Every January, I, like many folks, pause to review the prior year. Did I accomplish all my writing-related goals? Was it a successful year? What do I need to do better in 2014? I thought it might help others if I shared a bit, so peek back with me. Learn from my mistakes. After all, Shakespeare wrote, “What’s past is prologue.” Apparently, he didn’t know prologues are usually information dumps and most editors frown upon them. I think everything turned out all right for him though.
My first goal for the year was to finish my novel. I’m pleased to say I met that objective and wrapped up work on Swiss Cheese and Prairie Dogs: A Study in Plot Holes. It’s wide open for a sequel. I patted myself on the back and checked that one off the list.
Finding an agent to represent my work was another priority. Don’t get me wrong. I get a lot of e-mail from prospective agents. So much, in fact, I’m filtering my inbox to put anything with “cease and desist” in its own folder. Ultimately, I did obtain representation and she’s doing a great job, though I’m not clear why she has to change phone numbers so often.
I also wanted to attend and network at the Blue Ridge conference, and I did fulfill that goal, at least partially. I was there and had a great time. Wonderful classes, group meetings, and worship. But the introverted writer in me kept any serious networking from taking place. I did imperceptibly nod at Dr. Alton Gansky in a hallway once, but managed to escape before eye contact could be made.
So 2013 was a mixed bag for me. What’s in store for 2014? Finishing my second novel is at the top of the list. I like the wording of that sentence because it implies I’ve actually started writing the book. I’m also going to work on strengthening my online presence. Maybe get a cat and post pictures or something. Still fleshing that out. And I’ll definitely be in Asheville for the BRMCWC again. Can’t wait. Until then, I’ll be practicing my make-believe phone calls while staring at the floor. If you recognize me, can you nod? Maybe even smile and make eye contact? Just don’t overdo it. Baby steps, people. Baby steps.
The Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference will be May 18th-22nd this year. The conference is just outside beautiful Asheville, North Carolina.
After years in the big city corporate world, Tom Threadgill now lives in a small rural community in the South. When he's not pretending to write, he spends his time puttering around the yard while his dog watches with complete disinterest. His wife tends to agree with the dog. Tom can be reached through his website, TomThreadgill.com or on Facebook.