Taking Stock

Yes, it’s true. I raided a cattle herd over the holidays.

OK, not really. I just wanted to give you a funny visual because I couldn’t come up with an original title for my Looking Back On 2011 post.

Obviously 2011 was really, really good to me. I got an agent, Adriann Ranta (who has a lovely speaking voice) in March, and a book deal with Sarah Shumway (nice voice, check) at Katherine Tegen / Harper Collins just recently. So, I can’t complain. And I’m not going to.

What I am going to do is talk about what my goals were, and how I managed to hit one by the skin of my teeth. (And what the heck does that mean anyway? Huh… guess that’s my Wednesday post accounted for). I’m sure everyone remembers my original goal was to finish the WIP up this summer, and the WoCoMoMo fiasco in which I got my rear beaten on my own blog as a result.

I backed my self-enforced WIP due date to Thanksgiving, but took some digestive time off when the book deal happened because I needed to roll around in sloth for awhile. And I highly recommend rolling around in some nice, hot sloth every now and then, because I broke into December like a rabid animal chasing  uh… something non-rabid and much smaller.

As of yesterday evening I can claim that the WIP is in fact, finished. I don’t have to do my usual guilty sashaying in front of RC Lewis and muttering that I only have one more section to get through. And I checked my numbers: I wrote 113 pages and 32,000 words over the last week of November through yesterday evening.

2012 is looking good for a few reasons. The initial word vomit of the WIP first draft is finished, NOT A DROP TO DRINK is on Goodreads, and just yesterday it cracked the top ten in the Goodreads YA Novels of 2013 list. So drop in, put me on your to-read shelf, and vote for as many 2013 YA titles as you like – I want the Mayans to feel our hope trickling back through the ages. 🙂