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My Awesome Works in Progress

Even though it’s the beginning of December, I’m already taking a look back at my resolutions from the beginning of the year. I accomplished a significant number of them – among the list, I lost ~7 pounds past my goal weight (don’t hate!), I wrote more short stories than I’d planned, and I’ve spent more meaningful time with my husband. The last one is the most important – this has really been the best year together – my husband’s awesome!

I fell short on other resolutions, of course, including finishing two novels this year. Erm. But I’m forging ahead.

I may be getting ahead of myself, but here are my three works-in-progress, all of which I plan complete in the upcoming year:

  • Finish my children’s fantasy novel by the end of January.
  • Work on the new novel and complete as much as possible before June, and see what happens from there. Because, you see, I’m pregnant. (!!!) Which leads to my next work-in-progress:
  • Have baby on or around June 16th.

Why am I announcing here first, and so far down on the page? (though I admit I’ve told quite a few people in person already.) Because I think it’ll be awesome (or possibly depressing) to see who’s actually reading my new blog.

I’m stopping here for a minute ask that you hold off congratulating me on Facebook or Twitter or wherever else until I say something this weekend. Why? Again, because I want to see who my REAL friends are. Just kidding. Maybe.

Anyway, just have fun sharing my semi-secret work-in-progress with me here for the next few days. I’m really excited to be pregnant, but I’m also pretty apprehensive about how I’ll manage writing time and mommy time over the next couple of years (and beyond – I’m a big family kind of girl). I have a lot of questions/concerns that I’ll be voicing over the upcoming months, and hopefully some of you can help me find solutions, or at the very least possibilities.

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More news, plus what am I actually writing?

So I’m actually quite behind on updating how things are on the writing front. I usually don’t have THAT much to update, so… this is nice.

Okay. So. I have now madeĀ  52 submissions to various short story markets since August 31 of last year, and all but three of those were made in 2012. I’m quite pleased with this, as I means I’ve been active about sending my stories out, and that I’ll definitely have made 50 within 2012 alone. I am doubly impressed with myself, as I started out 2012 with only 2 stories, and am finishing with 10, plus a partially completed novel.

The next bit of good news is that I was named a semi-finalist in the 3rd quarter of the Writers of the Future contest! This news came around the same time that I won 2nd place in the Story Star Publishing contest, so that was a pretty good week. I received my critique from David Farland, the coordinating judge for the contest, who mentioned that my story almost made finalist, except that he didn’t like the ending.

… drat.

But! still.

So with all that news to distract me this month, I’ve been editing two of my short stories to get them where I think they’ll have a better chance of selling than they did in their previous incarnation, plus I’m slowly pushing forward with my children’s novel. My goal is to finish THAT project by the end of the year.

We’ll see.

Anyway, that’s it for now. Here’s hoping I can keep filling this sweet little blog up with happy bits of news to chew on during the times that nothing seems to be happening with my career.