Year in Review

You may recall that some time ago I set some yearly goals.  Now that year is winding down rapidly, and I owe you an update on the things  I’ve accomplished — or failed to accomplish as the case mostly is.  I had 7 goals, and while the original blog post spread them over 3 different sections of the year, they came out in reality all out of order.  So I’ll address them here in no particular order.

  1. Revisit Neville, my NaNoWriMo project from last year
    This one actually happened.  It got a proper name, The Man Out of Time, and was largely rewritten to be much better than the original.  I guess I can give myself a pat on the back from that.
  2. See one thing completely new
    I nailed this one.  I stayed in the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee, doing a little bit of sightseeing and a little bit of hiking with my wife and her family.  I also visited a number of state parks in Indiana.  In a week I’ll be down in Texas for Christmas.
  3. Submit 6 pieces of writing to publishers or agents
    I came pretty close here.  I’ve sent off 5 times this year and heard back 4 times.  The fact that I didn’t write about those hear backs earlier should inform you that they weren’t particularly positive.
  4. Put 6,000 miles on someone’s car
    So there was no big road-trip this year. Marissa opted out.  I did however put 15,000 miles on my car, way over the 10,000 miles I put on last year.  I’m going to count this as a success.
  5. Revisit Roadstory while actually on the road
    I wasn’t on the road this year, so Roadstory didn’t get revisited.  I did send it to some people, but this falls solidly in the failure category.
  6. Finish SwordGirl
    Big failure here.  I discovered a problem with the collision boxes that could only be rectified by returning to the artist.  Unfortunately he is busy doing awesome work elsewhere, so for now I’ve dropped the project.  I hope to get back to it one day.
  7. Take up a new hobby
    This one I did!  I’ll tell you about it in another post.

So I completed 5 of 7 yearly tasks, which is pretty good.  Not great though.  I did start on the creative project I casually mentioned earlier.  I’ll dig into it in detail later, but I have a good friend working with me and it’s looking awesome already.

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