Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Year in Review

I feel lucky to have a birthday smack dab in the middle of the calendar year. It gives me an opportunity to reflect every six months--in January at the start of the New Year, and in June at the start of my New Year.

I read back on this post regarding my Writing Action Plan for 2009, and I'm happy to say I'm on track: I'm working on the ole novel, and have 2 stories I'm sending out (and getting a lot of rejection notices on...). I sent in a query to NPR, and also got a rejection. But hey, I sent it! So I'm trying at least. I attended Grub Street's Muse and the Market Place (and will post about it soon... better late than never, no?).

I have also recently begun some volunteer activities, which I'm quite proud of. I'm going to start tutoring some ESL students in Brockton (a nearby town that has a big immigrant population) in July, and I've contributed time and seedlings to a garden plot whose produce will go to a food pantry.

Speaking of gardening, I'm taking time to do a lot of it. I'll post some pics (including one of a basil leaf as big as my hand!) as soon as I can find the damn cord that connects the camera to the computer.

There is still much I'd like to do in 2009:
1. Publish a story,
2. Get a second draft of most, if not all, of my novel
3. Do NaNoWriMo in November
4. Get one more story finalized and into send-out rotation.

But all in all, the first half of 2009 has been a mostly happy, mostly productive time, which is all I can ask for really. Best Blogger Tips


TI said...

Happy Birthday, Bug. Nice to hear you're on track. As always, you inspire the rest of us who are not nearly as good at making and following action plans!

Kim said...

Happy Birthday! Inspiring progress on your goals.Oh and feel free to send me any stories you need fresh feedback on. I'd be deighted.

January said...

Yea you! Happy birthday (belated)! Hope this is your best year yet. You're an inspiration.

Writer Bug said...

Thanks all for the birthday wishes. Kim, thank you for the offer! I will take you up on it very soon. :) TI, I think it just *feels* like you are not following your action plan. Even after I posted this, I felt like I hadn't accomplished as much as I wanted to these last 6 months. We're so hard on ourselves!