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A New Year's surprise: I'm actually writing a blog post!

*blows dust off the den of writerly wackiness*

So, 2012. You've been insanely busy, frequently maddening, occasionally shiny, and utterly draining. You've been the year of the "lovely writing and there's a lot to like but . . ." rejection. You've been the year of stories I adore and am really proud of not finding any love. But I am done with you, 2012. Done, I say! Now get off my lawn.

2012 Writerly Progress
Despite having some trouble with that whole writing/work/school/singing balance thing, I somehow managed to produce a fairly respectable amount of fiction this past year (respectable for me, at least). One new flash story still needs some pondering and revising, but I also finished four other new stories, one of which has already found a home (see shiny things below). I finished some substantial revisions on two other stories, one of which was a rewrite request that led to a sale to Every Day Fiction also among the shiny things below). And I'm partway through major revisions on yet another story.

Shiny 2012 Things
Since my last blog post, I'm thrilled to say that I received an acceptance from Flash Fiction Online or "The Swan Maiden," one of the new stories I wrote this year. This will be my second appearance in FFO.

As mentioned in a post many months back, my opera-singing zombie story "The Holy Spear" from issue 25 of Black Static ade Ellen Datlow's full list of honorable mentions fo The Best Horror of the Year, volume 4. Admittedly, it's a rather lengthy list, but I'm pleased to be on it all the same.

And I'm happy to have seen the following stories published in 2012:
2013: Bring It!
Ok, 2013, here's what I'd like to get done in the writing department: Those revisions on that story I mentioned earlier. Some more flash stories that actually stay at that length. Perhaps tackle a couple of those short story ideas that have been nibbling at my brain. And get back to the revisions on My Big Fat Epic Fantasy Novel.

Work with me on those, 2013, and I think we can accomplish some awesomeness together.

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Date: 2013-01-03 03:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bogwitch64.livejournal.com
You can accomplish awesome because you ARE awesome. Glad to see you in here!

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Date: 2013-01-03 03:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] babarnett.livejournal.com
Thank you, equally awesome one! Of course it took a couple days before LJ finally let me on after their latest bout of down time....

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Date: 2013-01-03 09:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jakobdrud.livejournal.com
That's a remarkably productive year. And if you sold a story to FFO, it's certainly belongs on the Shiny list. They publish some excellent fiction--Bruce Holland Rogers is a frequent guest on their pages, and he's a master at the short shorts.

Let 2013 be awesome! And let there be writing!

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Date: 2013-01-04 09:37 am (UTC)

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Date: 2013-01-03 08:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] edgyauthor.livejournal.com
Wow, so many writing accomplishments in 2012! Go you! I'm especially impressed that you managed to get five shorts published in a single year. Good luck being just as productive in 2013, if not more-so! :)

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Date: 2013-01-03 08:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] babarnett.livejournal.com
The funny thing is, the year didn't feel very productive, so I was pleasantly surprised to see that a lot more happened than I thought.

Thanks for the good luck, and happy new year!

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Date: 2013-01-03 09:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] edgyauthor.livejournal.com
That's how it was for me, too. I didn't feel that productive with things like reading, but then when I analyzed everything I did at the end of the year, it turned out I accomplished more than I remembered!

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