2006 Review

Work:
Words written: 95,838
Broken down by project:
Model Species: 15,228
Divine Fire: 29,645
Falling Star: 39,173
Associated Content: 3,558
Other: 673

Doesn’t include rewrite docs.  No, my numbers don’t add up. Yes, that is a pretty low number, but it doesn’t feel like I did that little. Much rewriting was done. Can I work harder? Yes.

Work to do:
Moth short story.
Divine Fire additions.
Finish Divine Fire and Falling Star.

The publishing end of work:
Sent Lucinda at the Window to two small presses. One rejection, need to query the other. Currently, one more possibility to look into.
Sent Pas de Chat to four agencies. Three rejections, might need to query one (it’s been six months).
Sent Model Species to two publishers, five agents. Six rejections thus far.
Other rejections:
Submission to Surreal Botany
Four rejections total for two flash pieces

Work to do:
Those queries.
We’re working on a better query letter for Model Species.
Always looking for potential publishers and agents.


Reading:
I had two ‘resolutions’ last year, both involving my book habits. One was to not purchase any books I wasn’t going to immediately read. The other was to read 30 books. These resolutions were…mostly successful.

Not counting Paperback Swap, gifts or books acquired from cons, I bought 12 books. Six of them are a series that I haven’t read through. Haven’t even finished the first one. I read four of the others. Not bad for a year that included new releases from Peter S. Beagle and Ray Bradbury.

I read twenty-seven books in 2006. This is more than I’ve read in any single year since I’ve been keeping track. Some of them were on the short side. Of the fifteen I have data for, I averaged 78,000 words per book.
Rereads: one
Number of new authors (not counting scripts and short story ‘anthologies’): 8
Gender of authors (again not counting scripts and shorts): 10 women, 13 men

I’ll be renewing my 2006 resolutions.


Health:
I decided near the end of 2005/beginning of 2006 to improve my back health. Keeping in mind that self-evaluation is generally unreliable, I’d have to say that I’m better off this year than I was last year. I started running and that’s been better for me than doing the stretch/strength type exercises. Movement is the key. I’m now trying to do something similar with my hands by teaching myself card tricks.

Quantitatively, I can run five miles now where last year I was happy to manage one. My knees are now a factor. It’s fairly clear that ultimate isn’t the best thing for my back. I was in a good amount of pain after New Year Fest and the Flagstaff tournament in August. I’m still gonna be play ultimate though. I can’t not. It’s too much fun and otherwise good for me. I’m also happy about how my throwing has come along.

On the weight front, I decided to try reducing my calories on a whim and I’ve been pretty happy with the results. I’ve lost 15lbs, and I’m in much better shape than when I was this weight in 1999. The trick will be maintaining what I’m doing. I’ve learned a few things about calorie budgeting, and I should probably try to get along without FitDay. It’s been hard keeping track these last two months with all the traveling and holidays. It will be good to get back to a normal schedule.


Mental Health:
Still working on being a collaborator instead taking every suggestion as a personal attack.  I’m also working on remembering the good comments rather than disregarding them.

My family hasn’t been bugging me much despite their drama.  I just find that I can’t worry about it.  Maybe that’s avoidance, but it works.

I’ve been reading and hearing more from the skeptical movement.  It’s good to be reminded to question assumptions.

The last half of the year has been disjointed feeling.  Part of it is working in the back room, a major change in my environment.  Part of it is probably the writing I’ve been doing.  I’ve started two novels, written for AC, and put some time into shorter pieces all in the second half of the year.  That’s on top of frisbee tournaments, conferences, an impromptu trip to California, the advent of watching a lot of TV on my computer, and Eric strongly considering a career change.  We’ll just have to see how it all plays out in 2007.

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