It's probably a bit cliché to look over the past year and review it, but because I love lists, I am a victim of the tradition. Here are a few of my 2013 reading/writing highlights.
The Weeds Shall Inherit
Early in the year I finished a complete draft of my novel, The Weeds Shall Inherit. I did some further research, enlisted some beta-readers, and completed another complete draft mid-year. Soon after, I found out my novel-in-progress was much too long. Industry standard says first-time novelists should debut works between 80-110,000 words. My novel stood at over 150,000 words. So, I've spent much of the year whittling away words. Current word count: 139,000. :/ (But if any agents ask, I'll round down.)
Reads of 2013
I read 65 books and approximately 24,200 pages this year. That's an average of 375 pages per book. Not bad at all (for me anyway). I finally got back around to War and Peace, and I finished reading A Series of Unfortunate Events to the kids. If there's a singular theme for this year, I think it would be newness. The year was full of many authors whose works I've never before read. Favorite reads of the year included
Favorite Reads Published in 2013
I made it a point this year to read more current books. Of the 65 books I read this year, 24 were published in 2013. Of these my favorites were
What's in store for 2014?
One clichéd post deserves another, don't you think?