The Most Epic 2013 Wrap-Up Post Ever

I came up with that title before I actually wrote this post, so I guess I have a lot to live up to. SO MUCH PRESSURE, YOU GUYS.

Okay. So, a lot of people do year-in-review blog posts around the end of December, and they are always way more entertaining and worth reading than mine have ever been. In fact, I’m not even sure I did one last year, given I was about 38 weeks pregnant with Baby J and just trying to make it through the day, man.

And I don’t really want to do a year-in-review thing this year, either, but I do want to tell you about some things and some stuff.

BOY, do I ever have a gift for descriptive language!

Anyway. Here are some interesting things:

The dialect map. If you haven’t seen this yet, it’s this interactive quiz that guesses your geographic origins based on your dialect. My results were kind of terrifyingly accurate.

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Reminder: I am from Birmingham, Alabama. (And my father is from Montgomery, which explains that result.)

I also just did this “My Year On Twitter” video thingy. It takes all your top pictures and tweets, and compiles them into a super-short scrapbook type thing.

I tried to figure out how to embed it here, but alas, I have failed. So for all three of you who are interested, here it is: ANNE’S SUPER FUN TWITTER VIDEO

Wasn’t that fun?

~~~****IMAGINE THERE IS SOME KIND OF TRANSITION HERE****~~~

Things on the writing front have not exactly gone as planned this holiday season. Yeah, I wrote almost 33,000 BRAND NEW WORDS on my funny contemporary manuscript! But that’s pretty far short of my 50,000 word goal. Although, it is WAY more than I would have written, had I not made myself a goal and a plan!

So I guess I’m alternately proud and disappointed.

Interestingly, I’ve decided to start the new year with a fresh take on Creepy Faces. I’ve had some really great ideas about what to cut and what to add, and with some drastic changes, this puppy can really start turnin’ out some tricks.

(I wonder what the dialect map quiz would think about THAT little phrase?)

Revisiting Creepy Faces has some pros and also some cons. Helpfully, I’ve outlined each category here.

PROS:

–I have lots and lots of already-written words I can use.

–I know the characters extremely well.

–I really do know how it ends this time.

–I really do know who the bad guy is this time.

CONS:

–This book has a tendency to make the wiring in my brain misfire.

–I am afraid I will hit another roadblock and want to quit.

LUCKILY, I’ve been working on an Excel spreadsheet (that, by the way, is something I almost never ever say) to keep my chapters in order, and I think this is my favorite planning method so far. I’ve tried the sticky note method and the dry-erase board method and the outline-in-a-notebook method, but none of them have quite been the key to sanity they were supposed to be.

Who would have thought an EXCEL SPREADSHEET would be just the ticket?

And yet, here we are.

OH! And I also bought a new writing calendar and stickers.

We can pretend to be surprised I chose this calendar, but let's be honest: once I saw this one, there WERE no other calendars.

We can pretend to be surprised I chose this calendar, but let’s be honest: once I saw this one, there WERE no other calendars.

One set of stickers will be for writing, and the other will be for working out. I’m hoping my addiction to positive sticker reinforcement will also apply to exercise.

SO! What about you? What will you be working on in the new year?

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