2017 In Review

Wow, can you believe that 2017 is just about over?

And this year was kind of a trash fire… With all the negatively, it was easy to get depressed.

At least, I know it was easy to get a bit down on myself, especially when I’m behind on writing goals or haven’t touched my sketch pad in a month. So, I figured I’d take a look back at my goals for this year and remember all the things I did manage to accomplish.

Physical Wellness

I’m gone for my day job typically 10-12 hours a day, so it makes it tough to keep any sort of workout schedule, but I managed pretty well all things considered. I tried yoga earlier this year and I even made sure to pay special attention during NaNoWriMo so I wouldn’t neglect my health to find more writing time.

And I ran a half-marathon! Over 13 grueling miles, but it was so totally worth it 🙂

Reading

In a world of ignorance and negativity, this was a year for trying to expand my horizons by reading more books and different genres I’m not typically drawn to, namely non-fiction.

My original goal was to read 10 non-fiction books and at least 52 books total. Thinking back, I know I read at least 8 non-fiction books plus several other classics and stories inspired by true events. So I’ll consider this a success. I also managed to read over 70 books this year!

And don’t think I just sit on my butt reading all day. I’m on the road for work at least 2 hours every day, so I make it through a lot of audio books. Plus I read on the bike or elliptical at the gym, on my breaks at work, and usually an hour or so before bed too.

Um yeah… I’m a book nerd.

Writing

I finished my edits on the first book in my urban/contemporary fantasy series. And I broke out of my shell to submit it for Pitch Wars. Although it wasn’t chosen as a finalist, I met a bunch of great people and even left my comfort zone to write a blog post for author Dan Koboldt’s Science in Sci-Fi Blog.

And I jumped into the query trenches! I’ve started sending out query emails to agents and plan to send more in early 2018. No bites yet, but I did get some compliments on my writing style and concept 🙂

Now as for NaNoWriMo… I didn’t win this year, but only just barely. I wrote almost 49,000 words in the month of November. I’m hoping to finish my YA space opera in early 2018 and then will be on the lookout for beta readers 🙂

So, all together 2017 was actually a pretty productive year for me!

How about you?

What accomplishments are you proud of from 2017?

 

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