I meant to write this up before the year ended, but anyone who follows this blog will know that self-imposed deadlines and I are casual acquaintances at best.

When all is said and done, I don’t know how to feel about 2013. On one hand, the year’s thrown some pretty heavy shit at me. I started the year morning the loss of my brother, then flying home sick enough that I got to use a barf bag for the first time. I lost two jobs, got my car stolen (although I did get it back), and numerous other little things that were still big enough to add up.

But this is the year I became a writer. Sure, I’ve been an aspiring writer for years, over a decade, really. I showed up for NaNoWriMo, frantically worked to hit 50K, and made half-hearted attempts to write the rest of the year. This year wasn’t like that. I wrote. Even when everything else fell apart, I still wrote. I finished the second draft. I approached an editor. I finished the third draft. I quit NaNoWriMo after about a week, because I real writing to get back to. Once I get a little more feedback on this third draft, I’ll be sending it to the editor for some professional feedback.

I owe this to two elements. My critique group, who have both improved my writing and constantly encouraged me, and Jason Hough, who served as an inspiration, and introduced me to the editor he used. I still have a long ways to go to become a professional writer, of course, but I don’t think the word “aspiring” when I describe myself anymore.

So despite how much I joked about 2013 having it in for me, I can’t really bring myself to hate it.

Anyway, a few resolutions for 2014:

  • Look into and enter short story contests. I’ve been meaning to do this for a while, but working on my novel never really left me with that enough creative energy to actually get a start on this. I have a few pages bookmarked.
  • Lose weight. A cliché for a reason. Gonna start using the company gym, attend Weight Watchers meetings more regularly, and see about a dance class. There’s a costume or two I’d like to try for Comic-Con this year that I’m not willing to do with my current physique, so that’s a good first goal.
  • And, of course, continue work on my novel. I’m not entirely sure what milestones are feasible over the next year, but maybe by 2015, I’ll have submitted it to a publisher.