Well, this is publishing, so things are about where they were last year. Some prospects faded, some bloomed. I guess that's the way life goes. So on to the recap.
My [age redacted for public safety reasons]th year in a nut shell:
The big thing was selling my first book. That was definitely a highlight. I also had my first full request (prior to that), and I'm not gonna lie, I spent a somewhat embarrassingly long time in the query trenches before I got a full request.
Close calls left and right. I've never had so many close calls in and out of publishing. It was the year I was *this* close.
And then there was my first full request ever. I'm not gonna lie, it was sort of embarrassing how I'd never had a full request prior to the one I got this last year. I really felt like I should have managed to get someone's interest up earlier, but up until that point I'd had a handful of partials. It was quickly followed by more requests, a very gratifying response.
I've had a new IRL job, and while that's been a big bonus to things like steady pay, it's been rough pounding out the words (I'm a whopping 500 words into NaNo, but I already knew I wouldn't be able to write the whole pinata in one sitting, but more on that later).
I've had some success from an unlikely protagonist: a gnome hunting dog.
I grew my first giant pumpkin.
All in all, not a bad [age redacted for public safety]th year.
|Okay, so it's not very giant. Still, I grew it.|