Friday, December 30, 2011

2011: Year in Review

Photo by Samantha Decker
My what a year! I can’t believe 2011 is nearly over. The changes that have occurred for me are all over the board: new baby, the passing of family, a new, exciting book nearly done with the first draft, the webcomic was started and then stopped and much more.

First, let’s get the embarrassment over. My 2010 NaNoWriMo entry (which has become Felling Abberfaun) was supposed to be done with the first draft in January 2011, but is now on pace to be done in January 2012... I had hoped to return to Hammerblood’s book: Veil of a Warrior early in 2011, now it will be early 2012. My wordcount for the year is only in the realm of 100-110k for actual story writing. That breaks down to only 2k/week or about 9k/month. Not great, but a few months had very little writing, so it is to be expected. The Shadow Bytes webcomic began life as The Cat Bytes, lost its name, gained a new, cooler one and then went on hiatus—I still plan to return to it, but I’m trying to gain some regularity in my life first.

The list goes on... *phew* In general, looking at my goals for 2011, I was smoking something strong and heady because there were a lot of things that got lost in the excitement. What can I say, I'm the Eternal Optimist—except when I'm not. (Strong statement there, I know.)

For the good things: 2011 brought the birth of my second child and now we have a daughter and son set. Some people say our collection is complete. For now, I will agree. 2011 brought an end to a job that was going nowhere faster than a speeding locomotive propelled by a man in blue and red tights—and was hopefully a first step toward something better. I increased my blog readership by a little, even though I didn’t manage any more content.

2011 was a year where I made new friends, grew my understanding of writing, advanced as a father, gained patience and was able to spend a lot more time with family. It was a good year, and I have a lot to look forward to in 2012. I feel ready and anxious for the challenge. Here’s hoping 2012 is a year to shine.


  1. I think your year went splendidly. Congrat's on your growing family, and here's to project completion in 2012. Good luck!

  2. Thanks for your support, I certainly hope to make it a great one. Best of luck to you as well. Any major goals for you this year?


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