Oh, MAN. It has been a long time since I’ve posted. I don’t even know, you guys. It feels like I’ve been lost in the jungle and I’ve just been “discovered” in the jungle by Mr. Stanley.
First and foremost, I have relocated. I was in Los Angeles, and now I am back in the Midwest, in the Detroit Metro region.
It was quite an adventure. My company was bought out and the new owners decided they didn’t want or need an office in LA. They let us all go but gave us all nice severance, which was nice. Bear and I decided that it was time to move back home, to Michigan.
I ended up getting hired by a pretty awesome company in Detroit but they wanted me to start ASAP. I put together a move in very little time- I was technically hired on August 14th and I start on September 4th. I planned and executed a cross country move in two weeks.
This was AFTER our trip to the Outer Banks to help celebrate my grandparents 60th wedding anniversary. 60 YEARS, y’all. That is quite an achievement and I was so happy and honored that I could join them in their celebration.
It was also a reminder of how long I’ve been with Bear, myself. My grandparents took us all on a family cruise for their 50th anniversary 10 years ago and I was dating Bear at the time. He wasn’t able to go with us, as we weren’t married yet. I do distinctly recall being told that if he “put a ring on it” he could come a long. Funny thing, it was pre-Single Ladies and it was from my super conservative, not particularly pop culture savvy aunt, which makes the comment even funnier to me.
I’ve been trying to get back into the groove of a Midwest winter and a new job, which has been fun. I say that with only a LITTLE bit of sarcasm. I’ve also had to get used to not attending my regular RWA meetings- EVA, LARA, and OCC! I miss all you guys!!!
I did find a great chapter here in the area and have been attending somewhat regularly- Greater Detroit RWA. At the Christmas dinner, I won a full manuscript read from an e-publisher that I am SUPER excited about, mostly because they sell m/m romances, which is the book I am working on right now and I think that I could have a real shot at publication once I submit to this editor.
I’m trying to set my timeline for this- when do I want to have it completed by and then when do I want it submitted by. Based on my production over the past month, I’m not sure what the best time frame is for me.
I wanted to do a 2012 year-end run down before I jump on what I want to accomplish in 2013, so here we go!
1) Final Word Count for 2012: 135,483
This is a pretty great word count.
I had signed up for the Get Your Words Out challenge AGAIN this year and had pledged 350,000 words again, in an attempt to hit that bar at least once.
Didn’t happen. It should have, which is upsetting. I could whine and complain that I was losing my job, moving cross country, blah blah blah, but those would be excuses. Lots of people do a lot more under a lot worse conditions, so I have to stop giving myself outs for stuff like this.
Anyway, on the one hand, I am pleased with what I was able to accomplish. On the other, I am disappointed with myself that I didn’t even break the 200,000 mark.
2) National Novel Writing Month final word count: 50,075
I made my NaNo word count just after midnight on the 30th. It felt GOOD.
Especially because I was teaching a class on NaNoWriMo at the time. I had offered to teach the class for OCC back in 2011 and they got me on the schedule for 2012. I had a small but amazing class of ladies that pushed each other (and me) to meet that 50K goal and to keep writing every day. It was an amazing experience and I am hoping to teach the same class this year, although I think that OCC already has something scheduled for the month.
If you are an RWA chapter that is interested in a NaNo class/group for your chapter, let me know! I’d love to work with you!
Anyway, I met my 50K goal and I think I got a lot out of the experience.
I was working on my “Farmer and the Medic” m/m romance story (so I was breaking the rules by working on a project I had already started- so sue me) and managed to figure out a lot of things about my plot and about my characters.
I think I have a better feel for Xander than I did before, and Jake (as always) comes right off the page. I think I need to work on Xander some more to make him really pop and feel just as real and fully realized as Jake does, but I’m happier than I was. I also think that I have the voices down a little better for most of my characters, which feels great, too.
I have roughly 175 pages written in total, which I am working on editing into individual chapters. I think I can get this pounded out over the next few months and should be able to submit my manuscript to the e-publisher that I won the full read from, and we’ll see what kind of feedback I get from her.
So, that’s my end of the year wrap up. How did the rest of you do?