2018 Year in Review

I cannot believe it is already 2019.

November and December flew by for me with final assignments and exams, and like a lot of other things in my life, I had to press pause on my blog. I’m excited to be back with this post, and I’m even more excited for the coming year.

Today I want to reflect on my blog and what has happened since I started working on it almost exactly a year ago today.

First I’d like to recap my goals and hopes that I stated during my very first post.

1. Consistently update my blog.
This is my 42nd post. While the number is a bit lower than I expected, I feel extremely happy with the posts that I do have. It’s really exciting to scroll through all I’ve written about this year and see what ideas and trends I was thinking about at various points of the year.

2. Write a variety of short pieces.
I 100% completed this goal! Not only did I do work on my children’s story (the longest of my short pieces), but I dabbled with micro fiction, and created a portfolio of creative nonfiction.

3. Start working on a long term project
This year I started my pirate book. While it’s been a while since I’ve dedicated time to it, the project is still very much in the works (I’m about 30,000 words into my first draft). Not only my pirates, but the I have another long-term the project I’ve been working on while leading my local public library’s Writer’s Circle that has been going quite splendidly.

4. Edit and query my children’s books series.
Nope. I have not done this. I made an effort during one of the Camp sessions, but I did not get my draft to a point where it was ready to submit to publishers or agents. I will continue working on this goal!

5. Rediscover my lost joy of writing.
Check. Check. Check. So so much. While I haven’t had as much time to write as I have had in previous years, this year I had so much fun creating worlds, trying new types of creative writing, working on the editing process of a book I love, and leading writer’s circle and seeing young writers eagerly crafting stories that they love. In my first post I said there would likely be a story about how I originally lost my joy of writing. I didn’t have the opportunity (or perhaps courage?) to write that post this year, but maybe 2019 it will come.

And here are some of my other goals that I set throughout 2018:

1. I want to return to the project I put in the side during July’s NaNo
Nope. I didn’t do that at all. By the time November hit, I was so swamped with school work that I spent NaNo writing papers and essays.
2. I want to read 15 books.
Now, I didn’t reach this goal, but I am still going to check it as successful.
After I set the goal to read 15 books by the end of 2018 I read 11 books. I’m currently in the middle of another book, but didn’t finish it before the new year. Here are the books I read for this goal:

1.The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis
2.The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
3.The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis
4.Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis
5.Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis
6.The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
7.The Perilous Journey by Trenton Lee Stewart
8.My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok
9.Rowan Hood: Outlaw Girl of Sherwood Forest by Nancy Springer
10.Montmorency Eleanor Updale
11.Village Life in Tsarist Russia by Olga Semyonova Tian-Shanskaia

And that pretty much covers what I’ve done and what I haven’t done on this blog and in my writing during 2018. Normally I’d know what I want to do in terms of writing goals for the next year, but as I’ve mentioned, I was a bit behind in 2018. So be on the lookout for my goals and ideas for 2019 later this week!

Thank you all for taking the time to read my blog this past year. The first year was a blast, and I’m excited to see what 2019 will bring!

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