Wednesday’s Edmonton book launch of Masked Mosaic: Canadian Super Stories and Krista D. Ball’s book, What Kings Ate and Wizard’s Drank, was equal parts exciting, nerve-wracking and intimidating. It was the first time I’d ever signed books for strangers and the first time I’d ever attended the launch of an anthology with one of my stories in it. Thank gawd it was for the one Jo and I wrote together because that meant he got to be there with me, signing, chatting and keeping me sane.
In the end it was fun. Emotional, but fun. I learned a lot that will come in handy for the next book signing/launch I attend, and I met some awesome people.
It’s officially launch day for Masked Mosaic: Canadian Super Stories. Yay!
They are having launch events all over the place, so no matter which end of the country you live in there may be something near you. You can check out the details here: The Heroes (or Villains) Behind the Masks. As you’ll see if you follow that link, the editors are doing something cool. Over the next 24 days they are each writing a short blog post about each story. I love that idea! I already read Claude’s blog about E.L. Chen’s story, Nocturne and once I post this blog I’m going to seek out Camille’s. Also, I won’t lie, my ego can’t wait to see what they say about the story Jo and I contributed, Sea and Sky.
You know, there are covers, and then there are covers. And while it’s always a pleasure to be included in an anthology, I will admit that I’m shallow enough that exactly how happy I am about any given publication can be influenced by the cover.
I am ecstatic about this one.
This is the cover for Masked Mosaic: Canadian Super Hero Stories. I love this cover. Love it. Jo and I have a story in it called Sea and Sky and I just cannot wait to have this schmexy looking book on my ego shelf.
Unfortunately I have to wait because the anthology isn’t out until the end of the month, but damn.
It’s that time of year again, when I look back at the goals I set the year before and create new ones for the year to come. These are not resolutions, I was sorely tempted to begin and end my yearly goals in the middle of summer just to get away from the R word, but it turns out that my desire to be lazy outweighs my desire to be contrary 😉 So here we go, how did I do on reaching my 2012 goals?
For 2012 I wanted to address not just writing, but also editing and schoolwork so I broke my goals up into four categories: Health (because that affects every part of my life), School, Writing and Editing. My specific goals for 2012 were:
Continue to eat healthy. In my case that is a low-sodium pescatarian diet.
I’m going to call this one successful (hence the bolding ;)) though there is definitely room for debate. I eat when I’m emotional and it’s been an emotional freaking year, but overall, I’m pleased with how I’ve done, not least of all because this year I was able to recognize when I was eating for reasons other than hunger. It’s a small step, but at least it’s in the right direction.
No drinking energy drinks
Um, I did pretty well with this at first, and I’m not drinking them now, but there was a period when my sister and niece were staying with us and also when my mom died that I used energy drinks as a crutch to get through the day without napping. Understandable, I think, but it means I didn’t reach this goal.
Remember soft drinks are a ‘sometimes food’ (Thanks Cookie Monster)
Erm… yeah. I started out strong on this one but as I write this blog there is a Diet Dr. Pepper sitting within reach on my desk so… yeah. Goal not accomplished.
Workout at least five times a week
This I was good at for most of the year. I was working out six days a week and was making Danica do it with me. We did some 30 Day Shred stuff, Couch to 5k (before I screwed up my ankle. Again) and were only a couple weeks away from completing the P90x Lean program when my Mom died. It sounds like an excuse, but when she died my world sort of tipped upside down and I am still struggling to get back into the workout habit. It will definitely be on the goal list for 2013. I’m calling this goal accomplished though because I did very well.
Not even close. This has been SUPER frustrating for me because I felt like I was working really hard and the scale just wasn’t moving the way it was meant to. (I say that in the past tense because I sort of fell off the ‘working hard’ wagon in November and December.)
School: I think this year is going to be more writing and editing-centric so my school goal is optional, depending on time and stress.
Finish one, or, if I’m feeling super energetic, two more courses toward my degree
I didn’t do any courses toward my degree in 2012. I intend to change that up for 2013.
Write the first draft of Consequence
Didn’t happen. I don’t have a great excuse as to why it didn’t happen, I just got distracted.
Participate in the monthly version of Write 1 Sub 1. I have a habit of writing ‘cast-off’ poetry for things like this when I become overwhelmed. That’s not acceptable here. Poetry only counts if it is in a complete and publishable form that I’m proud of. Same goes for stories.
