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Roundup

My 2013 as bitesize chunks in delicious meaty jelly.

Firsts

I went to a furry convention and an erotica writers' conference. At the first of these I read my own work aloud and signed books for people, and went to my first room party. I visited two new countries and a new US state. I was published in Twist & Go, on [adjective][species] and Claw & Quill. I helped with the selection process for an anthology.

Travel

An exciting year, with a bike trip to Slovenia and Croatia as well as the regular Bike Normandy weekend. I spent a week in Maryland with my friend Rick, the editor of webBikeWorld.com. I also went to Wales twice, with the X9 Forum in May and with the London Advanced Motorcyclists in September.

Hits

I graded to brown belt first kyu. Unrelatedly, I gave blood four times. I had a pawful of furry stories accepted for upcoming anthologies. I won NaNoWriMo. I had a brilliant double birthday celebration, with a movie in the rain and an evening in the pub. I read 55 books, not counting the ones consumed over lunch breaks in the children's section of Waterstones.

Misses

I didn't get a permanent job and I didn't succeed in moving out of front-end dev. In writing, I didn't edit the longer works that have been sitting around in first-draft stage all year, and I didn't produce anything aimed at children. I didn't acquire any new pets (which is just as well since my bastard landlord has suddenly banned them).

2014 Goals

On the writing front, this has been very much the year of the furry short story, because publishers in that area actually seem to want my stuff. Next year I will concentrate more on longer works, on editing what I have already, and on stories for juvenile humans. I will still write furry shorts, as it were, but only the stories that really appeal rather than scattergun 'must be in ALL THE ANTHOLOGIES'.

Go on exciting bike trips, write them up and get them published. (Did I mention that my Slovenia writeup is available on and offline in the current edition of South East Biker? cos it is.)

With friends moving to San Francisco and Norway, perhaps some other exciting travel as well.

Get a more content/editorial orientated job, and up the writing towards give-up-the-day-job levels (a slow WIP).

Make progress towards that black belt.

I should probably also try to eat less cheese and clean the kitchen more regularly, but let's not go crazy here.

Comments

Glacial or not, it's progress! As someone with similar (though smaller-scale) writing goals, I definitely admire your acheivements!
Thank you, and good luck with yours! I'm envious of your triangle - it sounds a good one.