Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year!

Wow, I can’t believe 2016 is upon us! Yesterday someone said, “I’ll see you next year,” and it took me a second to realize that would be later in the week.

2015 has been a great year in many ways. I don’t think I’ve ever had a more productive year of writing. It was hard at times to balance work, family life, and writing time. I know it is tricky for all writers and I’m still figuring out what works best for me (it seems to change depending on the type of project and where I’m at with the project). I’m totally behind on TV and movie watching, scrapbooking, and crafting, but I’m okay with that. There are only so many hours in the day and I’ve found that I feel better when I put my hours toward writing and reading.

A dear friend of mine shared an inspirational quote with me and more than anything else, this was the mantra that kept my priorities in check:

A year from now, you will wish you had started today.

I LOVE this quote and it’s absolutely true. A year ago there was a lot that I wanted to accomplish and I’m very proud of past-Kristy for sticking to her guns and following her dreams.

In a blog post I wrote in January, I listed all of my goals for 2015. Looking back, I don’t think I did too bad:

1) Go to the Vermont College Fine Arts retreat March 2015—check!
2) Go to two regional SCBWI conferences and apply to Rutgers—check!
3) Actually get accepted to Rutgers—check!
4) Finish my current draft and start the next draft this summer—check!
5) Revise through the summer and fall—check!
6) Be ready to start querying by the end of the year—well…not quite ;)
7) Start a new WIP once querying begins—eh, kind of since I started it between drafts

I didn’t exactly reach every goal, but I got pretty close. I also read more books this year than ever before (for the record, that’s still a ridiculously small amount compared to some writers I know, but at least I’m making progress!) I wrote 10,000 words on a new YA manuscript. And, weirdly, I’m close to finishing my first picture book manuscript—something I never thought I’d write!

I’ll save my 2016 goals for a future post. For now, I’m just going to bask in my accomplishments. J  (If I don’t, who will?!)

Finally, it wouldn't be an end-of-the-month blog post if I didn't include pictures of my progress for the month. I'm including November and December here since I didn't post the November picture. 








Here’s to an amazing 2015 and an even better 2016! Happy New Year!