This has been a good year for me, in terms of growing as a writer. Honestly, I think every year since 2007 (which is probably the year I knocked the training wheels off an got serious about I'm Going To Be A Writer) has been an improvement. But 2011 was a year with a few notable highlights:
First and foremost, there's acquiring Mike as my agent. This has been such a joy and relief in my life this year. I really am quite happy to have him in my corner. Getting an agent has become such a huge (and sometimes insurmountable-seeming) step in the path to publication, I really can't express how glad I am to have moved up to the next step.
And while I did have an excellent time attending the DFW Writers Con this past year (and would recommend the experience to those seeking agents), I'm glad I don't have to do that again.
This year is also when I decided to be diligent and post here on the blog every Monday and Thursday. It's a project that's sometimes challenged me (I almost forgot that today was a Monday), but I've been pleased with the results. It's built the regular readership, and driven traffic to my blog. So that's been a good thing.
This was also my first year at ArmadilloCon in a panelist/professional capacity, as well as a coordinator and teacher for the Writers' Workshop. This was a fantastic experience, and I do owe a lot of it to Stina Leicht. She's been a fantastic source of moral support on this journey.
What else? This year I have Thorn finished and shopping, Holver Alley Crew redrafted and (hopefully) ready to shop. This year I also finished the draft of Maradaine Constabulary and will hope to have the revision ready to send to Mike in just a few weeks. I wrote a couple short plays, including Entropy, produced by Austin Scriptworks.
So it's been a pretty good year. Fingers crossed for 2012 being even better.