2021 / A Writing Year in Review


Celebrating 2021…

For the past three years, I’ve been taking part in Julie Hedlund’s 12 Days of Christmas for Writers. As part of the end-of-the-year process, she challenges writers to post their SUCCESSES (rather than New Year’s resolutions) for the year. I think it’s always a good idea to focus on the positive. There’s so much we can be thankful for going into a new year.

So, here’s a list of my “good news stories” from 2021…

  1. I had two stories published in magazines this year! Yay!
  2. Five of my stories were accepted for publication in magazines. Four of them will be published in 2022. (Two of them in January!)
  3. I submitted 22 stories for various magazines over the course of the year. (Hmm. 22 going into 2022.)
  4. I completed or worked on several manuscripts: 6 new magazine stories / 6 reworked magazine stories / 7 PBs / 2 MGs (with lots of revisions included).
  5. In 2021, I offered free PB/MG critiques called #3WordsCritiqueGiveaway. I did four giveaways in January, April, August, and November. In total, I critiqued manuscripts for 17 people!
  6. I logged 100+ books read in Goodreads this year.
  7. Another calendar of my photos was completed.
  8. Speaking of photography, I just finished another year of 52 Photos posted for my #2021picoftheweek Photography Challenge!

Here’s to 2022…

Photo Challenge #1 / Letting Go

20201225ma_2218“Snowy Boots” / Theme: Letting Go

A little about this photo…

These boots got left outside overnight and ended getting a little bit… snowy. Somehow, this photo speaks to me of 2020 turning into 2021. The boots look like they’ve had quite the year, with the fresh snow representing a fresh start. As I was searching for the right prompt, I found the “Letting Go” prompt. Not that it’s hard to let go of 2020! I think we’re all ready to welcome the New Year!

THIS 2021 WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – Please join me in posting your own photos every Saturday with #2021picoftheweek

Photo Challenge #1 / Point of View

20200101ma_0005“A Dusting of Snow” / Theme: Point of View

A little about this photo…

The first snow of the year! It was just a dusting and filled in the cracks in the driveway. As you can see from the next (birdseye view), you can see the pattern that came out. It caught my eye and I decided… “Here is my first point-of-view shot of the year!”


THIS WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE is posted every Saturday. Please join me in posting your own photos with #2020picoftheweek