Anyway, here's a look at what I have done compared to what I thought I would do. In the list below, I borrow liberally from my very first LiveJournal post:
- I plan to write ten pages per day. HA! I was way off! If you average it out (and don't count e-mail), I probably wrote like five pages a day.
- I plan to send off one thing to be published per week. Nope. But if you count my SpecGram articles, I didn't do too bad, I guess...
- I will try, as best I can, to turn writing into employment (i.e., into something that generates real world income). Hmm... Depends on how one interprets the phrase "as best I can"... Admittedly, if this past year was my best, I suck.
- That's the idea. Personally, I don't think I can do it, so it's a win-win proposition: I either am successful in becoming a full-time writer, or I'll fail, which will mean that I was right all along. And I was right all along! Yes!
- Novels: I almost completely finished the novel I've been working on. I, of course, finished the initial draft, but I have to do a final revision of the last fifth of it and send it off to sima_q for comments. Not bad!
- Children's Books: I think Crazy Coyote and the Last Ride of the Bandito Brigade is one of my best ever, and I really, really like this idea I came up with earlier in the year. I'm currently working on my sister's next book. It's going to be totally and completely out there. A true experiment. I also went into my sister's classroom and read one of my stories and talked a bit about constructing a story (I'll have to write about that later).
- Juvenile Novels: I did no work at all on my chapter book. I'll get to it...
- Short Fiction: Didn't plan to write a short story, and didn't. The American short story is dead.
- Humor: I published 10 articles in SpecGram in 2009. That's not bad! I almost had one a month...
- Book Reviews: I posted 13 book reviews to my book reviews page. Wow. That's unacceptably low.
- Non-Fiction: I had ideas about things I might do, but I did nothing.
- Miscellaneous: Of the things I mentioned in my original post, I did indeed update my site (quite a bit). I finished that LCC2 review, but not my treatise (which may take on a new form now). And I did give a talk at LCC3 that I thought went pretty well. I also added nine errors to my writing guide (I can do better!). Prophetically, I ended that section in my original post with the words, "And who knows what else may come up?" Who indeed! (Or should that be "What indeed!"?)
- I'm not sure if I mentioned it in my original post, but the Japanese Internment Camp documentary took up a good portion of the early part of 2009. Unfortunately, that was all but completely shelved. We should really, really pick that back up...
- The LCS Podcast was an unexpected surprise, and quite a pleasant one. Its current state, however, is quite unfortunate. (Note: If you're reading this and are an audio editor who works for little or no money, the LCS needs you!)
- Another unexpected surprise was the SpecGram podcast. That's been fun, and I look forward to doing more with it this year.
- My Kamakawi Word of the Day blog (inspired by Sylvia Sotomayor's Kēlen Word of the Day blog) is another unexpected happening, but I think it's a good thing.
- Oh, my web comic. That's kind of taken off, really. If you haven't heard of it, it's because you're not allegram. The comic lives entirely on our password-protected site that only allegram and I have access to. Basically, I do it just for allegram; no one else can see it. I think it's pretty good, but it takes quite a lot of time to do...
- My long non-fiction writing project was new, but it's been on the back burner, I'm afraid. I need to be less intimidated by it and just do it. After all, it's just for fun...
- Perhaps not worth listing in detail are the numerous LCS projects that cropped up. It's becoming rather like a job I'll never get paid for...
- The biggest bit of unexpected news was the television job to create a language. Still can't wait to say more about that. Come March, I should be able to say everything. This project, though, cut into my August, September, October and November.
- And then there was the granddaddy of them all: the house. That delivered the final blow to 2009.
So, anyway, what of 2010... Let's set some lofty goals:
- Completely finish and publish the ol' novel.
- Start work on the second (and maybe third?) novel, and get a good 40,000 words completed.
- Get a children's book published, or an agent.
- Write more book reviews, writing guide errors and SpecGram articles than in 2009.
- Finish the internment documentary.
- Be a guest on either The Daily Show or The Colbert Report.
- Finish up 2010 in the black.
Get it? "Rich?"
Yes, David Brain. I do get it.