If you remember ALL the way back to the beginning of 2020, when things looked so bright, and we had no idea about any of what was headed our way, I decided my word for 2020 was going to be "Stretch." The year before I'd chosen to be brave and start trying to put myself out there more. This year, I wanted to continue to push myself and see how far I could reach.
Let me tell you, I think this year stretched me in some ways more than I could have stretched myself.
That being said, I do think I was able to achieve at least part of what I meant to do. I wasn't able to attend the conferences I'd wanted to due to COVID, but I was still able to get to know other authors more online and in other ways. And I wasn't able to do a signing anywhere when my book released in October. But I've met new readers through other venues that I might not have pursued without that loss.
As you know, the publishing company I'd been with last year sold early this year and became the third publisher I've had a book release with. And the best so far, because those editors definitely stretched me. I also decided to try #faithpitch through Twitter back in February, and snagged a contract with ANOTHER publishing company that way.
I'd set a goal to write two novels this year. And I did. I set a goal to gain a contract--and I got three! All that together is lining up to make 2021 a great year for me, writing-wise.
Sure, I didn't necessarily write the books I thought I would when the year started. And I had no idea about a few of the other things that would happen. Like the contract for an unwritten novella. Two things I've never done before--gotten a contract for something not written yet and for something so short. That's stretching me more, too.
And, in other aspects of my life, this year has stretched me, though not always in a good way. Not being able to go to worship services and Bible classes as much has been super hard on me. Not being able to hug people or be around loved ones more is awful for an extrovert like myself. But all the reading I've done, including a book by C. S. Lewis each month, has been great. And stretching myself to grow my faith even deeper, that's been good, too.
Did you have a word this year? Did it go as well as you'd hoped when the year dawned bright and untarnished or did the chaos of 2020 interrupt your plans more than they did mine? I'd love to hear your stories--successes and other, too.
This is a place for me to share thoughts and ideas not just related to writing. Thoughts about what's going on in my life, about an idea I got that I thought shareworthy, or just a funny anecdote.