Well, the December holidays have rushed past. I thought I would pause to reflect on some of the writing highlights from my year:
Cascadia Poetry Festival: I had the fortune of attending the Cascadia Poetry Festival, which was held in my town this year. I listened to many new (to me) poets, read some of my own poetry during the Living Room readings, and acquired three new books of poetry.
Channillo: I tried something different this year in splashing feet-first into the realm of subscription-based, serial literature. I wrote a series of blackout poetry based on Piers Anthony’s Xanth novel The Color of Her Panties and put it up on Channillo.com. While the series completed in November, it is still available for reading here. (You can subscribe to 1-10 series for $4.99 per month.)
NaNoWriMo: In November, I took part in NaNoWriMo to work on my fantasy novel. While I did not reach the 50,000-word goal, I did reach 20,693 words and got a good start on the novel. As the new year approaches, I’m gearing up to get back into novel-writing.
Publications: This year, I had a total of five poems published in text, Island Writer magazine, and the e-zine Restless. I also had a book review published in Island Parent magazine, which you can read on my blog here.
Reviews: Besides the previously mentioned review, I also reviewed the Genderific Coloring Book here on my blog. Given the popularity of that post, I’m looking forward to posting more reviews in the coming year.
I am also looking forward to working more on my novel and submitting more poetry. I hope to get more blog posts happening on here, which I realize is an annual hope.
In the meantime, I have Yule-Christmas decorations to take down. I will be spending the evening with my spouse and child, watching a movie, maybe playing games, and enjoying the toll of midnight with a glass of sparkling apple juice.