Journal

Dec 2018 Wrap-Up

Writing:

This year was all about revisions. I’ve definitely felt the level-up speed bump. Well, more like a wall? Revisions on the Gothic novel have been as pleasant as pulling teeth: knowing I’m not quite there, but almost, but not knowing what “there” means.

I took the last week off (the child was sick so everyone was exhausted), and you know, I think it’s just what I needed. I’ve got an idea that won’t let go. Unfortunately this idea means that I’m going to have to start over with this round of revisions. So it goes! I believe it’s worth it.

Living:

I don’t know what to say about 2018, except that it felt like forever, and I felt nearly every possible emotion. I’m glad to put it behind me, but I’m taking a few lessons out of it too…

  1. It only takes one yes.
  2. Writing gets harder the more you know, not easier. The frustration means you have gotten better not worse.
  3. People do change. Sometimes for the better, sometimes not. You can’t predict it, and neither is it your fault.
  4. People will get used to you wearing bold lipstick.
  5. Every story takes it’s own time. You can’t force a breakthrough. You just need to trust that you will figure it out someday. Sometimes that means setting a story aside for weeks, days, years.
  6. There’s always more work if you’re looking for it. The hard part is making time for everything else.
  7. Happiness is something you have to keep fighting for, even if it means doing one small thing every day that makes you smile.
  8. Sometimes being brave feels an awful lot like being afraid all the time.

May your 2019 be better than the last year. To more adventures! I can’t wait to see what good things happen for you all 🙂

Recommending:

Four Days Trapped at Sea with Crypto’s Noveau Rich by Laurie Penny – Even if you aren’t into tech, read it for the writing alone. It’s simultaneously brilliant, funny, and horrifying.

Reading:

  • Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore (YA)
  • Flirting with Disaster by Victoria Dahl
  • The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert (YA)
  • The Cruel Prince by Holly Black (YA)
  • From Twinkle with Love by Sandhya Menon (YA)
  • Royals by Rachel Hawkins (YA)
  • Roomies & The Proposal by Christina Lauren
  • Geekerella by Ashley Poston (YA)
  • City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab (MG)
  • A Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev
  • A Change of Heart by Sonali Dev

4 Comments

  1. I love love love your end of year list, especially #2, #3, and #5.

    Good luck with the next round of revisions! I’m so inspired by and proud of all the hard work you’re putting into this.

  2. “People do change. Sometimes for the better, sometimes not. You can’t predict it, and neither is it your fault.”

    Very true — in life and in fiction. Characters will surprise you in all sorts of ways, if you don’t hold the reins too tight.

    “People will get used to you wearing bold lipstick.”

    I probably won’t test this one. The lipstick might get smudged on my mustache. 🙂
    (And now I’m engaged in entirely too much research on “moustache” vs. “mustache”…)

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