Looking back at 2013

So what did I accomplish in 2013 with my writing?

Return to the Mountain400x600 (2)My fifth Mountain novel was released from Dreamspinner. Return to the Mountain has a couple of mountain boys who’d just like enough money for groceries and greens fees, and get more than they reckoned on. Gary and Seth got some nice reviews for hanging out with characters from other Mountain books and The Rare Event.

OutinColorado_500Slip/Slide/Snow marked my first shifter story since my fan fiction days, and what a lot of fun it was! The Colorado MM Authors put together a Colorado-centric anthology through Storm Moon Press, where my contribution was a snowboarder with a secret.

Never give an otter a box of Cheerios.

SpokesMy big cycling story had to take a back seat to the Mountain series, but I finished it in time for GayRomLit. Christopher and Luca burned some rubber training  in Colorado and racing in Italy, and impressed a reviewer or two.

This is my first, but not last, novel through Rocky Ridge Books.

ScrumI do seem to have a sports theme going, don’t I? For the Goodreads MM Group’s prompt pic and letter event, I wrote a rugby player and a fanboy. Robin and Yves are currently free through the Goodreads group, as part of the anthology, and as a stand-alone short through Apple and Kobo, with more venues to come shortly.

Then there was the novel and a short in a different genre and under a different name, plus a whole slew of editing for Eden Winters and other authors. Building a website for Rocky Ridge Books, which is a work in progress. Spending a week in Oregon learning to format books, and getting nine titles (mine and Eden’s) into real dead tree print. Getting those same books plus some shorts into ebook format, with Eden’s help.

Going to GayRomLit and having a blast with everyone in Atlanta. Visiting Seattle for the Northwest Meet-Up, and again having a great time with new friends and old. Having librarian Marlene Harris show me my print books ready to be sent out to the branch libraries.

Getting three novels outlined and started on the writing for one, even though the word count (2000/60,000) hasn’t budged the counter a lot.

When I lay it out like this, looks like I got quite a lot done in 2013, and I have some ambitious plans for 2014. So why do I feel like I’ve been slacking?

Did you have some goals for 2013 that you met? Any you’re still working on?

8 responses to “Looking back at 2013

  1. Wow! You did have a busy year. Here’s to a fabulous 2014. Hugs!

  2. Lloyd A. Meeker

    It’s good to take stock sometimes — some of my inner critics won’t shut up until I show them what I’ve managed to accomplish. I had one title published and another contracted in 2013, which is huge for me. I think I’ll be able to do that again in 2014. That’s my goal, anyway. Happy and productive writing to all!

    • Great goals, and here’s to accomplishing them. That’s how you show those inner critics, who may have compared notes with my inner critics. :S

      • Lloyd A. Meeker

        It’s amazing how consistent those voices are — not just regardless of my production (never quite enough), but in the heads of many of my writer friends as well. I’m sure they read from the same damn script…

  3. I summarized on my blog. It was a good year. I’m impressed by getting your books into libraries – I’ll have to figure out how to do that!

    • Kate, Wild Horses is in the Hennepin County Public Library (Minneapolis, MN area), 5 paperback copies either checked in or in transit. It’s a start! Lloyd, Traveling Light is in the Cal State Northridge library system and the Philadelphia Free Library system. Eden’s already checked her titles ;).

      I found this out by looking in WorldCat.com.

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