And so we find ourselves at the terminus of 2020. 2020, the year that seemed like it would never end.
Nearly a year into a raging pandemic, nine solid months into a waxing and waning quarantine, and yet the end seems to finally be in sight. Not just of the year, but of the pandemic. A vaccine is on the horizon, and from here we can see a potential return to a fully functioning society.
Is it the Beginning of the End, or the End of the Beginning?
I suppose it all depends on your point of view.
I for one am hopeful. Then again, I'm the mid-fifties father of an eight-year-old son, and I teach middle school, so, as I've said before in this space, I'm in the business of hope.
So this isn't a post about COVID. I'm going to recap my writing goals for the year, and how I did with them.
I started 2020 determined to wrap up several half-finished writing projects. I had a rough draft of a novel, two partially-completed short stories, and a dead-line for expanding three previously published short stories into novella length for publication as a three-novella collection.
At the beginning of 2020 I was riding the tail end of a streak where I'd collected and edited two companion crime fiction anthologies. This endeavor had consumed the better part of a year, and my publisher had released both of them within the previous six months.
So 2020 was going to be the year I finished things.
|So This Happened|
I succeeded in finishing all of the above save the novel, which is half-completed (second full and final draft). And even with the novel, I can see the end of the road out on the horizon. I will definitely be putting this one in the can and sending it off to my agent before Summer begins.
My short stories are completed and off with the editors who requested them, and that includes revisions based on requested changes. And my three novellas were published by Down and Out Books just last month!
So I'm going to end of this hopeful note. I wish us all the best and only good things in the coming year of 2021.
Happy New Year, and See You In Two Weeks!