2017 has been a year of busyness and adventures and struggles and joys and learning. It seems like aaages since the beginning of the year, and yet at the same time…it wasn’t that long ago at all.
What is time anymore. I’m confused. 😛
And as we all should know by now, yearly wrap ups are the thing to do. I am succumbing to the cliche side and I’m going to do one as well. Hopefully you can bear to read another of these posts. I’ll do my best to make it interesting.
Anyhow, since I can’t keep track of things for more than five minutes, it would be impossible for me to do a full year wrap up. I don’t remember what I ate for lunch yesterday. However, I have a couple of random things that happened this year that were exciting, funny, memorable, or happened to pop into my mind while I wrote this post…
I discovered I am actually…an extrovert *gasp*
I know this sounds weird, but it’s true. I had no idea that I was an extrovert until May this year. 😯 Most other people in my family are introverted, my closest friends are introverted, so I simply assumed “well of course I’m an introvert.”
So funny, Jane. 😉
Even people around me knew I was an extrovert. Apparently it was a lot more obvious to them than it was to me, considering I still didn’t know. I’m a people-loving, bouncy, adventuring, sanguine, enfp extrovert. The more you know. (Or, more specifically, the more I know, considering I didn’t realise it for fifteen years of my life. xD)
I wrote four novels (first drafts)
Rogue Escarlate. Operation Flint. A Sprig of Green. Powerless.
Each of these novels were new and exciting (though Operation Flint wasn’t as fun as the others, and it will mostly be thrown off the edge of my local cliff when it comes time for reviewing it) and I absolutely love writing first drafts. They’re like adventures into the wide unknown.
However, it wasn’t all first drafts this year. I also edited Rogue Escarlate and fully planned out my edits for A Sprig of Green—which I will be starting to actually apply at the beginning of 2018. (I’m giving myself a break, such a good girl. I’m so proud.)
Sent out a novel to alphas for the first time
I’d never let anyone but family read my novels in the past, but this year I got four wonderful readers for Rogue Escarlate and argh. They had so many good notes and I’m so grateful for the time they spent on it and it was just a really cool experience overall. Thank you to the epic people who actually read that and liked it even if it is kind of…in need of many revisions. I will get book two to you…one day. I promise I won’t leave you hanging for more than ten years, give or take. 😛
I started my author website!
As you all know, I’m not published yet but this website is one of my steps toward that. Transferring from my blogger blog to this professional website was a big and scary process and there were several times where I was so scared of what other people would think that I wanted to back out of the whole thing.
I’ve had this website for four months now (can you believe it? 😯 ) and I’m ever so glad I chose to go ahead with it despite my fears.
Story from when I started my newsletter: I didn’t think many people would sign up. I was nervously expecting maybe ten people to sign up before the first newsletter went out, and then a couple more people would join later. Pish. You guys totally blew that away. My first newsletter went out to over 30 people, and it’s been growing since then and I can’t believe how many people that is. Like…You guys. You’re the best. I’m so blessed. I love you all.
I’m still experimenting around with my newsletter but I’m really enjoying it all. Every single time I send it out, I get nervous as to whether it was any good, but then you still read it and some of you reply (you know who you are <3 ) and argh. It makes my day, honestly.
I became the official Australian resaler for Burning Rose
I mentioned this in my newsletter at the beginning of the month, but some of you mightn’t know. In October I ordered ten copies of Hope Ann’s Burning Rose and resold them out to friends and family and anyone who would buy them basically. Then I ran out of books and still had more people so I ordered another ten at the end of November!
That’s been one huge learning experience for me. a) Organising details of prices and shipping with Hope Ann and converting between US dollars and Australian was like throwing myself into Mount Doom. b) Marketing practice!! I got to test out my skills and see how best to sell books to a wide variety of different people (including my cousin’s school teacher).
On that note, if you’re an Aussie and you haven’t gotten this book yet but you want it—tell me in the comments or use the contact form and I can sell you a physical copy (with a signed bookplate) cheaper than Amazon and all the overseas shipping. 😛
I wrote 300k in the whole year
Yep. I recorded it. I wrote approximately 306,000 words this year. That’s only including novels and short stories, not going into blog posts and plotting/synopses at all. (That’d probably add…10k? 20k? 30k? who knows…)
That, my friends, is a lot of words. Some words I like, some words I didn’t like. Some words came hard, some words came so fast I almost fell over trying to type so quickly. But they were all words that helped me grow and learn and improve my writing and I’m grateful for each one of them. Even the spelling mistakes. 😉
I started getting paid to do my hobby
At the beginning of this year I never would’ve expected that by today people would have paid me to edit their manuscripts. It’s just insane. Editing in general has been packed full for me this year, since February-ish and non-stop up to right now I’ve been critiquing through at least one person’s project. (Having a 240 thousand word novel on my critiquing plate has taken up a lot of time. 😛 )
Best beach camp e v e r
We have a homeschool conference that we go to every year, and this year we had a more informal beach camp meet up in May and ack. It was so much fun. We had crazy times on the jumping pillow, played ultimate frisbee, went swimming in the shark-infested waters (I’m only half joking), did a mother’s day skit. I got the prize for the most serious injury when I killed my knee, but I still played frisbee anyway because that’s just the sort of person I am. 😛 I will not let pain stop me from having fun.
I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not…
Anyway. I’m definitely looking forward to the beach camp next year. Although this time, I hope to avoid the injury side of things.
My dad took me to see Spiderman: Homecoming
I know this one sounds really small and insignificant, but it was really special. I loved the movie, I loved the time with my dad, it was just so fun and memorable. (We should do it again, huh?)
On that note, I’m hoping to go to see The Last Jedi tomorrow with my sisters, mum, and some friends…If you want photos of my cosplay you’ll have to subscribe to my monthly newsletter. xD
That actually brings us to the end of the list of randomness.
You are the best for sticking with me through the ups and downs of this year. I’m so excited to see what God is planning for next year, because I know it will be so much more than I could ever imagine. Adventures and journeys are waiting to happen and I’m just so looking forward to another step in my life. Another year where I can live and love and draw closer to our heavenly Father.
Adventure awaits. I hope to be ready to meet it with a smile on my face.
What are the craziest/most exciting/unexpected things that happened to you this year? What are you looking forward to next year? Let’s chat!