One year ago today, our plane had just landed at Heathrow. We were on our big adventure–moving to England!
We had an enormous amount of luggage (4 people, 2 suitcases [large suitcases] and a carryon per person). We had to get it all out of the airport, onto the train to Paddington station, then onto the train to Devon, then off the train and into 2 minivan cabs to our friends’ house. It’s still a blur.
But we did it! Within two weeks we’d finalized the sale of our house in Florida, found a place to live, bought some furniture and new mattresses for the beds…oh, man, I never want to do anything like that again.
More importantly, this time last year I’d written two novels and sold three short stories. As of today, I’ve written almost eight novels (finished four on my own, cowrote one, halfway through one, over 2/3 of the way through another), and have sold three (including the cowritten one). One is waiting on submission still. One comes out next month, the other the following month. No date on the cowritten yet. I anticipate finishing my UF by the end of the month. I’ve also got some scraps–a few thousand words of this project or that, including another historical, and a very loose outline (but with scenes already taking shape) for a sequel to the vampire book on submission now, because if it sells (please!) I’d like to be able to get in with the proposal for the sequel right away, and I miss that world.
So not a bad progress report. My older daughter can read and write now (she’s one of the best readers in her class!) My little one walks and talks and is as demanding and grumpy as Napoleon.
I wouldn’t say life is perfect–England is outrageously expensive. Nothing is ever open when you need it to be, and even if they are they probably don’t have what you need. If someone offered me a Wendy’s hamburger or some of those frozen appetizers from Target I used to love I’d probably give them a pint of my blood in exchange, and I really miss Mountain Dew. And, of course, my family.
Also, my best friend had a baby last night and I’m not there, which hurts. A lot.
But overall…it’s been a good year.
What have you accomplished this year? What changes have you made? Yes, I know this is just like a New Year’s Eve post, but I’m getting it in early.
Also, what do you think you’ve learned?