Tuesday, January 4, 2011

2011 - new posting schedule

Y'all know I don't talk about my personal life much on this blog, but I will say this: 2010 was a difficult year full of changes. I'm definitely ready for a new start and my new year started very well (not least thanks to the applesauce cake courtesy of SmittenKitchen.com and baked by Zoe. I had two slices at her birthday party and can't wait to make my own).

Taking a tip from Christine over at Digging out of Distraction, rather than just pile up a long list of unattainable goals, I'm going to take a look back at 2010 and what my writing achievements were.

1. I won Nanowrimo with a total of 57,000 words.
2. I volunteered as a Nanowrimo ML for my region and loved it. Can't wait to be more involved next year!
3. I kept blogging, and read great blogs, and loved every line.
4. I did my first ever blog interview.
5. Helped to start the Writers' Thingie, a group of four mad people who meet once a month to write together and eat biscuits.
6. I took a class in feature writing with Henry McDonald at the Irish Writers' Centre. He's starting a new course in late January and I cannot recommend him enough.

Not bad, all things considered! I was consistently working on a new project for much of the year, but it was shelved when fairly serious flaws emerged. I don't feel I can really call that a success, but I certainly learned a lot from it, so it sort of feels like one.

I have lots of aspirations going into the new year, and I think they're attainable - so fingers crossed! I may talk about some of those tomorrow if I feel I'm not tempting fate :)

However, one of them I can tell you about today - I am beginning a new posting schedule. From Monday January 10th, I'll be posting on Mondays (Microfiction Monday), Wednesdays and Fridays rather than when I come across something interesting. From now on, I'll save up interesting stuff and make sure there's something worth saying three times a week.

Happy new year everyone :)


  1. You have done a lot of thinks.

  2. Happy New Year to you too, Ellen. Your 2010 list of achievements looks impressive. Best wishes for writing successes and happiness in 2011.

  3. Ellen: I'm so glad my methods for celebrating the year worked for you! I love your accomplishments. And I am excited about your blogging schedule for 2011.


  4. Thanks all :) And a happy new year to all of you too.

  5. You've had some great success in 2010.

    I wish you all the best in 2011. :)

  6. I hope you have an awesome 2011! My 2010 looked a lot like yours, some successes, some... learning experiences. But the learning experiences really are just future successes, I figure - we're better writers for it.

  7. Here's hoping the momentum you built in 2010 carries into 2011!! Happy New Year! :)

  8. Thank you for stopping by, Kathi, happy 2011 to you too!

    Guinevere, you're right, the learning stages are very important - I bet we'll be thankful for them.

    Thanks DL, and the same to you and yours!


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