2013 in Review and Looking at the Present

This has been a year full of learning and growing and digging in for me. I have a lot to be grateful for and many things to look forward to in 2014. This post is just a tiny look at 2013.

Goodbyes

Diana Beebe's Blog: Mermaids Don't Do WindowsWe had to say goodbye to Demon Dog. Sigh. I wrote a post about it, but you’ll never see it. Mockingbird has banned me from posting about her or her world. I’ve already said too much.

Nearly three-fourths of my “finished” fantasy novel is gone. Yes, I grieved those darlings as I cut them. Why did I slash my beloved Hunter Moon to smithereens? Because I took Kristen Lamb’s class about antagonists. Because something didn’t feel right about the story. It’s hard to have a story if there’s no bad guy.

Hellos

Diana Beebe's Blog, Diana Beebe, science fiction, middle grade fantasy, fantasy, Mermaids Don't Do WindowsThanks to Jay and his crew at TechSurgeons for holding my hand while I rebuilt Mermaids Don’t Do Windows here. Also, he has a great sense of humor–even when I managed to lock myself out of my own website *cough* *unintelligible number* times. I look forward to adding stuff in 2014 to the website. Not sure what yet, so stay tuned.

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Photo courtesy Nicole Grabner

My WANATribes and the WANA Way and WANACon has helped me in more ways than I can ever express. To my Hotel California peeps (you know who you are): Well, you know how I feel. <3 And also, DFWCon. It was wonderful to meet soooo many WANAs there. In person.

My new favorite vacation spot: Maui.

By the Numbers

Because I moved from a WordPress.com site to my own hosted .org site, I got two different reports from WordPress about the numbers.

Diana Beebe's Blog, Diana Beebe, science fiction, middle grade fantasy, fantasyThe surprise most-viewed post is the one that I totally made fun of the fabric that I picked for my bridesmaids. The title is 27 Dresses…Maybe just 4 and some curtains. I get more hits from internet searches for “27 dresses” than anything else, including creepy searches about teenaged selfies. Lock up your daughters, people!

Here’s the list that WordPress gave me:

A few of my other favorites:

The spammers continue to hammer away. In December alone, there were 4,406 spam hits. If you left a comment that got caught in the extra powerful spam filter, then I’m sorry. I emptied spam one day without reading through the 71+ pages of junk. Since April, there have been a total of 13,236 spam comments (and only 12 got through the filter).

Looking Forward

Diana Beebe's Blog, Mermaids Don't Do Windows, Diana Beebe, science fiction, middle grade fantasy, fantasyWithout going too long, here are a few of my goals for 2014 (in no particular order):

  • Spend more quality family time. So, this one does come first.
  • Give more attention to my spiritual growth.
  • Organize my office and closets.
  • Finish writing Hunter Moon (again)–including editing and revisions after beta readers attack it.
  • Diana Beebe's Blog, Diana Beebe, science fiction, middle grade fantasy, fantasy, Mermaids Don't Do WindowsEdit my middle grade novel, State Secret Keepers and plot the series.
  • Get back into those jeans (I know the ones) that don’t fit after the holidays. Yeah.
  • Put together my notebook for PTA President.
  • Post something on this blog every third day.
  • Read 2 new craft books.
  • Read 6 fiction books in my TBR pile. That’s barely the tip of the iceberg.
  • Gardening stuff. Mostly learn how to preserve the surplus (when that happens) better.
  • Join local and national writer groups/organizations.
  • Begin writing the YA science fiction story (code name Glow).
  • Learn to speak French again.

Diana Beebe's Blog: Mermaids Don't Do WindowsDang! I went long. Looks like time management is going to be key to my success this year. LOL. Anyway, there it is out there for the world to see.

Happy New Year! I wish you all the best!

What was your favorite thing that happened in 2013? What plans do you have for 2014?

18 comments on… “2013 in Review and Looking at the Present”

  1. Very touching post, Diana! I’m so happy to know you and the other WANA’s and especially Hotel California! Have a blessed and happy 2014!


    • Diana Beebe


      Thanks, Joy! Your support and friendship has meant so much since we checked in to WANA612 and WANA1012. 😀 Have a happy and blessed year, too! AND congratulations on the new book release!

  2. A most Happy New Year to you and yours! You will rock 2014 I’m sure! Like you, Hotel CA has helped so much! (Which is good since we can’t get out! LOL)


    • Diana Beebe


      We do! We must think of something before the next conference…once a year is NOT enough. I’ll be sending you pages soon. Squeee!


    • Diana Beebe


      I don’t know how you do the Canadaland chilly. *shakes head in amazement* I’m glad we met, too. WANAs are cool. I love your blog and the photos you post. 😀 Stay warm!


    • Diana Beebe


      The feeling is mutual! 😀

      Parlez-vous francais? (I’m so out of practice!)

  3. Great breakdown of the year and goals for 2014! So when do I get to read these marvelous novels? Having talked to you about them, I have a strong feeling that your stories are ones I’d enjoy. 🙂 Hope you can get them where you want them in 2014 and have much success with writing (and life).

    By the way, Mockingbird shouldn’t be embarrassed, because she has a super-cool mom! (Of course, that’s what I tell my own kids, and they’re not especially convinced.)

    Happy New Year, Diana!


    • Diana Beebe


      I plan to get Hunter Moon ready this year. Are you still up for reviewing sections as I work through Margie Lawson’s ECE packet? I’m working on backstory right now—I realized that I couldn’t move forward on the main story without a few more details spelled out.

      Mockingbird is a very private person. She knows I’m cool. 😉 (LOL)

      I’m also adding RWA to my list and possibly Nationals… Time to kick my writing into high gear.

      Happy New Year, Julie!

  4. <3 you! Sorry my lame ass is soo late. I'm finally getting back on my game and I just read through a bunch of your posts. I've been moved in ways I can't say. So sorry I wasn't there each day of your journey. My life is brighter for having met you and I'm so glad you accomplished so much this last year. Hugs.


    • Diana Beebe


      Better late than never. 😉 I’m glad we met (online and in person), too! Your support has meant a lot to me. Hugs back.

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