Here are my Top 5 writing-related highlights of 2017 in no particular order.
1. The Godblind Launch - Attending the launch of Anna Stephen's grimdark debut novel was a fantastic evening. It began with an inspiring Q&A at Waterstones and descended into wine-fuelled gibberish at All Bar One. I rarely drink with my writers' group (because we usually end up bickering about Doctor Who) but this particular night was packed with feel-good vibes and proof that years of hard work at the laptop can pay off in style.
2. Winning the BWG Winter Competition - The theme was Nuns! Nuns! Nuns! It was a bonkers theme for a short story. I almost didn't enter. But inspiration struck five days before the deadline. I wrote, I submitted and (after a very tense judging process) won by a handful of points. I desperately needed this win after not self-publishing in 2017. Look at my happy face.
3. JuNoWriMo - I completed June Novel Writing Month, which means I wrote 50,000 words in June. This resulted in the creation of a new Nephos novella and three long short stories which have been stuck in my head for years.
4. Submission Possible - I topped the submission chart for my writers' group for the first time ever! Our Vice-Chair designed a lovely graph upon which I can lovingly gaze to remind myself that I haven't been procrastinating this year. I now have enough for almost 1.5 new short story collections.
5. Artwork for Breadcrumbs 2 - I received the first draft of the artwork for Breadcrumbs 2, my new short story collection. I didn't manage to click Publish before the end of 2017, but there is no greater feeling than seeing the front cover for the first time. It gives a face to the bundle of Word documents tucked away on my Dropbox. Look out for the collection in late January!
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