Thursday, December 24, 2009

It's that time of year! Time for the round up blog post!

2009 has been a busy one, and thrilling. First of all, a number of friends published books or got book deals, which tickled me immensely, especially Heather Domin's serial publication of The Soldier of Raetia online.

It's been a good year for my writing as well. I finished my third novel (The Hummingbird), and discovered my novel Oleanna was on the shortlist for finalists in the Novel In Progress category in the Faulkner-Wisdom competition. And of course, the biggest thrill was learning that The Pilgrim Glass was a semi-finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards (and the fact that I made some lovely friends thanks to ABNA was lovely icing on that cake).

The blog's been busy, too. In October, Heather and I did our series on writing rituals, inspirations, deities, saints, and superstitions. And throughout the year, we both posted our reviews for the Historical Novels Review. Standouts for me were Rifling Paradise, A Quiet Belief in Angels, and the amazing Seal Woman.

In my non HNR world, I read some other amazing books, including Selden Edwards' The Little Book and Andrew Davidson's The Gargoyle (you can read all of my book reviews at my GoodReads page.

So, busy times here in Word-Hoardville. I'm excited to see what 2010 holds!
How about you? What were the highlights in your world in 2009? What are your hopes for 2010?


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  2. 2009 was a great year for you!! Looking forward to what 2010 has up its sleeve...

    Maybe even a football team that manages a better than .500 year?

    Sure, I can dream! :)))

  3. @Anna: it's been a great year, and I know 2010 will be even better. Not counting on that Niner sea-change, though :)

    @Heather: indeed!

  4. Sadly, Santa didn't bring me what I really wanted in 2009, but I suppose he could get in serious legal trouble for bringing me even one of the Deschanel sisters, so perhaps it's all for the best. And there's always 2010.

  5. On a more serious note, I'm glad you enjoyed Seal Woman. Its author did a fair amount of promotion around the D.C. area, but the fact that the novel didn't get more national notice highlighted, at least for me, how arbitrary critical attention really is.