A Look Back At 2013

2013 was a big year for me with a lot of successes. I’m going to make a bulleted list of them, because I love bulleted lists:

  • In March, I saw the publication of my first anthology, Sidekicks!
  • Three new stories appeared in print, and one was rereleased 
  • I sold quite a few other stories and an essay which should appear in 2014
  • I quit the job I had grown to despise in order to move on to better things, like teaching and writing
  • I was a panelist at the GenCon Writer’s Symposium for the first time
  • In December, we launched the Kickstarter for Steampunk World, which was funded in a matter of days
  • Thanks to said Kickstarter, my dream project appeared on Boing Boing and io9, and my squees were heard round the world
  • I managed to maintain my above-4.0 GPA despite being overwhelmed much of the time
  • I started the paleo diet in the hopes of improving my health
  • I wrote about half a novel that I’m hoping to finish as soon as the editing for Steampunk World is complete
  • I made a small profit on writing and editing this year for the first time!

Some not-so-great things happened too, like dropping out of Dragon*Con even after wheedling my way onto panels because it was giving me stress-induced vertigo attacks. I also upset a writing colleague whom I considered a friend because, let’s face it, my combination of GAD and OCD sometimes mean that I’m not great at letting things go and tend to over-explain myself, especially via email. My brain believes that if I just say the right words, the person I’ve offended will see that I never intended to offend them at all! Stupid brain. This is not how human interaction works. My one comfort is that, even though I’m over 30 now, I’m still learning a lot as I go, so hopefully this is a mistake I won’t make again. I may not be able to repair this friendship, but at least I can learn from this experience and prevent myself from bungling things in the future. The experience with Dragon*Con taught me, similarly, that I have certain limits, and I need to be better at listening to my body so I’ll know when I’m pushing those limits too far.

Despite these few setbacks, I think I have to put 2013 down in the WIN column, overall. The beginning of the year was rocky, but the end of the year, with quitting my job and seeing the Kickstarter achieve ~200% funding, was spectacular. And I learned a lot about myself, my limitations, my talents, and exactly what I’m capable of given the right resources. Perhaps most importantly, I kept writing, and my writing got better. In three years my stories have improved drastically. Hopefully soon I’ll have some examples in print so you can see for yourself.

Since 2013 was so great, I’m looking forward to 2014. Steampunk World will appear in print, I should get my teaching license, and hopefully I’ll finally get a novel or two done and crack the SFWA-approved markets.  This is my year. I can taste it.

So, dear reader, how was your 2013? What are you looking forward to in 2014?

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