Last year I posted a 2011 Year in Review. Not only was it fun to share the highs and lows of my year with you all, it was also fun to look back on all that had happened over the previous twelve months.
So, of course I had to take some time to reflect on 2012. While I wasn’t successful in ALL of my goals, I did meet many. I had tons of fun with my family, I grew as a writer and reader, and I made some fantastic new friends along the way. It’s been a busy year, full of changes, hard work, and lots of fun…
I blogged about goals, and decided on RESOLVE as my all-encompassing word for 2012. I also mused about the struggles of rewriting.
I survived a winter storm that threatened my sanity.
I started the year off reading and reviewing a couple of awesome books: A Million Suns by Beth Revis and The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.
At the end of the month, my girlie and I welcomed my husband home from Afghanistan (yay!).
I raved about another favorite of 2012, The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour.
I blogged about my preference for character-driven YA, and shared my Two-Minute Tension Test.
I celebrated Valentine’s Day with BOTH of my loves!
I turned thirty-one. No comment.
I attended my husband’s Welcome Home Ball and had a *little* too much fun. 🙂
I read and reviewed another 2012 favorite: Lauren Oliver’s Pandemonium.
I worked on a substantial revision of Where Poppies Bloom and resubmitted it to the agent I was working with at the time. (In case you’re wondering, I eventually came to the very difficult realization that Poppies isn’t going to sell the way it’s currently written. As of now, the story is “retired” and waiting for a rewrite that will hopefully come in 2013… Tough stuff.)
I had the pleasure of spending a long weekend in Vancouver BC with my husband. Such a fun, beautiful city!
Saw The Hunger Games. Awesome!
I blogged about my on-again-off-again struggles with procrastination (and why it’s not always a bad thing).
I successfully completed the A-Z Blogging Challenge, which was so fun! Thank you again to all of the hosts and organizers!
I met a few of my favorite authors (Gayle Forman, Nina LaCour, and Stephanie Perkins) during the Seattle stop of the YA or Bust Tour.
I was invited to become an Operative over at YA Confidential. Love my fantastic new blogging buddies!
I participated in Blog Me MAYbe, brainchild of writer/blogger/all-around-awesome-person Sara McClung.
I blogged about The Page Sixty-Nine Test, a writer’s trick I learned from clever author Gayle Forman.
We moved from Washington to central California, and made a big ol’ road trip out of the ordeal.
After we settled in to our new house, I shared a little bit about how I plot stories and write first drafts.
My husband and I celebrated our ninth wedding anniversary!
I read and recommended Veronica Rossi’s stunning debut, Under the Never Sky.
I shared my miracle cures for writer’s block, and started tackling a major rewrite of my YA contemporary manuscript, Cross My Heart.
Oh, look! Another outstanding 2012 book: Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfeld.
Around this time, I scored a few amazing new critique partners. I can’t even put into words how grateful I am for Temre, Taryn, and Alison!
My cutie pie got her very first library card, and had quite the Marilyn moment.
I posted about “gap books” and committed to reading a few of mine (including The Book Thief), and brought the “One Space or Two” debate to my blog.
I read and gushed about Kristin Cashore’s Bitterblue, my VERY FAVORITE book of 2012!
I completed my Cross My Heart rewrite!
My girlie and I made the loooong trip to Phoenix to visit my parents, my brother, and my cutie pie nephew.
My husband and I saw Brad Paisley and The Band Perry… Incredible!
I helped my sweet girl celebrate her fifth birthday…
… and watched as she headed off to kindergarten. Very bittersweet!
I tackled a frustrating revision of Cross My Heart, one that came with some bad-but-unrelated writing news. I threw myself a pity party, but that pain in the ass revision eventually made Cross My Heart what it is today.
I posted about yet another phenomenal 2012 release: This is Not a Test by the infinitely brilliant Courtney Summers.
Took a trip to Washington to visit family and see Tim McGraw(!).
I posted about taking a break and why it’s important, jumped on the “Currently…” bandwagon, blogged about how running parallels revising, and shared my take on Banned Books Week.
I visited an apple orchard with my girlie, and blogged about method writing (which, for me, involves A LOT of baking and running).
I talked about Cross My Heart, my “Next Big Thing,” and scored some awesomely encouraging comments in the process!
I wrote six words of advice for Teen Katy, which Erin L. Schneider combined with the advice of many other YA bloggers/writers into this amazing video.
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. Perfectly creepy-weird. I couldn’t help but sing its praises!
I indulged my girlie and “dressed up” for Halloween. Little Miss Merida just LOVES this holiday!
I took a risk and signed up for National Novel Writing Month for the first time. The WiP I worked on is an upper YA contemporary romance. What else? 😉
I ran (and finished!) the Big Sur Half Marathon, meeting a goal I’d set for myself ages ago. I was exhausted at the end, yet so proud!
I blogged about all the things I’m thankful for…
…and raved about another amazing book, Hannah Harrington’s Saving June (not released in 2012, but one of the best books I read this year).
In slightly less positive news, I parted ways with my former agent and began querying new agents. I didn’t blog about the ordeal until later, but this experience put a bit of a damper on an otherwise extraordinary month.
I WON National Novel Writing Month! (No matter that I haven’t touched the manuscript since November — I still love it! And, I plan on finishing the first draft and making in CP-worthy during the month of January.)
I accepted super-agent Victoria Marini’s offer of representation. I’m grateful for the opportunity to work with Victoria, and I look forward to seeing what the New Year brings in the way of manuscript submissions!
I got to go to Disneyland! Seriously. The happiest place on Earth.
I read and recommended yet another amazing 2012 book: Lovely, Dark and Deep by Amy McNarama. Love, love, love!
I celebrated my husband’s birthday WITH him for once. It was a fantastic day full of The Hobbit, Buffalo Wild Wings, and homemade birthday cake.
I co-hosted the Class of 2012: YA Superlatives Blogfest with Jessica Love, Tracey Neithercott, and Alison Miller. Such a great turn-out this year. My To-Read list grew about a mile!
And last but not least, I celebrated the holidays with my husband and this sweet girl, and took some time to reflect on the passing year.
Tell Me: How was your 2012? What are your hopes for 2013?