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31 December 2009 @ 03:08 pm
Year in Review, sort of.  
This is what I posted in 2008, at the turn of the year:

I am not going to post a Good-bye 2008 or Hello 2009 post. Really, the less said for me, the better. 2008 was pretty much the year of bad news, worse news, and more worse news for me, and I'd as soon forget the entire damn year ever happened. 2009 can only really excite me at all by providing some form of spectacular-ness or other to overshadow the previous year. I am not making resolutions; rather, I am praying for a better year to come.

Well. I can't say that 2009 was spectacular, exactly, but it was better than 2008. We didn't get much more in the way of "worse news", just maintained a kind of status quo of not-so-great that carried over from the previous year. That whole not able to have kids thing? You don't just deal with it, and it goes away. No. It's like a death in the family you never quite get over. Every time someone else gets pregnant, or has a baby, or you see something like the movie Up by Pixar, you are reminded of your loss in a powerful way that words cannot describe if you haven't been there yourself. And in 2009, my sister had a beautiful baby girl. I love my niece an awful lot. But I've also cried more than once since she came to exist, because of feelings that have nothing whatsoever to do with her, personally.

I will say that one really amazing thing happened that I can't go into, and have to sort of pretend never happened by mutual agreement. It closed an extremely stressful chapter in my life that I can happily never revisit again, thank you very much. So, that I am very, very grateful for.

As for writing related things, I've spent 2009 revising Nemesis. Or should I say, rewriting from the ground up. It's been an experience that has taught me a whole lot about writing in general, and revision in particular, that I didn't know before. It's a better book. A much better book, I think. In 2010, we'll see what others think, including the wonderful agent who is pretty much solely responsible for pushing me to do this. Even if nothing comes of it agent or publication-wise, I owe her a great debt of gratitude for teaching me something enormous and helpful about my writing that I didn't know before.

I also wrote and submitted a novella in a couple of weeks. It's set in the same universe as Nemesis, and utilizes a couple of side characters from the novel. It was also an emormous learning experience for me, and a challenge I was quite satisfied with having met, in the end. Short fiction and me = not such good friends, historically speaking. (Ironically, it's the only publication credit I have! But ask me how many unpublishable shorts I have lying around.) I feel like maybe I've learned a bit more about that form of writing since I was trying it several years ago. Writing novels has actually taught me a lot about writing shorter forms! Go figure!

Anyway, Veritas didn't get picked up for the anthology I submitted it to, but it did get the best rejection I've ever had. I don't know that I've ever really said anything specific about that rejection, but the editor basically said it was a really hard decision, but she was rejecting Veritas because ultimately, she wanted to see more of it - a full length novel. Which is awesome! Except I already have a full length novel in that world I'm revising, the first in a planned series. I'm not opposed to making Veritas longer, but that will be one of those conversations I have with my eventual agent. My current, vague plan is to expand it a little beyond the word count restraints previously applied to it, and then perhaps offer it as free fiction to help promote Nemesis, assuming it gets a publishing contract one day. But again, that's not a decision I feel fully qualified to make myself. That's why authors get agents!

Speaking of Nemesis, those revisions are almost compete. Then it's off to submission/queries again, and waiting. In the meantime, I will of course have to start something new. I've been playing with space pirates for so long (two years!), I'm sort of at a loss of what to do next. That will be one of those things i'm looking forward to discovering in 2010. New characters! New worlds! New pictures to hunt down for my imaginary cast! Exciting. :) I'm also looking forward to attending Norwescon this coming April.

I also got my Kindle in 2009, and because of that, I've been able to read a lot more books, and reading has been a cornerstone of my life for as long as I can remember. I guess 2009 did have some good/exciting things about it, after all. :)

I hope everyone has a safe and happy New Year, and I'll see you all in 2010. :D
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