In the Rearview

It’s December 31st, New Year’s Eve, and 2021 is in my rearview mirror as I head into 2022. The year held many surprises as I

  • completed a dozen landscape paintings of several variations in style and mood; I’d only began painting in January 2021
  • had three short stories published (with another promised for next month),
  • wrote several more stories and continued the expansion of a long short story into a novella–it has now surpassed 53,000 words so it might just become a novel,
  • am 62,000 words into the first book in a trilogy,
  • have critiqued nine novellas for my critique partner (working on her tenth),
  • critiqued dozens of short stories for others,
  • host two weekly two-hour Zoom write-in sessions for other writers and attend others,
  • attended my first-in-two-years in-person conference and got to see many friends I left behind when I moved to Arizona, and
  • created a gift collection of seven short stories and sent them to family and friends.

Those are the main highlights. There’s no need to list everything. I know what I attempted, accomplished, and haven’t completed. Which leaves me much to work on in 2022.

No resolutions

There are no New Year Resolutions from me–just get up every day and write, paint, and meet new people. I’m still fairly new to Arizona–in light of the pandemic restricting our activities.

What about you? What’s in store for 2022? Got a book coming out . . . a story accepted . . . other writing news? Let us know in the comments.

Until next post, Happy Reading!