Happy New Year!

I feel like I should say something profound, but profundity is not my area. Instead, I will say I hope you had a lovely holiday season, and I hope the new year is everything you want it to be.

My tradition around New Year’s is to do a writing roundup type of thing, so:

2012 word count

This is my word count spreadsheet for 2011. I’ve been keeping these for just a few years now, ever since I started participating in Get Your Words Out on Livejournal. There’s something inspirational about watching those numbers add up.

Besides the sheets for each month (I tried doing one per story but that didn’t work at all), the 2012 spreadsheet has my submissions goal list: themes, expected word counts, due dates, and fields for submitted dates and whether the story was accepted or not. I will be organized! Someday!

Total words written: 288,788

Average words per month: 24,066
Best month: June (36,205)

Worst month: December (6851)

Stories I posted/published: 5 fanfic, 4 profic, plus various little drabbles and one-sentence fic type things.

Number of unfinished stories (that will likely stay that way): 5

Number of unfinished stories (that will be finished in 2012, knock wood): 6

Stories written this year to be published in 2012: One.

Biggest distraction: Real life. I don’t think I was distracted this year so much as indecisive. I restarted and rebooted a lot of stories, and then ended up not finishing them.

Plans for 2012 include 2 novels edited and submitted, 1 more novel written, edited and submitted; at least 2 screenplays, and several anthology submissions/novellas. I only published 4 professional pieces last year, and I’m hoping to increase that. (I did 6 in 2010. That was nice.) At the very least, I hope to reach 20 stories total in print by the end of the year.

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