new years. · Writing

Annual New Years Post 2020

What? it’s still January…

Last year was a strange year. I learned a lot, met some new people continued to build relationships and made some mistakes. It wasn’t bad, but it definitely wasn’t what I was hoping it would be. At the beginning of last year I really had this sense that I was going to have both an agent and a book contract by the end of the year. That didn’t happen.

I have officially been querying my retelling of Phantom of the Opera for a year!! Not sure if this a sign of determination or insanity. Recently, I had two writer’s reach out to me with offers; one to critique my query and the other my manuscript. This was a huge encouragement to me when I desperately needed it. I continue to tweak this story and am applying for a mentorship program in February. The kindness of these two women can’t be overstated and I hope that I will remember to pay it forward when the time comes.

My current works in progress include Thief (a very loose retelling of Robin hood) and it’s Sequel. I will be starting edits with beta feedback on Thief soon, possibly this week (I was lucky enough to be invited to beta test an editing course. I’m excited to take my editing to the next level.) I just finished the first draft of the sequel. This was my first sequel. Finishing a bigger story arc, and spending more time with those characters was a challenge but also a wonderful experience. While this story is not as lighthearted as Opera Ghost it’s very close to my heart. I feel like it might be my best writing to date.

I am still one of the youth pastors at our church and that experience continues to remind me why I love writing Young Adult fiction. I’m lucky to get to work with such great teens. And I’m blessed to have a flexible job that allows me to write (two books in one year!)

While trying to decide on the word I wanted to guide my 2020 I thought of both “perseverance” and “tenacity” I’m pretty sure “perseverance” was my word for 2018 or 2019 and it’s just a little depressing that I’m still at a phase with my writing and life that requires continued perseverance. I mean I get it already! (ironically, patience never felt like the right word) so I’m going with Tenacity. It carries something extra with it; yes, I want to persevere but I want to do it with a happier spirit and a more positive outlook. I want to be the kind of person who can’t be beaten down!

Will 2020 be the year things finally start to move forward with publishing? I really hope so, but regardless I want to live in the now, and not in some dreaming place. I want to write good stories and spend time with people that make me smile and laugh. This year I want to live an abundant, tenacious life!!

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