2013 was a pretty good year, all in all. I marked the twentieth anniversary of my move here to Washington state, which is the longest I’ve ever lived in one area in my life (albeit at five addresses during those two decades).
I finished my third published novel (Finding Home) and wrote a short story (“Homesick“) and a non-fiction book (Cross-Country), and started revising and adding to another manuscript that I wrote years ago, deciding that it needed to see the light of day.
I’ve been researching for a new series that will be set in the coal mining country just outside of the northwest corner of Mt. Rainier National Park, around the turn of the last century.
On the publishing end of things, I took several classes on how to create print books and make better covers, and how to write better blurbs, and one that failed spectacularly to teach me how to market my books, and another (from another teacher) that did rather better, although I’m just beginning to learn how much I don’t know about marketing.
I created print versions via CreateSpace for all four books in my Time in Yellowstone series, which was a major milestone for me. And a huge, huge learning curve, even though I already knew how to use InDesign.
On the museum front, I finished my third exhibit for a local historical society and started a fourth, and worked with another local historical society to help them get more use out of the PastPerfect collections software they’d purchased.
And I finished a bed-sized quilt I’d been working on, off and on, since 2010, as well as several other smaller projects, both quilted and cross-stitched.
I didn’t really travel this year, except for my annual trip to visit my mother in Texas last spring, and a week’s trip down to Oregon to visit gardens and do some research for a book I’m not sure I’m going to write now [wry g]. It happens.
As for 2014, I want to finish the novel-in-progress, and write at least two more books and publish them all, and keep plugging away on the marketing thing. And land some more museum work, and finish the new quilt, and do some more work on the garden.
And I want to go somewhere I haven’t been before. Or at least somewhere I haven’t been since I was a kid. But I also suspect I’ll be going back to Yellowstone, too, now that I have paper books I might be able to interest people in. I hope.
And those are my goals for 2014. Happy New Year to all, and to all a good night!