December Stuff and New Year Stuff

Holy sheep, how’d it get to be 4 January??

Writing: 38,298 words = 18 pts
Editing: 17,382 words = 3 pts

TOTAL = 21 pts

Koala Challenge 9

No submissions this month, but I’m still happy with the outcome. 🙂

All together in 2011 I wrote 218,020 words. Wow. I just added it all up, and I’m… wow. I think I’ll just stare at that for a while. More than half of it — about 127K — was in the last three months of the year, too. I finished five new stories, which was three less than I wanted to, and I didn’t finish my novel. On the other hand, when I decided I’d finish my novel and write eight new stories, I was still thinking said novel would end up around 80-85K words; I’m currently a bit over 105K and still going, plus I have just over 50K done on the third book, which was my NaNo project. It’s frustrating to still have the second book hanging out there, but I’ve done more writing than I’d expected to do, so I think I’m good with the outcome. And I wanted to write at least one more free stand-alone story for my web site, which I did.

I sent out 39 submissions in 2011, which was 13 more than in 2010, so that’s a nice improvement. I got a bunch more of the “Great story, well written, not buying it, enjoyed reading it, looking forward to seeing more from you” type of rejections this year. It’s been pretty frustrating for a while now, but I’m hoping the workshop I’m going to in March will help me get over that hump.

I wanted to be on Koala Approves every month in 2011, and I achieved that, except for my month off. I’m still trying for a minimum of nine points per month on writing alone, though. Maybe this year.

Also for this year, I want to finish the novel I’m almost done with, plus the third one that’s about half done, and I’d like to do at least five more short stories, including one more free stand-alone story for the web site. That should all be doable in the next 362 days, if I get some good work in. 🙂

Best of luck to everyone else in 2012!


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Angela Benedetti lives in Seattle with her husband and a few thousand books. She loves romance for the happy endings, for the affirmation that everyone who's willing to fight for love deserves to get it and be happy with someone. She's best known for her Sentinel series of novels, the most recent of which is Captive Magic.