Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year! Some Reflection, Goals and Shiny Ideas

I hope everyone is having a great first day of 2012! No cataclysmic world-ending going on yet, I presume? I've had a glorious break from work, and have been doing some research for Noir, which involves Seattle, the glacial caves of Mt. Rainier, and angels. I even wrote the first couple pages of my middle grade fantasy, just because I had the itch to write something new.

So, this is of course the day that I reflect on everything that happened last year, and what I want to accomplish this year. Reflection first:

In January I hit 100 followers and had a fun blog party.

In March I went to my first writing conference, a local one in Tallahassee. I got to meet Chuck Sambuchino of GTLA fame! Me and hubs also went to Savannah, Georgia later that month.

In May I finally gave in and created a Twitter account. Are you following me yet??

In July I started my urban fantasy newsletter, and also wrote a dramatic death song for Borders. I'm still pissed with you for leaving me, Borders...

In October I went to D.C. for work and also World Fantasy Convention in San Diego. What a blast!

December I finished the first draft of Noir and held my second annual Heifer International fundraiser! By the way, your comments raised $30 to help fight world hunger! I made an additional donation as well, and purchased an earth gift basket, which is comprised of bee keeping supplies and tree seedlings.

And interspersed in all that was a bunch of querying for Countless, for which I got several partial and full requests, about 100 pages written on the second book of the Countless trilogy, and a fantasy novella written for my son.

On to goals! I have three big goals for 2012 (complete with loose timelines):

1) Edit Noir and start the query rollercoaster over again (Finish edits by March)
2) Write first draft of my middle grade fantasy, tentatively titled Land Without Dreams (March - June)
3) Completely rewrite Countless from third person to first person (September - December)

So, what about you? Let me know in the comments if you did a New Year's post and I'll pop over! Happy New Year and I wish you the best for 2012!


  1. You had a fun year! And thirty dollars - not bad.
    Two big goals - successful launch of CassaFire and complete third and final book by June.

  2. Sounds like 2010 was a really fun! I'm sure you'll achieve your goals, my goals are to keep pushing forward with writing/querying and hopefully becoming agented.

  3. What a year! Those are great goals. I learned a lot about the craft and critiquing last year, but didn't do much writing. This year, it'll be a lot of revising and then submitting.

    Have a wonderful new year!

  4. Holy cupcakes, you did a lot last year. Here's wishing you much success and fun, in 2012.

    Cheers & Boogie Boogie.

  5. Sounds like you accomplished a lot. May you have even more success in 2012.

  6. Well done on your accomplishments from last year... and best of luck in achieving your new resolutions.. they sound great and will probably keep you very busy:) Happy new year.

  7. Happy new year! You've got some ambitious goals, and I wish you the best of luck. You had a hell of a 2011, here's to this year being even better for you!

  8. Sounds like you had a busy and productive year. Way to go. And those goals look totally doable. I'll be rooting for you. (And joining you on the query roller coaster round about the same time.)

    My goal post went up this morning and my Happy 2012 post went up yesterday. Big fun. =o)

    Have a great New Year!

  9. You had a fabulous year! And here's wishing you even more wonderfulness for 2012!

  10. Wow, good and industrious goals you have there. I'm turning my WIP into 1st person from 3rd too! Best wishes on that query rollercoaster. :)

  11. You had a great year, Alexia. I enjoy your newsletter a lot :)

    Hope this year will be better for you.

  12. Sounds like some good goals! Best of luck to you:) I posted some New Year's reflections on Sunday. Cheers to a fabulous 2012!

  13. You've had a productive year, so I'm sure you'll have no problems reaching your goals. How cool you did a fundraiser.

    Happy new year. Good luck!

  14. Sounds like you had an awesome year! ANd some great goals for this year.
    As for me, this year I plan on searching for an agent an if I'm lucky, landing one:)

    Happy New Year Alexia!

  15. Sounds like a memorable and productive year. I wish you the best in the year to come.


  16. Wow, Alexia you got a lot done! I'm so jealous you went to the World Fantasy Convention! I wanted to go so bad- Neil Gaiman was there, wasn't he? Great job on querying! I'm about to start that up here in about a month! Good luck with all your goals this year!

  17. Wow! You got so much done last year! And some great goals laid out for this year. Good luck!

  18. Wow - I'm impressed with your goals for this year! At the moment, I'm focusing on rewriting Silo for January and querying it by mid-March. Then I'll take the summer months to finish my NaNo project from last year! Excited for 2012!

  19. What a productive year! And great goals for 2012.. I wish you all the best :)

  20. Happy New Year! You accomplished a lot in 2011, and your goals for 2012 are awesome.


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