At the end of every year I sift through the archives to see how things went, what I accomplished and where I might improve things with PBW and my writing life. I think it helps me to reflect, plus it gives me something interesting to post on the last day of the year.
My theme for 2013 was a mystery, and pretty much remained that all year. While I did have some interesting revelations, tried some new things and reached a lovely career landmark, I also wrestled with a bunch of disappointments and challenges behind the scenes. I always tried to reach for the roses this past year, I think, even when I knew all I'd probably get was a handful of thorns.
The summer seemed particularly tough, as it rained almost every day for three months. While I love the rain I could have done without the accompanying lightning, which cut my available computer time in half. I think that was the worst the year threw at me, and for helping me through it I have to thank my friends and regular visitors here. You all kept me working on many days when I really didn't feel like getting out of bed at all. I'm hoping that 2014 delivers fairer skies for all of us.
On the plus side, I began publishing a new series in a new genre with a new publisher; the first novel was released in a new-to-me format. All of that was very exciting and inspiring, as I love to take new roads on the journey. I am exceedingly grateful to everyone who was involved in helping me launch Disenchanted & Co. -- it really was a dream come true for me.
Here's a look back at what I think were the best posts of 2013:
January: Title Logic, Writerisms, Journaling Small
February: Just So We're Clear, Booksigning No-Nos, Ten Author Collaborations We'd Like to See
March: Ten Things I'd Like to Write Before I Kick the Bucket, The Never Read Library, Lost and Found
April: The Hours, Be Happy We Work at Home, 750 Words
May: Another First, Inconveniences, Because Sometimes You Need a Prompt
June: Secret Rooms, Story Improvement, When I Can't Write
July: If Ideas Were Alligators, Ten Things Writers Say (and What They Really Mean), Golden
August: Aftermath, Recycling Books in 1892, SPAMmed Again
September: Building with Books, His Lordship Ten, Recycle X 5: Bookmark Keeper
October: Laws of Physics? Need Not Apply, Way of the Spinyback, Raised by a Barn
November: Trust Issues, Push, To Drawer or Not to Drawer
December: Sword of Unimaginable Annoyance, Gift No-Nos, BNE1
Welcome 2014. May you be as lucky for us as we all hope.