Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The Big List of Things to Do 2011 - How did I get on?

Where did 2011 go then? Surely it can't be the end of another year? I'm so glad I write down what I've been up to otherwise I wouldn't believe another year has passed by so quickly.

At the beginning of the year I set out a list of things to do. Ignoring the weight loss section, it has gone very well and I'm really pleased with what I've achieved in 2011. Here's how the writing section shaped up:

Complete first draft of ‘The Shortlist - It's no longer called 'The Shortlist', but the first draft was completed for The Festival of Writing back in March.
Complete second draft of ‘The Shortlist - A rewrite was completed for submission into RNA NWS
Complete final draft of ‘The Shortlist’ - I've crossed this one off on my list, but it wasn't the final draft. I'm now working on re-writing with my NWS report in hand.
Send ‘The Shortlist’ to agents/publishers - Ah, no. I haven't done this, but I did send to the NWS so it almost counts. I'll work more on this one next year.
Complete final draft of ‘The White China at Rose Cottage - I have finished this piece of work.
Enter ‘The White China at Rose Cottage’ into some competitions - I sent this in with an application for a Drama Writing course. Not expecting to hear anything back, but I can at least cross it off the list.
Get 10 writing ‘hits’
o   Number One - A short story, In A Jiffy, published in 100 stories for Queensland
o   Number Two - Longlisted - Flash 500, First Quarter 2011
o   Number Three - Beauty Tip - Prima Magazine
o   Number Four - Wise Words - Prima Magazine
o   Number Five - Shortlisted - Flash Fiction - Brighton Digital Festival
o   Number Six - Festival of Romance Tickets
o   Number Seven - Wise Words - Prima Magazine
o   Number Eight - Harriet Evans Book
o   Number Nine - Gift Voucher
o   Number Ten

As mentioned in my goals post at the end of last year, I wanted to gain 10 hits. This meant work that was paid rather than just published. I changed my tact with this about half way through the year. Completing smaller projects was taking me away from my ultimate goal of novel writing. So I've included some competitions that involved writing as part of my hits and I'm only one short so not bad. I had other pieces published, which were unpaid so this isn't a complete list for the year.
Top 3 achievements for 2011

I've taken a picture of what I feel have been my top three achievements for the year. My short story contribution to 100 stories for Queensland and the Wordfall Anthology where I had 4 pieces published. I never thought in a million years I'd be in two books in 2011. The magazine in the picture is Romance Matters, the magazine for the Romantic Novelists' Association. I wrote a piece about the New Writers' Scheme thinking I would use it as a blog piece, but sent it in and it was included in the magazine. I was very excited to be included and I'm sure I will treasure my copy for years to come.

Overall, I'm really happy with how the year has gone. I've been able to change my work hours and have been able to dedicate more hours to writing. I still have a long way to go, but this year with the support of the New Writers' Scheme I feel it's all heading in the right direction.

Now that leaves me with the task of wishing you all A Happy Christmas. If you've read this far, it's only fair you should be allowed to see me dressed up as an elf with Mr Katylittlelady.
Have a great Christmas!

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