stuck. And for finding my weird job interesting. Also, internets FTW as without Tim Berners-Lee we would never have spoken.

  3. Margaret

    One of my highlights of 2013 was meeting you. (Awww.) You are the best, and I expect great things from you. And no more cancer; okay? Let’s make a pact, shall we?

  4. InMyBook

    Your year sounds eventful, unlike mine. All I did was earn a living in my 9-5 office job and read in my leisure time and admire you authors a lot. It is incredible to read about your books and writing community. Agree with everyone else in saying, “No more cancer!” Loved reading your blog in 2013 and look forward to more of the same in 2014. My goal is to learn to follow you on Twitter during 2014.

  5. Jesse

    Not having anymore cancer is a fine goal for 2014. *nods sagely* I will drink to that. No, it’s only 9:16 am. I will drink to that in . . . 44 minutes. Cuz, yanno, we should be reasonable. :D
    Yaaay 2013! Meeting you was totes one of the highlightiest highlights of my year, even though you tend to stop me from oggling bats’ boobs. Now hurry up and release the damn book, dammit!!!! Yaaaay bewkbewkbewk!

  6. Ruth

    Yeshanu from AW here. Absolutely agree with the “not getting cancer” resolution–I think I’ll try that one myself. :)

    As for me, regular blog posts, learning twitter, and editing the mess I’ve got written will keep me out of trouble.

    Maybe… :D

  7. slhuang Post author

    I was extremely remiss in replying to these lovely, lovely comments. I soooooo appreciate everyone’s kind thoughts and well wishes. *big hugs*

    Cheers to everyone’s 2014 goals! We’ll make it a great one! :D :D :D

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