Hello 2014!

2013 was indeed sparkly, as I predicted in last year’s post, and here are my 13 most sparkly writerly moments:

* The amazing Rhiann Wynn-Nolet and Kristina Perez invited me to join their Thursday’s Children blog hop where I met a group of awesome writers.
* The lovely Eve Castellan invited me to blog with her There And Draft Again fellowship of fantasy writers.
* I attended the Historical Novel Society Conference, where I had a blast meeting Heather Webb and her wonderful critique group, as well as other authors and agents.
* I received a signed copy of Susan Spann’s debut novel, Claws of The Cat, and had my grandmother’s copy of The Exile signed by Diana Gabaldon, both at the HNS conference. These are the first books I’ve ever had signed, and my grandmother got to celebrate this with me before she died.
* I participated in WriteOnCon, where I met more writerly friends.
* I read 106 books. (yes, I know, these count as individual sparkly moments, but anyway)
* I didn’t finish my WIP, but I did solve the plot issue.
* An agent who read my manuscript called me a beautiful writer. (I printed that e-mail out and tacked it on my wall)
* I wrote a short story for The Dark Carnival, hosted by Pen and Muse.
* My short scene, Unearthed, was chosen as a finalist at The Secret Life of Writers.
* I was chosen as a fire-eater at the CriTiki Lounge and received an awesome critique of my query and first 250.
* Three agents in two weeks requested my full.
* And this has nothing to do with writing, but it’s my most sparkly moment: My father survived a motorcycle accident and is whole and hale and flew out to stay with us for Christmas and New Year’s.

Now that 2013 is coming to a close, I look forward to a golden 2014. Happy New Year!!

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