A few weeks ago, I posted JUST SAY NO TO NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS WITH THIRTY-ONE JUST FOR FUN. I encouraged you to celebrate your year by looking back at your accomplishments. The idea of the number 31 came from there being 31 days in December, and if you wrote just one accomplishment a day, you would have your 31. So, next year, I will have to remember to post this challenge in November instead of December. Then, I can count that improvement as one of my accomplishments ;-)
Before I reveal my thirty-one for fun list, I would like to share a few links with you.
My friend Marcie Flinchum Atkins has been very busy this month, so I will be sharing three links to her blog.
The first one is for WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER. Marcie, several other writers and I, all share our top accomplishments for 2013.
The second is Marcie’s thirty-one for fun list.
And the third is a great idea that Marcie shares for staying aware of your accomplishments and staying positive through the whole year.
ALAYNE’S THIRTY-ONE FOR FUN LIST
- I gained the interest of three agents and signed with Erzsi Deak of Hen&ink Literary Studio in November
- Kept my blog going in spite of many obstacles
- Held my first writing contest on my blog
- Did my first webinar, PERFECTING YOUR CRITIQUE, thanks to Kristen Fulton and WOW nonficpic
- Attended the North Texas SCBWI conference where I met a few 12 x 12 friends and met and chatted with Lin Oliver and Marrietta Zacker
- Wrote 14 picture books
- Edited 20 picture books
- I sent out 37 submissions for 9 different manuscripts. I subbed to 5 editors and 22 agents
- Won a critique from award-winning illustrator and author, Peter Brown, thanks to Julie Hedlund and 12 x 12
- Won a critique from powerhouse author, Tammi Sauer, thanks to Tara Lazar and PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month challenge)
- Won an opportunity to submit to Shauna Rossano at Penguin Books for Young Readers, thanks to Kristen Fulton and WOW Nonficpic
- Completed Susanna Leonard Hill’s Making Picture Book Magic course
- Completed Mira Reisberg’s and Marsha Diane Arnold’s course in Writing Wonderful Character-Driven Picture Books course through The Picture Book Academy
- My picture book, BUTTERFLY KISSES FOR GRANDMA AND GRANDPA, had another year of consistent sales
- In addition to continuing with my long-standing groups, I joined some other top-notch critique groups
- Helped fellow writers (outside of my crit groups) by offering critiques and giving detailed analysis of their work
- Made a lot of FANTASTIC writing friends
- Joined the WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER team where each month Marcie Flinchum Atkins asks our team of writers a question about our experiences as writers and posts the answers on her blog
- Improved my poetry skills, thanks to my friend Renee LaTulippe. I am in a group of beta tester for her future course on rhyme. This course is helping my brain solve all the mysteries about rhyme that were holding me back. I can’t wait until it goes live.
- Improved my writing skills – learned a lot about scenes and plot
- Completed a chapter book of short stories
- Started writing a second chapter book
- Had two short stories published in an anthology, JINGLE BELLS: TALES OF HOLIDAY SPIRIT FROM AROUND THE WORLD, thanks to Becky Fyfe and Chapter Book Challenge
- Completed another year of the PiBoIdMo challenge
- Completed another year of 12 x 12 challenge
- Completed the WOW nonficpic challenge
- Completed the Doodle Day May challenge, and as an observer, enjoyed many other challenges through the Doodle Day group, thanks to Alison Hertz
- Practiced saying “no” especially to myself
- Worked on life and writing balance
- Made the choice to hang up my life coaching hat and focus on my writing
- Stepped outside my comfort zone by doing much of the above, plus joining Twitter and Google+ and becoming more active on LinkedIn
HAPPY NEW YEAR! FOLLOWING ARE THE LINKS FOR MY TOP VIEWED BLOG POSTS FOR 2013 AND THEN SOME OF MY FAVORITES THAT DIDN’T GET AS MANY VIEWS AS I WOULD HAVE LIKED.
The most viewed post was the writing contest for Grandparent’s Day. I will be offering this contest annually. This link takes you to the winner announcement but scrolling down will take you through the entire event.