Read, Write, Bliss Highlights of 2012
January 7, 2013 § 2 Comments
It’s Good to Have Goals
I didn’t finish the novel in 2012. But enough of that. I’m going to focus on the positive— the accomplishments and highlights of 2012.
Made serious progress on the novel
- Finished draft 2.
- Finished the detailed timeline.
- Finished the in depth character bios.
- Finshed the Save the Cat Beat Sheet.
- Revamped the mythic outline after reading The Writer’s Journey
- Started draft 3 which includes a lot of total rewrites and scrapping of old scenes and creating new scenes thanks to the whole timeline and character bio and save the cat thing. Oh, well. It’s gotta be done.
Finished my 2012 Goodreads Challenge
I haven’t read 25 books in a year since I was in college!
This group really knows the writing and publishing industry, all of the members are very interactive and supportive, and I look forward to the meetings because they are super fun.
Met a whole bunch of authors in person
Alisa Valdes—The Dirty Girls Social Club, The Temptation, The Feminist and the Cowboy
I love Alisa’s openness and honesty about everything. She proves that vulnerability is strength.
Alyson Noël — Fated, Faking 19, The Immortals series, Fly Me to the Moon
Alyson’s Soul Seekers series is set in New Mexico. She also turned me on to Save the Cat, and my “Save the Cat” moment in my book makes it much better.
Susan Elizabeth Phillips— The Great Escape, Natural Born Charmer, It Had to be You
SEP gave me the idea to nix the prologue in my book, and it’s better for it.
Darynda Jones —Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet, Third Grave Dead Ahead
I love, love, love Darynda’s Charley Davidson series.
Katie Lane— Going Cowboy Crazy, Make Mine a Bad Boy
Katie’s books may just make me check out the country and western dance hall here in town. I’ve heard there are a lot of pretty cowboys there!
I’ll always remember how just about every twelve year old girl was reading Forever, on the bus and on the playground. We were so relieved that somebody was speaking to us frankly and genuinely about love, sex, and girlhood. And, yes, this is still my Facebook cover page photo.
Got a comic book signed by Len Wein.
Plus, my blog post was posted to the ACE Facebook page and to their blog on the SuperCon2K site.
The celebrity sightings!
Met Daniel Gillies at ABQ Comic Con
He’s even hotter in person, really easy to talk to (once I actually got up the nerve to walk over to him), and pegged me for several years younger than I am. Score!
I love Gilmore Girls, own every season on DVD, so this was a real treat.
Julie Dunfey’s advice to aspiring creators: If you have enthusiasm and passion for your project and communicate that, you can sell it.
It was a total blast, and the trailer is fantastic. Check it out.
On to a fabulous and productive 2013!