Thanks to the economy 2009 was a tough year all the way around. Too many friends lost their jobs; too many businesses closed their doors (although I and a bunch of non-writer friends were able to help keep one from going under.) Publishing had more than its fair share of new problems along with the usual turmoil and squabbling. I don't think I'll be alone when I happily kick 2009 out the back door for good.
On the career front I had many blessings: wrote six books, sold rights to five, finished two novel series (Darkyn and StarDoc), began a new series (Kyndred) and am now working on a novel trilogy in a new-for-me genre that will debut in 2011. I'm grateful to my guy, my kids and my blogpals and visitors for helping me stay upbeat and focused on what's important.
Memorable moments from 2009: Cole joining the family, me joining Genreality, having a book rank in the Times BSL top twenty for only the second time in my career, photographing stuff for my year-long art project, PBWindow.
Unhappiest moments from 2009: not receiving the original, beautiful cover art I was shown for Rob's book, having eye surgery and the aftermath, having to give up LB&LI, nursing my kid through H1N1.
Weirdest Moment of 2009: No contest there, it was definitely discovering that a bird had nested in our grill.
My favorite PBW post of the year was Publishing 911, which also proved to be one of the most popular with everyone who stopped in during 2009.
The book that was the most useful to the writer me in 2009 was definitely Sage Cohen's Writing the Life Poetic. I hate to pick favorites in fiction, so I'll just say the most surprising novel I read in 2009 was Trick of the Light by Rob Thurman.
Some other fun posts from 2009:
January: Ten Things to Explain Why You Can't Update Your Blog
February: Ten Things Your Romance Novel Heroine Should Never Do, The 22 Immutable Laws of Publishing
March: Hate-Mail Fun, The RITA Drinking Game
April: Warning, Writing with the Stars
May: Cafe Temptation
June: The Seven Deadly Writing Sins, Writer Jeopardy, Ten Things I Hate about Your Antagonist
July: Phalluses and Fallacies, LBL&LI Virtual Workshop #5 -- Art Vs. Life
August: Mawked by Dawkness
September: What Goes Around, Ten Things You Probably Shouldn't Ask for During Contract Negotiations, The Promonator
October: Ten Chinese Cookie Fortunes, and What They Really Mean for Writers
November: The Last NanoPost, Ten Things That Appear in Your Novel, and What They Tell Me, Ten New Terms for Writer Woes
December: Ten Things I Don't Want for Christmas
2009 was my eleventh year working as a pro, and while a great deal has changed for every writer, too much in Publishing has stayed the same. I'm looking at 2010 as a year of opportunity for me and the industry, and I hope we're both up to the challenge.
What will you all remember from 2009? Let us know in comments.