Thank gawd for W1S1. Without it my writing productivity would have been even lower than it already was. I was successful in doing the monthly version of W1S1 and I look forward to doing a modified weekly version in 2013.
Figure out what to do with Shadows and my zombie poetry and get to work on doing it. This can mean looking for an agent, a publisher or any number of other things. I can’t be specific until I’ve made a decision
Done and done. Shadows has been shelved for the time being. I keep having ideas on how I can improve it and feeling the temptation to pull it out and revise it again but so far I’ve resisted. I think I need to move on for now. I’ll come back to Shadows someday, but not anytime soon. As for the zombie poetry, I’ve also figured out what I’m going to do with it… I just haven’t actually got it done yet. I will definitely be including that in my goals for 2013. The zombie poetry project is stalled temporarily while I wait on something I need from someone else, but soon… soon…
Either finish a first draft of Hollow Children or a transcription of Twixt
Hmm… I don’t know whether or to call this accomplished or not. Technically I didn’t do either of those things so I guess it’s not accomplished, however… instead of transcribing Twixt (I wrote the first draft long hand and so needed to type it up) I started doing the How to Revise Your Novel course using it as the project I was working on. What I discovered in the process of taking that course and doing the exercises was that Twixt, as it was written, was fatally flawed so I didn’t transcribe it. I didn’t begin working on a new draft either because it wasn’t until the end of November that I figured out what exactly I’d done wrong and how to fix it. Interestingly enough, that is also true of Hollow Children. I was hopelessly stalled on it until the end of November when I had an epiphany and figured out how to fix it. So there’s that…
Revise the whack of ‘mostly finished’ short stories sitting in my Dropbox and start looking for homes for them
I did manage to do this… and then I participated in the Whittaker Prize (see below) and added a bunch more ‘mostly finished’ short stories to my Dropbox to work on. Wheee!
NaNoWriMo is optional. So is NovPad.
I participated in NaNoWriMo and was successful despite restarting several times and switching projects three times. I attempted NovPad but was far less successful. The good thing about NovPad, as my friend Beth pointed out to me is that the prompts are always there. So I’ll keep working through them. Just like I did last year (see below). Ya know, it seems I’m not really very good at this NovPad thing LoL
Participate in the Whittaker Prize again this year, but in only one category, not both.
I participated in the short story section of the Whittaker Prize this year and ended up placing 10th overall with a final score, after six rounds, of 453. I… don’t know how that compares to how I’ve done in previous years but I feel really good about the work I produced for the Whittakers this year. In fact, one of my stories even tied for first on one of the rounds O_o That had never happened before LOL
Finish writing poems for all the 2011 Novpad prompts
Done. One of these years I may actually finish writing poems for all the NovPad prompts in November. One day…
Implement the new payment system for Niteblade
Done. And best of all, it seems to be working. I haven’t finished all the totals for Niteblade’s sales for 2012 but I strongly suspect that when I do we’ll find that we had our best year yet. Yay!
Run a fundraiser and increase promotion in order to move out of the red
Done. We raised $108.78 to help pay our writers and artist.
Super Sekkrit Projekt w CJD (not Niteblade-related)
I’ve done what I can on this project and it’s now in other people’s hands. I’ve got my fingers crossed that something will come of it, but right now I have to wait and see.
Also? I blogged every week. Whoot!
You know, looking back, I’m actually super impressed with myself. I didn’t accomplish everything I set out to do, but overall I did pretty damn good. Even without factoring in all the challenges I had to overcome (because really, though this year feels like it was exceptionally bad for that, every year comes with its own set of obstacles, right?). Maybe I’m getting better at this whole goal setting thing LOL
In addition to the goals I set for myself, 2012 had a few other highlights for me as well. A few, just off the top of my head are:
Writing my first story with Jo and having it be a whopping success. That story, Sea and Sky, will be included in the Masked Mosaic anthology which is coming out in February.
I am incredibly pleased to announce that the story I co-wrote with Jo (whose full name is Jonathan) has been sold to the very anthology we originally wrote it for. Sea and Sky will be included in the Masked Mosaic anthology from Tyche Books, edited by Camille Alexa and Claude Lalumière.
If you follow this blog regularly, you may be scratching your head a little bit. Back when I first blogged about this story in an entry I called …and Then the Magic Happened I said the editors had passed on the piece and I was sending it elsewhere. They did, and I did. But then even more magic happened. They changed their mind.
Oh my God, right? That like, never happens. But it did!