Looking back at 2012

dSavannah's book on dSavannah's shelf!2012 was interesting, to say the least. I got a book contract in January, and my book, A Spicy Secret, #22 in the Annie’s Attic Mystery series, came out in December. (It’s still kinda surreal to see a book with
my name on it on my bookshelf.) (And also weird to have people ask for my autograph!)

At the urging of other writers, I started tweeting. I also started this blog; my first entry, Start at the Beginning, went live on August 11. In 2012, my blog got 2,200 views from 27 countries, including Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Spain, Turkey, India, Germany, Austria, and Australia. That may not seem like a lot, but for a newbie blogger, I find it thrilling. Thank you all for stopping by!!!

I published 55 posts, 26 of them artists/writers answering The Questions, and several more helping with book launches. In case you’re curious, the questions that received the most answers from my guests, with 12 each, were #5, What skill(s) do you wish you’d learned as a kid?; and #8, Your favorite book growing up? Your favorite book now?

For fun, I read 47 books, down from 61 in 2011. (Reading for work means less reading for fun.) My favorites were (in the order I read them):

I began to do more editing, and several books I’ve worked on have been released. (See what a few of the authors say about my editing.) It’s quite an honor and a privilege (and a lot of work!) to work with an author on their baby, and to help take it from good to brilliant. I can’t wait until those books are released so I can make ask their authors to be guests on here.

I met some wonderful people online, and am grateful for all the new connections I’ve made. I’m also grateful for the strengthening of some old relationships, and sad about a few that have fallen apart.

Despite all the good things happening in my life, I also found myself suffering from depression. It’s something I’ve struggled with as long as I can remember.

A friend posted this image —>
on Facebook, and I think it’s appropriate to share here. Plus, part of the mission of my blog is to Shine a Light into Dark Places, and this is one of mine.

Finally, a sincere THANK YOU to everyone who has been on this journey with me.

(Tomorrow I’ll tell you about my intentions for 2013.)

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6 Responses to Looking back at 2012

  1. LA says:

    I am so proud of you. i LOVE reading your blog! You are so talented!
    I need your autograph please! :)

  2. Betsy says:

    I love seeing an insight into your 2012. What a great blog! I love hearing all the exciting things that happened to you in the year. In addition, I know that 2012 will not be a year you will ever forget thanks to A Spicy Secret. May this be the first of many. Being a stat freak, I found the stats very interesting and entertaining. The list of your favorite books caused me to add a bunch of books to my TBR list. Here are my questions for you: What makes you choose the books you read in the first place? What makes a book become your favorite? Lastly, what are all the books on your shelf? I am able to see journal, A Spicy Secret, and The Bibliophile’s Dictionary. I think this always tells us about someone.

    Thanks for all your blogs! They really make me laugh, and I enjoy reading the answers to The Questions (including your comments). Keep blogging!

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