Year Three in Review

I hope all of you who celebrate Christmas had a nice holiday! Mine was lovely – I got to spend time with family and out-of-town friends, plus eat yummy food and open a few gifts. (My favorite was the Harry Potter series special edition boxed set!) Plus my husband and I went to a couple of holiday parties. It’s been a fun month.

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Clockwise from top left: snowy day in CT; our Christmas tree; Empire State Building lit up for the holiday; my husband and me at his work holiday party.

Now it’s time to start thinking about 2014. But before I do, since I started this blog three years ago this month, I wanted to celebrate with a quick recap of this year’s posts. It was an exciting year filled with conferences and writerly meet-ups, friends’ book deals, and my first time querying.

In January, I…

…selected “Bravery” as my word of the year.

…celebrated my critique partner Ellen Goodlett signing with an agent!

…started querying THE RIGHT EXPOSURE.

…participated in Pitch Wars!

In February, I…

knit a hat and baked a cake.

…celebrated Edith Cohn selling her book SPIRIT’S KEY to FSW!

…went on a writing retreat with my Write Night ladies and hit 10K on my WIP.

…interviewed author Anna Staniszewski about her book MY VERY UNFAIRY TALE LIFE.

…met more writer friends in real life at the New York SCBWI conference after party.

In March, I…

…attended the NYC Teen Author Festival.

…traveled to Washington, DC with my husband.

…started revising THE RIGHT EXPOSURE after receiving an awesome R&R opportunity from an agent.

In April, I…

…shared some tips on writing humor.

…chatted about my love for writing conferences.

…participated in the YA Book Club discussion of TAKEN by Erin Bowman.

In May, I…

…posted my very first What’s Up Wednesday and celebrated Dahlia Adler’s book deal!

…attending the New England SCBWI conference. So fun!

…traveled to Miami, FL with my husband.

In June, I…

…attended Book Expo America and met up with several writer friends.

…saw Judy Blume at a screening of her movie Tiger Eyes. (!!!)

…celebrated Kathryn Holmes’ book deal!

…finished my revision of THE RIGHT EXPOSURE.

In July, I…

…introduced the YA Buccaneers!

vlogged for the first time. (It was awkward.)

…traveled to Boston, MA with two of my best friends.

…announced that my husband and I bought a house!

…started querying THE RIGHT EXPOSURE again.

turned 29.

…celebrated Jessica Love’s book deal!

In August, I…

…visited Los Angeles, CA and attended the LASCBWI conference.

…shared a dose of writerly inspiration.

…moved into our new house and started unpacking.

In September, I…

…shared my Truth and Dare post on YA Buccaneers, and celebrated Talk Like a Pirate Day.

In October, I…

reflected on how I was brave in 2013.

…shared a tip for the YA Buccaneers NaNoWriMo Tip Treasure Hunt.

…celebrated my third wedding anniversary. <3

…attended Allison Cherry’s RED book launch.

…started a new job with a much shorter commute.

In November, I…

…shared my thoughts on ALLEGIANT by Veronica Roth for YA Book Club.

…hit 20K in my new WIP.

…shared gratitude in honor of Thanksgiving and YA Buccaneer’s Give Thanks to Writers campaign.

In December, I…

…posted about Sip Swap 2013.

…participated in the Class of 2013 YA Superlatives and Top Ten Tuesday, plus shared my favorite reads of 2013.

Thanks to all of you for reading my posts all year and for your encouraging comments. I’m looking forward to continuing this blogging adventure in 2014!

Happy New Year!

5 responses to “Year Three in Review

  1. Congrats on having such a wonderful year, Ghenet! I’m certainly looking forward to 2014. I hope it will be filled with lots of great news.

  2. Ghenet, you’ve come such a long way and accomplished so much. I can only imagine how much more the future holds for you. All the best for 2014 and beyond!

  3. Heather

    Happy New Year! It sounds like you had a great 2013. Here’s to a just as fabulous year ahead!

  4. You’ve had a year of awesome achievements and fabulous blogging, Ghenet. Here’s to even bigger and better things in 2014. Happy New Year!

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