2015 was my first year writing professionally, outside of a few assignments at office jobs. While I didn’t meet all of my (admittedly lofty) personal goals, I far exceeded others, and I’m happy to say as I enter 2016 that overall, 2015 was hugely successful for me.
In this first year, I saw the release of my first novelette, two poems, and half a dozen articles on xojane. I also had two other romance stories, an rpg setting, and another poem all accepted for publication. I finished National Novel Writing Month for the second time ever, and the first time ever with something that will, after some revising, be worth submitting for publication.
This was all on top of some key accomplishments in my personal life, including getting both of the gender-confirming surgeries I needed and settling into a new office job.
Sometimes I get down on myself and feel like I’m never creating enough, never writing enough, never getting enough published. At the start of a new year, however, I’m taking a step back to look at my accomplishments. I wrote a lot, and I’m proud of it.
I still have a long way to go. I want to continue to improve both the quality and quantity of my writing, and really start treating it as a career, not just a hobby. I’m still refining my style and figuring out what I’m most passionate about writing – and what I’m most skilled at writing.
In 2016, I’m going to continue to write a combination of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. I will be revising and submitting both my NaNoWriMo project and a lesbian superhero novella that I’ve been working on. While my fiction writing will remain centered on queer romance, I may dabble with some shorter pieces in other genres I enjoy, especially horror.
I want to thank everyone who has supported me, both personally and professionally. This includes (but certainly isn’t limited to): Lesley at xojane; Mike and Sean at Evil Hat; the team at Less Than Three Press; and my friends and my partner, Q. Thank you too to everyone who has bought, read, reviewed, or commented on my work; I couldn’t do this without you!
Finally, none of this would have been possible without my best friend, platonic life partner, and taking-no-excuses editor, Jack. He has been supportive of me for years, and has tirelessly reviewed and revised nearly every piece I’ve submitted for publication. My work wouldn’t be the same without his input, and I can’t thank him enough.
I look forward to bringing you more of my work this year! Stay tuned!