Children's author Julie Hedlund, challenged participants of her 12 Days of Christmas for Writers series to post SUCCESSES (rather than resolutions) on our blogs this year.
She believes the way New Year's resolutions are traditionally made come from a place of negativity - what DIDN'T get done or achieved in the previous year.
Instead, she suggests we set goals for the New Year that BUILD on our achievements from the previous one. I decided to participate in this Anti-Resolution Revolution!
Here is my list for 2014:
Participated in ReViMo -- Hosted by Meg Miller.
Joined 12x12 -- Hosted by Julie Hedlund.
Submitted two manuscripts to the Highlight's Holiday Competition.
Joined an online critique group. (You, ladies, are the best.)
Learned how to give and receive critiques.
Wrote 12 picture book manuscripts.
Revised countless times.
Worked with diligence on edits for my chapter book manuscript.
Attended two SCBWI MD/DE/WV conferences.
Entered Susanna Leonard Hill's Spring, Halloween, and Holiday Writing competitions. Received an Honorable Mention for my Halloween submission.
As a prior winner of the Jack Reid Memorial Scholarship competition for a work in progress, participated in a selection committee for this year's winners.
Submitted my chapter book for a 10 page critique with publisher at Fall SCBWI conference.
Submitted 12 completed manuscripts to several editors/agents.
Joined Facebook and several Facebook writer's groups.
Further developed an online presence with Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn and Pinterest.
Revised my author/illustrator website.
Wrote my first ever blog for 12x12.
Developed a blog for my writing site and my behavioral health business.
Created a website for my behavioral health business.
Received two 2's on manuscripts submitted to Rate Your Story.
Attended the Nerdy Chicks Summer School with hosts Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen and Kami Kinard.
Began drawing again.
Joined online illustrator's groups -- Doodle Day and DOT Challenge.
Bought some better pencils and my favorite gum eraser.
Submitted two illustrations to the Doodler's Anonymous coloring page competition.
Participated for the second year in PiBoIdMo and got my 30 ideas and a story.