Oh, what a year!

The Twirl and Swirl of Letters

This month for the AW Blog Chain, we’re taking stock of our accomplishments over the year. This has me shivering in my very boots.

I started out the year with bold ideas and plans. I thought that I would complete another novel first draft this year. Maybe two–an alt reality sci-fi story and my currently-stashed-away RAF tale (research is daunting, and alas, so is course work). I also thought that I would write more short stories this year. I think the count is three. I’m disappointed, but I can amend this next year.

I did get some things done.

I created this blog. Originally a course requirement from the Spring 2009 semester, I had fun and continue blogging. I don’t post as frequently or with the same consistent quality as I would like, but things to work on.

I wrote. Every day, at least a page. Over the summer, I required two handwritten pages. Now that school is winding down, I’ll be back up to my preferred level. I hope to carry this into the next year. Mostly I write fiction, but sometimes my mind moves to the real world or philosophical discussions.

I indulged my geekier side. Following the suggestion of one of my professors, I picked up Dune. That set the pace for (some of) my summer reading, which also included the first Riverworld book and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? For television viewing, I started Star Trek, and watched the entirety of The Prisoner (which I’ve determined needs multiple viewings and I’m only too happy to comply with).

And my, how the year flew by. 2010 looks like a promising one, filled with action and adventure (cue Danger Man theme).

Here are my fellow blog chainers!

Lost Wanderer – http://www.lostwanderer5.blogspot.com
Claire Crossdale – http://theromanticqueryletter.blogspot.com/
coryleslie – http://corrinejackson.wordpress.com/
bsolah – http://benjaminsolah.com/blog
DavidZahir – http://zahirblue.blogspot.com/
RavenCorinnCarluk – http://ravencorinncarluk.blogspot.com
Ralph Pines – http://ralfast.wordpress.com/
shethinkstoomuch – http://shethinkstoomuch.wordpress.com (that’s me!)
Lady Cathttp://www.randomwriterlythoughts.blogspot.com
truelyana – http://expressiveworld.com
misaditas – http://misaditas-novels.blogspot.com/
collectonian – http://collectonian.livejournal.com
laharrison – http://lesleyharrison.wordpress.com/
beawhiz – http://beawrites.wordpress.com
razibahmed – http://www.blogging37.com
FreshHell – http://freshhell.wordpress.com
AlissaC – http://alissacarleton.blogspot.com
Aimee – http://writing.aimeelaine.com

12 thoughts on “Oh, what a year!

  1. “I created this blog. Originally a course requirement from the Spring 2009 semester, I had fun and continue blogging.”
    Very interesting. I wish that in our country, this could happen. You see, here, we all have to learn English as a second language for at least 12 years. Still, most students are weak in it. I think that blogging regularly could help them a lot.
    Hoping for a better 2010


  2. Dear Beth,
    Sounds like you had an eventful year, despite not sticking to your original plans you still discovered new experiences. Good to hear from you.


  3. I don’t have a blog of my own and was to start one with my friend Cass but we both flaked so I’m still contributing at Simone’s. Cass is to join us there in the new year so you see how great you are when compared to us. You at least got your blog up and running. You are my hero and besides that your post had a soundtrack. You rock!
    Have a brilliant holiday and a happy successful new year.


  4. Well, better some kind of plan than none at all. You had a goal to work towards and you gave it your best shot. Life always gets in the way of best laid plans, doesn’t it? That’s been my experience this year. Onward to 2010!


  5. I loved the Dune trilogy, but Frank Herbert lost me when he kept going. Yah for Star Trek! Yes *waves hand* big time Trekkie nerd here. I have a Tribble on my Christmas list and even emailed a website to my husband to show him where he could buy me one. 🙂

    I’d say writing every day was a great accomplishment for the year, even if it wasn’t as much as you were hoping for. Here’s to an awesome 2010 for you!


  6. Heh heh. The addition of the music was cool. I’ll admit to wishing blogs and the internet had been around when I was in school. Might have gotten a lot more done.


  7. That’s cool that you had to blog for a class! I’ve heard a few people say that. I even know people who had to sign up on Twitter for a class!

    You’ve made great progress this year–don’t let yourself get hung up on what you didn’t do. I think that we end up accentuating the negative more than we celebrate the positive. Then again, maybe it’s just me.

    Keep up the writing–I love hand writing things. It seems like I accomplish more that way.


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