Like everyone else, 2020 was a year unlike any other. My word of the year was Flow, which could not have been more apt, as COVID-19 taught us all to “go with the flow,” more than ever before.
Some of my struggles:
- I worked harder at my day job that I ever have.
- I transitioned to full-time working from home.
- I hid from COVID-19 and worried about the future.
- I dealt with burnout in my day job.
But for a crazy year, it had some amazing moments:
- I signed with agent Amy Collins.
- Daughter of Destiny did extremely well in a book-to-movie contest.
- I finished the Minor biography.
- I took a big step in the future of my day job, even if it ends up not going anywhere.
- I started a new blog – I’ll be telling you all about it in the New Year.
- I re-did practically my whole house myself (with a little help from dad).
- I found my personal style/brand.
- According to Goodreads, I read about 85 books (my goal was 100), not including research, which would have put it closer to 200.
And how did I do on my 2020 goals?
- Finish chapter for non-fiction Arthurian book (due March 2020). Nailed it!
- Finish and sell/self publish Minor biography. It’s finished and Amy is doing her best to sell it.
- Work on WWII historical fiction book. Wow, this one came in under the wire. The main character started talking to me again maybe two weeks ago (after more than a year of silence) and I have not quite 10,000 words written.
- Help with human trafficking anthology. Wrote my short story for this, but the anthology never got off the ground. I don’t think it is going to. Hopefully I will be able to share the short story in another way someday. I’m really proud of it. It’s in a contest right now, so we’ll see what others think of it.
- Continue working with local League of Women Voters chapter on Centennial Committee. Did this and had SO MUCH fun working with these women, attending events and getting the word out.
- Speak locally about the August 2020 centennial of women getting the right to vote. I was honored to be asked to speak about both Virginia Minor and suffrage in the state of Missouri. One of my audiences was the Missouri Chapter of the League of Women Voters, which was amazing!
- Adjust to new role of assistant editor for Novelist’s Inc. member newsletter, NINK. This was the worst possible year to take on this role, but I made it. I have to admit, I’m glad that it is over. It is not a hard job, but it is tough to handle when my day job is constantly in crisis mode.
- If we end up with a female presidential candidate, promote the heck out of Madame Presidentess. (This is no reflection on my personal political choices. I will, however, use it to my advantage if it becomes a reality.) This didn’t come to pass.
- Side projects to be worked on when/if have the time: Hallmark book, devotional, musical based on Kill Hannah songs. I thought about them. Does that count?
- Option Madame Presidentess again as well as the Guinevere Trilogy. (I realize this is out of my control, but I can have it on here in an effort to think positively, right?) This did not come to pass, but Daughter of Destiny did very well and is now in a second contest, so who knows what the future will bring?
Finally, I want to say thank you to everyone for your support this past year and always. I couldn’t do what I do without you and some days knowing that you are out there cheering me on is what gets me though. I wish all of you a safe, healthy and happy end to 2020 and a wonderful 2021. I’ll be back tomorrow with some thoughts about the New Year!
Congratulations on all your success. You must be the hardest-working author I know. Happy New Year!
Thank you! I don’t know, you work pretty hard yourself! Happy New Year to you as well!
I love your emails, even though I don’t always comment. I just recommended Madame Presidente to a friend. You are giving many people joy!!
Good luck in 2021!!
Thank you so much! I wish you the best in 2021 as well!