Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Writer’s Wednesday: 2018 Year in Review

I should have done this last week, but I didn’t think of it in time (I’m still having issues with editing posts on the iPad; apparently it simply can’t be done—another reason to shift to Wordpress, which I may try to do next month when we are more settled and I have access to the laptop a bit more). In any case, this will help you know I’m still alive out here having a blast in New Zealand. Here’s the view from the Glentanner Motor Camp by Mt. Cook, where I wrote this post on New Year’s Day, following a lovely hike.

First, I want to say that I have at least made a start on a story for the February WEP Challenge, and should be able to handle producing that much.

Now for 2018 in review, as best I can recall:
—Death By Adverb, #3 in the Pismawallops PTA mystery series
—“The Tide Waits” in Tick Tock, A Stitch in Crime, the 2018 IWSG anthology.

—Two stories, one several times before deciding it wasn’t good enough for the job at hand.

—15 flash-fiction pieces for the blog (including 3 WEP challenge stories)
—2 longer short-stories for submission
—Drafted Pimawallops PTA mysteries #4, Death By Library
—A lot of photo essays about trips and travel.

Helped husband retire, quit my job and resigned from the school board, sold house, cut my hair off, did my longest backpacking trip in 30 years, drove across the country, experienced fall and early winter in Maine, and flew to New Zealand.

Whew! With all that, I think I’ll be impressed that I did that much writing, however disappointed I am that I didn’t come close to meeting my goals for submitting short stories.

So—tell me about your 2018!


  1. I'm really looking forward to reading Death by Library :-)

    1. Yay! I’ll sebd you a beta copy I hope by the end of February

  2. I'll check out editing my blogger site on my iPad and see if I can see any reason for it.

    I think you achieved more than me last year, although my only excuse for not achieving more is related to golf. And sometimes that feels like a hand-banging experience :)

    1. I’ve done some searching and this is a long-standing problem that Google doesn’t seem to care to fix. They even stopped supporting (and selling) the mobile app.

      You know what I think of golf! I’ll take my long walks in the mountains!

  3. Sounds like a good 2018. That means 2019 will be even better, right? That's how it works. ;)

    1. Sounds good to me! I hope so, though I expect a reduced output due to a LOT of travel. I’ll be counting trail miles and bag nights instead of words written.


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