Since 2009 or so, New Year’s Eve has been more of a “thank God it’s over and I can try again” celebration for me, but this time around was different. I was honestly sad to see 2013 go, because it was an amazing year full of progress and adventure.
2013 was the year I landed a gig as a freelance contributor for Popular Mechanics, kept working steadily at NFC Times, and got to do some exciting work for some other awesome projects, including Petcentric and Home Depot Military; it was also the year I had two more short stories published and won National Novel Writing Month with a finished rough draft.
2013 was the year I attended a citizen science workshop in Dallas, took a research trip to Austin, and covered an industry conference in Las Vegas; it was also the year I climbed a volcano in New Mexico, went snorkeling in Florida, hiked White Sands and Hueco Tanks, and saw Hoover Dam.
2013 was the year I was there when my family needed me; it was also the year I discovered Coursera and took several fascinating online classes, finally learned to knit something other than garter-stitch rectangles, made handmade Christmas gifts for everyone on my list, and caught up on the classics of science fiction.
2013 was the year I made new friends and finally reconnected with old friends; it was also the year I left my native Texas and moved to Kansas.
I’m grateful for the awesome opportunities and those ahead of me this year, and I hope that 2014 builds on last year’s awesomeness. Here’s the plan:
- Revise that draft of Spellshocked and submit it for publication
- Write a short story every month except November and submit as many of them as possible to good markets
- Win National Novel Writing Month a second time
- Do more and better work for Popular Mechanics, NFC Times, and my other contracts
- Take (and actually finish) more classes on Coursera
- Finish up that Skywarn storm spotter certification course
- Learn to crochet (my grandma has already promised to help with that one)
I can’t wait (and since this post is a few days late, I don’t actually have to).