Thursday, December 30, 2010

Best of 2010

Toward the end of December I always catch myself thinking about what sort of year I've had. There are landmarks like my blog and my work backups that chronicle my writing journey, which is ever an interesting one. Often I count the number of personal art and writing journals I fill up in twelve months to measure how often I needed to retreat and work things out in private; I used twenty-three for 2010 (about average; a bad year can result in forty or more.)

In some ways it was a year of losses (something we're supposed to get used to as we get older, but I don't really see how one does that.) We lost another brother to cancer, and two more family members became gravely ill. We sent one kid off to university, and while that is exactly as it should be, it's been a difficult adjustment. I joined in NaNoWriMo, but losing my sweet boy Jak hit me very hard, and I didn't finish my November novel.

While I won't call it a loss, I finished StarDoc, the foundation series of my writing career, with the release of Dream Called Time in August. Not everyone was happy about the end of the series, but it was quite painful for me to let go, too. You won't find many midlist science fiction writers who are able to publish a ten-novel series; support from my loyal StarDoc readers gave me that privilege, for which I will always be grateful.

One of them more vile events of the year was when a reader alerted me to the fact that Scribd.com was using my work without my permission as part of their scam to swindle readers into paying for something I've provided for free for the last ten years. Even here on the blog I was ridiculed for going public with this information, but as it ultimately caused Scribd.com to back-pedal and allow their users to opt out of the scam, I think it was worth it.

On the upside of 2010, I wrote five novels, sold three more, moved into a new genre and will be writing new stories of the Darkyn, the bestselling series of my career. A generous reader turned one of my free e-books into an app; another created a beautiful and haunting video envisioning my characters. My German publisher has been producing a constant stream of gorgeous cover art for my work, and made the very first publishing video for my work. The cover art gods have also smiled upon a couple of my upcoming 2011 releases.

That, together with all the laughs, surprises and other bright spots helped keep me moving forward instead of wallowing in despair. Maybe the most valuable thing that 2010 taught me that there is always something to get you through, as long as you take the time to look for it, and appreciate it, and make it part of your daily life. PBW is one of those things, thanks to you guys.

I've gone through the archives, and here are what I think are the best posts from the blog for 2010:

January: Wordling Poetry, Ten Things That Indicate You and Your Story Should Part Ways, and Why God Must Be a Writer

February: Mash-O-Matic, Where's the Mothership?, The Backstory Cafe, and Is This Your Query?

March: Ten Things You Might Catch from Other Writers' Books, and Lady RaRa's Rules for Self-Promotion

April: Ten Holidays for Writers That We'd Like to See, Ten Things Writers Say About Their Books (and what they really mean), and Your Writing Horoscope

May: Coyote Con Chat Questions, and Character Therapy

June: Ten Things You Will Not Find In Dreamveil, In Character, and Ten Things I've Resolved to Do

July: Write Noise and Cloud Profiles

August: Ten Things I've Never Told Anyone about StarDoc

September: Six and a Half Weeks and Follow the White Rabbit

October: The Ten Grave Precepts of Writer Zen, e-Pestered, and Runaway Trains Part I and Part II

November: Hold the Apps, Please, Writing Gremlins, and Ten Things I Don't Want for Christmas

December: Ten Things Writers Say, and What They Really Mean (Holiday edition), Holiday Karma, and My Holiday Wish

I thank you all for stopping in to talk shop, share the laughs and keep me motivated even in the darkest times. My wish for all of you in 2011 is that you move forward, try new things, and help each other when you can. Look for the light, and wherever you are in your writing, your career and/or your life, it will find you.

9 comments:

  1. This is a great post, Lynn. You have certainly accomplished a lot this year. I find that reflecting back on the past year is a great way to decide what your goals will be for next year and how you can improve as a person.

    That's a great compilation of your best blog entries! I love your Character Therapy, Writing Horoscope, and 10 Things Writers Say ... entries the most. :)

    ~TRA

    http://xtheredangelx.blogspot.com

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  2. Thanks for all your cool, informative, funny, angst-filled, cranky, wonderful, sad and happy posts this year. Loved them all.

    Happy New Year..!!

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  3. What a lovely wish for everyone in 2011. Thank you, and I am so sorry to hear of your losses. It's so hard to say goodbye to people we have loved. But I like your summary of the year, and especially your list of positives - it sounds like you have been soaring forward with your writing, congratulations to you!

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  4. You are in inspiration to all of us who are trying to establish a writing career, Lynn.

    I, like many others, visit your blog daily, simply because you are such an inspirational person. You have shown us it is possible to have a writing career, whatever and wherever we come from.

    I have loved every visit to your blog this past year. I've learned something new every time.

    I hope 2011 is a wonderful year for you and yours.

    You are a kind and thoughtful person, and have helped so many of us without knowing it.

    It has been a pleasure reading your words.

    All the best,

    Paul

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  5. Anonymous11:23 AM

    Thank you and Happy New Year.

    JulieB

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  6. It's been a memorable journey with you this year, Lynn. I laughed with you, cried with you and gleaned a ton of valuable information I would have never found anywhere else.

    I hope your New Year brings you great joy and wonderful experiences. A new series wouldn't be a bad thing either! ;o)

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  7. I've really loved reading your posts this year. I've found the ones about trying new things, playing, protecting the artistic soul, finding ways to kickstart the writing, how to bounce back after creative smacks, and art journaling especially inspiring.

    I ended up getting the Journal Bliss book you rec'd and I shared it with my mom. We did some of the art together and had a wonderful time. Since then, she's bought it for two people, and I've bought it for two people, and I've sent out markers to a housebound friend, and who knows what all. I'm experimenting more with my own journals, and I'm thinking of doing an art journal in 2011.

    I've also almost neared the end of a story I started writing years ago for a friend. Your words of story wisdom are directly responsible.

    I just thought, I don't know, that you'd like to know. That you make the world a better place, and that your journal here makes a positive difference, and that in small ways it ripples out, adding a bit of happiness. Er, I hope that's OK.

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  8. Awesome post, Lynn. Hope you and yours have a wonderful 2011!

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  9. Thank you for all of your encouragement this year. 2010 was better for it. Happy New Year, Lynn.

    ((hugs)))

    Nina

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