2013: The Year in Review

 

Welcome to another self-serving and narcissistic post from the desk of one Pete Aldin.

But hey, it’s my blog; I can introspect if I wish.

Looking back at this year, it’s been a good one writing-wise. And for the following reasons:

  • I sat on my first two author panels at a scifi con
  • I undertook mentoring and training from two great authors which have taught to me to both trust my ability to write and to stretch myself further in plotting … “which have“??? Perhaps they could have mentored me more on things like grammar and word choice…
  • I sold no less that seven short stories (some to be published next year): Mud, The Whipping Tree, No Good Deed, The Bridge (a resale), They Cling to Darkness, In Human, Hiding
  • I completed my third novel and though it’s had several rejections, I’m hopeful it will sell eventually. It’s well and truly my favourite so far. Thanks to those who helped it birth.
  • I have a working second draft of a new horror novel and the bones of a first draft for another medieval fantasy under way
  • I have a publisher currently considering my first two novels
  • I made (and retained!) the acquaintance of some terrific writers and human beings this year including Steve Cameron and Geoff Brown, people who remind me that writing and publishing is fun, an adventure

Also I have been blessed by meaningful labour in my working life, helping people without work rediscover their mojo and learn new skills to move on.

All in all, a bloody good year!

Hope yours was as good and that 2014 will see you safe and happy and having fun.

 

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