It's a typically cold, wet late-October day, and I'm reminded of how close we are to the end of 2011. I guess that meditative mood has inspired me to think about how things are going with my writing career. I also realize that I need to catch up on this blog and report some October developments:
1. After a nearly two-year wait, I finally saw galleys for my first novel, Trouble at the Scriptorium. Although there are a handful of corrections, it's very close to ready for release.
2. My contract with Candlemark & Gleam for Green Light Delivery was announced in Publishers Weekly.
3. My Halloween story, "The Lowly Soul," was published on the MuseItUp blog.
4. I started on the revisions of Green Light Delivery that I'd discussed with my editor before I signed with Candlemark. I think this is the scariest fiction-writing project I've ever done.
5. I started work as a volunteer judge at the new site, Rate Your Story, which offers a free rating and short critique to new writers.
6. I finished my first-ever work under a pseudonymn. It's been through three beta readers, and will be ready for submission in a week or so. (No, I won't give any more clues.)
7. I saw covers for two upcoming anthologies that include my work.
8. I got my author's copy of Greek Myths Revisited.
9. I formulated some solid plot ideas for a new novel involving the Green Light Delivery world and characters. (I posted recently about sequels.)
10. I wrote the first five chapters of a sequel to Trouble at the Scriptorium.
It's been quite a month! When I list it all like that, I see how incredibly lucky I am. I couldn't ask for better progress toward becoming a full-time writer.
How about you? Any writerly good news to share? Any frustrations you feel are holding you back?