I don’t think I’d be exaggerating to say 2012 has been the hardest year of my life. The blissful birth of my baby boy at the end of 2011 led into a year of struggle and worry. We’ve had the range of issues from ill health, a difficult baby, challenges settling middle child at kindy, poverty, poverty and more poverty. It hasn’t been all bad: my eldest child got a scholarship for her beloved school (I had to homeschool her for a term), I picked up some work right at the end of the year which I’m hoping will continue into next year. The baby is getting easier as he gets older. And writing… well, there were ups and downs.
The writing highlights of 2012 include:
- I had a few acceptances, notably “The Minotaur’s Tale”, “Duck Creek Road”, “House Cemetery”, “Regret”, and “Fatigue”.
- “White Poppy Serenade” and “Midsummer’s Eve” were published.
- I got a mentorship with Jason Fischer via the Australian Horror Writers’ Association.
- Lloyd and I started The Included Middle (which we took a break from while I was homeschooling as something had to give! But we will be starting again soon).
- I met Margo Lanagan.
- I went to a book launch.
The story I think I’m most proud of publishing this year is “Regret”. I was also thrilled to have my story “Duck Creek Road” featured positively in a review.
So many rejections. Which means I am submitting, but some of the rejections hurt more than others (I haven’t listed all of them, these are just the two that I’m saddest about).
- “Vultures” was shortlisted for the next anthology but it was rejected.
- “Sales and Commissions” still doesn’t have a home.
- Lack of writing time. I’m pretty amazed at how much homeschooling ate into my writing time. I was very productive in the first 3/4 of the year, even with a tiny, fussy baby. Schooling took priority though so I ended up doing more editing than writing (which is fine, but I still have ideas).
- Inability to attend writing events. It’s a bit wanky, but I wanted to go to things and couldn’t due to lack of money and baby.
I had a bunch of goals written down and I strayed from the path. I haven’t submitted “Perfect Soldiers” yet but am working on it. “Trellis” is still sitting on my HD. I decided not to sub to Dreaming of Djinn and Tomorrow.
I have subscribed to Duotrope and it’s a fabulous tool. I love that I can field a rejection and then send the story back out only after several minutes of research.
I have plans for next year, though they are still fermenting. I’m looking forward to saying goodbye to 2012. I’d like to give it a kick on its way out.