Thursday, December 22, 2011

Year in Review

I can't believe it's the end of Round 4 for ROW80! I also can't believe that I stuck with ROW80 for 3 rounds (thats almost an entire year)! Wait, actually, I can. The amount of support and camaraderie from my fellow ROW80's was enough to keep me going. I don't know what I would have done without y'all. Seriously.

This final update will also serve as my Year in Review, so to speak. I have accomplished so much in such a short period of time, it only makes sense to tie this into my update, for I wouldn't have gotten this far without a little encouragement...

My goal for ROW80 (every round) was simple: write everyday. I figured that writing everyday, even if it was a minimal amount, would lead me to my ultimate goal - to publish my first book. And while I often wavered on my goals, I managed to publish a short novella AND my debut novel.

Of course, this last round was supposed to get me towards the end of book 2 in my series and while I didn't quite finish, I am almost done! I hope to spend the rest of December finishing the dreaded first draft.

I've come along way since last December, when I decided I was going to pursue my dreams and focus on my writing. But I didn't just focus and accomplish what I set out to do...I met some fabulous friends in the process. I thank you guys for commenting on my posts, beta reading, promoting my book, being a shoulder to cry on, and above all - just being there.

And if you're still reading this post, here are some 2011 highlights:

*Published my first story (The Fury)
*Published my debut novel (Parallel)
*October blog tour
*December book signing
*Third short story published (Demonic Dolls Anthology)
*Interviewed J.A. Konrath and Blake Crouch
*Participated in ROW80
*Sold over 700 ebooks in 4 months (Parallel)

I had none of those things last December. All I had was an idea for a story and it just snowballed from there.

And just to be sure you get the message...I couldn't have done this without you guys. Sure, I can write a story and upload it, but it means nothing without you, dear readers.


  1. Your year is not only amazing - always, always remember your year is INSPIRATION, BEYOND BELIEF!! Your hard work is paying off, and I'm so thrilled for you :-) Oh, yes, also - MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR! (ps loved your christmas stories!)


  2. You are so inspiring! I am blown away by your progress, your humility... and your writing drive. And yes, the camaraderie here is wonderful!

  3. 700 books in 4 months. That's fantastic! Congratulations. You've had an awesome year :) I hope 2012 is just as good, if not better, for you :)

  4. @Shari - you were a big part of my fab year and YOU are an inspiration with everything that you do!! Merry Christmas sweetie and I'll email you soon :)

    @Julie - Thanks Julie. Honestly, I feel so lazy that until I break it down, I don't realize what all I've accomplished.

    @Melissa - I know! I can't believe it and I look forward to seeing what you're up to in 2012!!

  5. when will Paradox be coming out? Is that a 2012 accomplishment? :) Love Parallel by the way

  6. @Andrea - Yes! It will be an early 2012 goal!! I am hoping for a Feb release date :) And I am so glad to hear you enjoyed Parallel!


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