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?