How did I go? Well, to be honest, it was a rough year!
January saw me editing Medusa’s Garden, and I was struggling with it. My depression returned and I spent the first part of January trying to work it out, and had the BGAC to attend to. I helped a friend shift house, and was up to Chapter 4 by the end of January, and rambled on a bit about driving at night!
February started out with my goals, as usual, and nothing was crossed off. Doesn’t surprise me really. I came to a realisation, that life has always been about obstacles and overcoming them. Still trudging along with editing Medusa’s Garden, but progress was good, I actually finished editing it in February. An entire week was devoted to Blogging about KiwiWriters, a group I am fanatical about 🙂
March was all about NZ Book Month, and I interviewed a couple of my writer friends about their books. Cherie Le Clare, Simon at SteamPress and Cassie Hart. Evil Editors Unite is my favourite challenge and this took up most of March for me, editing Of Kings Queens and Noblemen and Ice Planet – both at the same time! Major undertaking, but caused some mental health issues. I purchased Moods and Moods II on CD, and now listen to them a lot on my computer while writing (they are playing as I write!)
In April, I discussed my propensity to dream – A LOT! I thought about having a blog devoted to dreaming, but no one seemed interested 🙂 No worries, have a dream journal now anyway. My depression returned, although I was not entirely certain why. I blogged about Writers Block and Forced Writing, neither of which I like, but had to face. I found time to publicly thank those who had supported me through my depression and played a blog game, all about the letter M. The end of April brought about a community Tragedy with the death of a local school girl.
May found me thinking how Actions speak louder than words. Depression still played a part in my life, but I am able to recognise it now too. I introduced a poll on Medusa and whether I should keep her human, human with supernatural abilities, or the snake haired monster. The end result was keeping the snake haired monster. I started rewrites on Medusa’s Garden, because a friend had found a home for it at… wait for it… Entangled Romance. It meant a serious rewrite, but I was writing again!
June was taken up with rewriting Medusa’s Garden, and I used HalfNoC to try and clock up my 25k that I would need to finish it my 31st July submission. I learnt to recognise stress and that I really didn’t need it! Memories from my past came back to me, and I blogged about Grandad and his Caravan. I also advertised my writing friend, LaVerne Clark’s latest eBook, Affinity.
I was still working on Medusa’s Garden in July – and even had a storyboard created. I didn’t post much during July, I was frantically trying to get Medusa’s Garden finished! And I got it done, and submitted!
August was the End is Nigh – a completion challenge over at KiwiWriters. This time I would focus solely on Of Kings, Queens and Noblemen. Discovering a fine line between balance in life and insanity was a topic of discussion. I decided to have a go at creating an Author Platform and creating Brand Catherine Mede. It was an interesting exercise! And I found out more about Showing and Telling!
September was a quiet month, I finished editing Of Kings, Queens and Noblemen. I heard back from Entangled and Medusa’s Garden wasn’t accepted, which was fine, because I REALLY didn’t like the romance version! I like the original tragedy of the tale. I made a decision to attempt romance writing in a serious fashion. Still having issues with depression, but there was light at the end of the tunnel!
In October I focused on Ice Planet and escapism of writing. I was nominated for a blog hop, and I actually enjoyed doing this one – it was The Next Big Thing. It really got the creative juices flowing. I worked on working out my depression Triggers and looking back now, I can recognise that this is when I started going backwards again.
November saw me still plodding with Ice Planet, one of my triggers, but I was determined to conquer the demon. I did some serious thinking in November and wandered where I wanted to be in life. I also came away with 4 plots for romance novels! Then tragedy struck again, and Mark Fowler was killed in a Motorcycle accident. Fortunately I had a post all ready to go for the end of the Month, a blog from Anna Harte about Above Ground, her latest book.
And so December found me once more contemplating my life and my goals. Christmas found me in a mixed state of mind.
So here is what I have done this last week. Nothing. Here’s what I have done today – finished off 29 scene cards for Ice Planet, including 4 chapters that need to be written, but at least I have a plan now.
Recap on my 2012 Writing Goals
1. Edit Ice Planet – Getting there, but not quite
2. Plot out and plan my paranormal romance story – very excited about this!
3. Edit the Gothic novel (Tobias and Arabella – aka the bloody gothic novel) Didn’t even look at it in the end.
4. Finish writing “Son of God” – On the back burner, I do want to finish this project.
5. Edit Medusa’s Garden. – finished and reworked! 6. Revise and edit Medusa as a romance novel(!?!) Did this and submitted it. Was rejected 7. Edit “Of Kings Queens and Noblemen”. Finished editing it, will need another go over!
My Writing Goals for 2013? Well you will have to wait and see!