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I have, in rough estimate, written about 125,000 words this year. I'm going to end the year well short of my goal of 200,000 words and not having finished the one thing I wanted to have finished this year. That said, I don't think it's a failure.

I spent much of the first half of the year frozen and freaking out about a thing I shouldn't have been freaking out about. I'm pretty sure it's not going to be published, since I haven't heard back on it. That's not the reason I shouldn't have been freaking out about it. I shouldn't have been freaking out about it because it wasn't something to freak out about. And I think my freaking out is part of why it turned out the awkward way it did. I don't know why I get so caught up in my head about my writing and what other people want and what I think I can or can't do. I'd probably be a thousand times better off if I just ignored the rest of the world and wrote what made me happy. (Captain America cyberpunk-Last Unicorn AU, HERE I COME!)

ANYWAY. July happened. I had already moved and gotten the hard part of that out of the way. I finished and submitted that thing of which we will not speak. And I submitted a poem to a magazine call. That's really where the momentum took off. I got a rejection on the poem, but they also left a note listing three other publications to submit it to who they thought might take it, which is promising and probably part of why I've had the confidence to continue pursuing poetry, most fervently here at the end of the year. Out of three poems submitted to anything ever I've had two acceptances (one published online and one published in print) and one personal rejection. That's not terrible odds.

I still don't feel like I can call myself a poet, but I also don't feel embarrassed anymore to say that I write poetry. Progress all around, really. I'm currently getting help with a chapbook of queer fairy tale poems I'm going to submit to a contest in January. I still want to finish off the Sorry About the Robots chapbook and submit/publish that.

On the prose side it's been more about progress than completion, which I suppose is good in the long run, but it doesn't make me feel very accomplished. I had a breakthrough on Burst in the form of deciding to make it an all lady circus. I had a breakthrough on Dickhead Angels about the central conflict so that it's no longer just two dudes road tripping around the US ramping up sexual tension for no discernable reason. I wrote a fairy tale, which I should probably revisit to flesh out. I have had no breakthrough on Volunteer Vampires, which is what I told [ profile] theemdash I'd send her a draft of by the end of the year. I am still going to try to rewrite the WWII AU in the BDESFN universe to send to by the end of the year so I don't owe her $50. (Because real talk, I do not have $50.) And I think a lot about Dupe City, so I want to try and get something under my feet on that one in the new year.

Which brings me to the public service announcement portion of my talk:

GetYourWordsOut: Year Seven!
Pledges & Requirements |

DO YOU ENJOY WRITING? DO YOU LIKE TRACKING WORD COUNTS AND BEING HELD ACCOUNTABLE? THEN [ profile] getyourwordsout IS THE COMMUNITY FOR YOU. Going into its seventh year, the GYWO community is stronger than ever. We're trying out new things and getting people more involved. I'm running the community Tumblr. There are regular discussions and help posts and opportunities to share what you're working on. I can absolutely say that having the community around has helped me to get more done when I was feeling stuck. I highly recommend it to all you writerly types on my list, of which there are many.

So, all that said, it's time to think forward. I don't have a plan for the new year (though I'll work one out soon enough), but I do have a wish list of sorts. It looks like this.
  • Complete Sorry About the Robots. Figure out if I can submit it or if I should self-pub it.
  • Submit a poem for possible publication at least once a month.
  • Complete a draft of Burst.
  • Complete a draft of Volunteer Vampires.
  • Make headway on Dupe City.
  • Make headway on Dickhead Angels.
  • Continue to think about the BDESFN and do absolutely nothing about it.
  • Look at fairy tale and decide if it could be a YA novel.
  • Continue to come up with ludicrous ideas for future stories.

I think I'll have my hands full in 2015 in the best possible way.

What about you? How have you done this year? What are your goals for the next? Will you be joining the fun at GYWO?

Date: 2014-12-15 07:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I am tempted to join! Especially since you have a tumblr community. Might be a good thing to chart my process so I don't feel so useless all the time.

Date: 2014-12-31 04:30 pm (UTC)
ext_289215: (Default)
From: [identity profile]
Join! It's really fun, and you can be as active or not active in the actual communities as you like as long as you track your words and check in each month, which is really just helpful accounting. ♥

Date: 2014-12-17 02:09 am (UTC)
lanalucy: (curvy)
From: [personal profile] lanalucy
I think number seven is absolutely doable. :D And number nine, too.

I bet you can do the other ones, too, but those two are a lock.

Date: 2014-12-31 04:31 pm (UTC)
ext_289215: (Architects James)
From: [identity profile]
Ahahaa, it's true. Number 7 is one of my great talents in life. No reason not to continue honing it. :p

Date: 2014-12-18 01:24 am (UTC)
theemdash: (Steampunk Gerard)
From: [personal profile] theemdash
Imma add #10 to your list—Work on The Steampunk some over the summer. I'd really like to start writing around in that next year.

Date: 2014-12-31 04:32 pm (UTC)
ext_289215: (PATD Brendon bowler)
From: [identity profile]
Yes, agreed, whole heartedly. I didn't want to press you while you were so busy, but I'm here for it whenever you are ready.

Date: 2014-12-31 04:51 pm (UTC)
theemdash: (Steampunk Gerard)
From: [personal profile] theemdash
I HAVE A THOUGHT! I think we write around in our current outline, send things back and forth as we finish, and stitch it together as we work/later. Then we can figure out where the holes are and write/revise to fill the holes.

Also, maybe we can use Evernote to plan. I'm pretty sure that works across all platforms. I just thought of that, so I'll look into it.

Date: 2014-12-31 05:07 pm (UTC)
ext_289215: (Architects William young)
From: [identity profile]
I think that's absolutely doable! We should probably pow wow a bit on changes we've made mentally and update our character info sheets, like gender swaps and stuff, but it'll be easy to break into chunks and pass around. And being able to put a timeline on pieces on my end will really help

And I don't know anything about Evernote, but let me know what you find out.

Date: 2014-12-29 03:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
i took a massive shit on literature in February and i am only returning now. mainly because i joined an rp with all my old rp friends and it has gotten me writing again. yay and yayness!

my plans for 2015 include a full draft of 12:01am, a plot outline of the sequel (...12:01pm, no lie) and some sort of poetry/short story/flash thing since it has been quite a really long time since i've done that. i still have the idea of doing the one based on rap songs forever and ever floating in my head, but, we'll see. if all else fails, a draft or something of 13 birds would be nice. since that still exists.

maybe just seeing what still exists besides 12:01am would be good.

and hopefully reading more and reading for people i know more and yeah. just all that good stuff. you know. ready to be in the world again.

Date: 2014-12-31 04:35 pm (UTC)
ext_289215: (Default)
From: [identity profile]
RPs are really great things. I wish I didn't constantly fall out of them when I got started on them. Pfah.

Yes, I like these plans, you should definitely carry forward with these plans. Let me know if you need any help with anything, or just want to bounce ideas around.


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