December 26, 2002
2002 in Review

2002 is almost over. Where have I been and what have I done, with regards to the Voices?

Its been a long year, really.

2002 has been, in many ways, a year of growth for me. A year of rediscovery of myself as a person, and more importantly, as the person I want to be.

It has been a year of reclamation. I began a new Face-To-Face game. I finally recognized that my PBEM Between the Lines had reached its final days, and laid it to rest. I submitted a short story for the first time in years, and withstood the rejection. I wrote a novel.

I found myself.

I've been hidden for a while, struggling just to make it through day to day life. Two children and a managerial position take a lot out of a person, and don't leave a lot of time for following one's dreams.

In November, it came to a head when Chris challenged me with NaNoWriMo. Kevin and I had a long talk about it. Me, writing again... it was going to change things. A lot.

And it has, and it continues to do so.

I spent 30 days writing every day. And since then, I have been struggling to revise the novel (gah, I'm only on chapter 4 -- this part goes far more slowly). And I am revisiting my other old short stories, and other concepts, trying to find more to work on. I want to continue writing and revising a little every day, even if it is not, perhaps, quite as intense as last November.

I am setting goals for the New Year. I have at least two short stories I want to revise and send out. "Barefoot in the Kitchen" is a horror story that has received positive comments in the past. But I think I have to retype it as I seem to have lost my electronic copy. *groans* "Amber Eyes" went out last March, got some positive comments but was ultimately rejected. I'm in the middle of reviewing that one now.

I would like to have a half dozen decent stories by mid-year, and have them out on the market. You can't win if you don't play.

I want to have "Shades of Grey" revised by next December. Then it either travels to an agent or to the Delecourte YA writing contest.

One of the shorts to be completed in 2003 will be the story "Sweet Amber Ale" which comes between "Shades of Grey" and the second novel.

I will outline the second novel and begin that. I will outline at least one other novel.

I will organize the pieces of my writing into something coherent so that I know what I am working on, and when.

I will not be afraid.

I will achieve my dream.

And then I will celebrate.

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