I've been putting more energy into writing than into blogging or this website (and I still think this website would be better as a static page instead of a blog, but, hey, life's too busy to complete that thought process and make a change).
This year, I sold my first short story, "Catch a Falling Star." It's a hopeful little story about finding hope in dark places and success in failure. You can find it in Triangulation: Dark Skies, edited by Diane Turschek and Chloe Nightingale, published by Parsec, Inc.
Early in the year, I started working on edits for The Guardian Mermaid but ultimately put it on the shelf for a little while. I might still come back to it some time in the future, but other projects were calling.
In the middle of the year, I made a lot of progress on my World of Prophecies world building and dove into a rewrite of the earlier draft. Then I realized I was still trying to introduce too many characters at once, and I came up with some delightful ideas for the series of antagonists, so I went back to untangling timelines and setting up conflicts.
When the Pitch Wars deadline was creeping up, a grad school bud encouraged me to try to get something ready to throw into pitch pile, so I went back to my YA Sci-Fi, Secret of the Stars. I didn't get edits done in time for the Pitch Wars window, but I latched my teeth into the draft and worked my way through to the end, NaNoWriMo Rebel style. This one is now in the hands of beta readers.
While I take a month away from Secret of the Stars, I'm tackling a middle grade fantasy project I started dreaming up a few months ago, inspired by my love of Redwall, Avatar: The Last Airbender, dragons, Animorphs, and a bundle of other things all together. Tentatively titled Dragon Scales, it is the saga of a mouse born with dragon magic in a world where mice aren't supposed to be able to do any magic at all.
As I look back through the year, I see growth. I'm growing in confidence. I'm growing in stamina--a different sort of stamina than the stamina that let me write nearly 500,000 words in one month. This is the stamina to stick with one specific project and choose not to let distractions get in my way.
I look forward to 2020 being a year of finishing things, querying things, building off of this year's growth.
(And maybe I'll find the time to do something about this website.)