When I reflect on the year that was, what’s in my mind is the coronavirus doom scrolling, and all the negativity. Sure, that was part of it, but when I looked a little further, well, there was plenty of great stuff, too. Part of the experience was the Melbourne lockdowns, during which my mum died, and I also broke my leg. What a list! It was full of tragedy and drama. But, aside from all the crisis and consternation, it’s been my most productive writing year to date, with some wonderful successes. It’s not award-winning stuff, but in overviewing what I’ve done, I feel pretty good about what's been achieved.
This year has also made me realise that everything is indeed a journey, and that the pains in our lives give us more to work with. Without the awful experiences I would not have grown as much, so lemons and cream cakes, and onward we go!
Here’s my 2020 list of writerly endeavours, which is not too shabby.
Co-edited two charity anthologies: Burning Love and Bleeding Hearts with Chris Mason, and Trickster’s Treats 4: Coming Buried or Not with Geneve Flynn, both published by Steve Dillon over at Things in the Well. What a great privilege and experience it was to work with all those wonderful authors, my co-editors and Steve Dillon, and to raise funds for bushfire relief and literacy to donate to the Australian Red Cross and the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.
I was busier than I thought:
In summation, it's been a heck of a busy year. Not all doom scrolling at all! I’ve co-edited two anthologies, completed a mentorship, conducted about 25 author interviews, written 46 flash pieces, submitted 80+ times and had five acceptances, and formed and facilitated an online writing group that meets monthly and sometimes in-between. It’s been a good year! I still have a few things carrying over from 2020, but they can wait until the next post.
My latest acceptance and publication - mainly detailed here so I can show off the cover! - was for my flash piece 'Droplets' and is featured in the Macabre Ladies' publication Extreme Drabbles of Dread. Gruesome cover, isn't it?
It's certainly been a mixed bag of achievements and experiences this last 12 months. There's been good, bad and some pretty ugly. Maybe that's why I'm starting this year with Hope. Interestingly enough, 'Hope' was the name of this month's Furious Fiction submission. I'm literally starting 2021 with 'Hope'.
I hope you have a good year, too.