Writing I Did Its
Books written: 1
My one, overarching goal for 2018 was to finish writing my book, and…I did it! I completed a full draft in June, subjected it to one round of revision, and then sent it off to two writing friends for suggestions and further edits. I subsequently sent off queries to several agents. No bites so far, but I have plans for deeper revision and further querying in the new year.
The focus on finishing the book, meant that my efforts in other writing areas lagged a bit:
Publications: 3 essays:
"Memento Vivere" Still Point Arts QuarterlyI launched a freelance career and enjoyed its brief glow before I had to go get a real job, producing 5 pieces:
"The Sparrow's Song" The Sunlight Press
"The World in their Hands" Nature Writing (republished)
"Sharing a Love of Wilderness" and "Naturalist's Notebook" Maine Wilderness GuideI also taught four nature journaling workshops, including two in quite ideal circumsances—one on a sea kayak excursion and another on a weekend in a cabin up north.
"Jargon: Anatomy of a Mountain" TrailGroove
"Rachel Carson's Maine" Green and Healthy Maine Summer Guide
"Becoming a Trail Naturalist" TrailGroove
"Reduce, Recycle, Retire" Green and Healthy Maine Homes
Other writing numbers:
Writing residencies applied for: 1
Residencies accepted to: 0
Grants applied for: 2
Grants received: 0
I did earn more than twice what I made the year before from writing and teaching—not enough to live on, but a kind of nice bump in the otherwise nonexistant income. I made an attempt to keep a little toe in the literary world by attending a few writing workshops and presentations/panels, as well as the nearby annual poetry festival.
Travel I Did Its!
This was a poor year for travel, being a poor year, literally. All of our trips were fairly local: our usual May camping trip and visit to the in-laws' camp, and another camping trip with friends, plus a trip to Boston in February to visit colleges with M and a family expedition to Vermont this summer for a funeral/family reunion/more college visits, as well as trips to the beach and other day trips.
Art and Craft I Did Its!
For the second year, I participated in The 100 Day Project, this time drawing each day. In the end, I think I only accomplished somewhere around 85 days, and they were nowhere near consecutive, but I did improve greatly on my pencil drawing skills.
I haven't had much of a crafty year. The only knitting I did was preemie hats for the twins' class to donate to the hospital. I also finished up E's quilt, made a fun (but perhaps not that professional) farm quilt for a friend's new baby, and put together the quilt you see at the top of this post, which I'll get back from the quilter any day now, and which I'll tell you all about soon.
Tell me about your 2018 I Did Its!