1. Romantic Times Convention (RT Teen Day) - Chicago - April
On April 14th, Sara from The Hiding Spot and I - with my non-blogger best friend - got up bright up and early and road tripped it to Chicago for RT Teen Day. And we had a freaking BLAST. Not only did I get to see most of my favorite bloggers and meet some new ones, but I met some of my favorite authors EVER.
2. How to Lead a Life of Crime Cover Contest - September
In August, I entered Kirsten Miller's contest for her upcoming book How to Lead a Life of Crime, in which the winner's cover design would be published as the actual cover. Anyone who knows me knows that I have two dream jobs - to be an author and to be a book cover designer. So getting the winning email was pretty much the highlight of my year. I don't think my design will be the prominent cover anymore, instead a reversible one, but I'm still pretty darn excited and proud.
3. Super Secret Family Business Venture - January
Last year, inspired by a family tragedy, my aunt thought of a brilliant idea that will help kids and young people mourn the loss of loved ones. I can't say any details because we're still working them out but in January, I was hired by my family to write a short story that goes along with the product. We've just seen what the final product will look like this past month so we are hoping that 2013 sees it finally launched. Hopefully I can share with you guys soon!
4. Finished writing my manuscript - December
I started writing my untitled story about monsters and magic during NaNoWriMo 2011. And because of the craziness of 2012, I wasn't able to get it finished until only WEEKS ago. That's more than a year I spent writing this thing. It's a hot mess right now, of that I'm sure. But I've put so much of my heart into it and even if it never sees the light of day, I'm so proud of my 89k words with a beginning and an end and all that's sandwiched in between. Because of another amazing contest I won this year, my story is in Carrie Harris's (Bad Taste In Boys & Bad Hair Day) hands right now. Cross your fingers for me that she doesn't absolutely hate it!
5. The release of The Hunger Games, Breaking Dawn Part 2 and The Darkest Minds - March, November, December
Is it sad that these movies and this book are on this list? Probably. But I love being a part of fandoms. There's something so thrilling and warm about being a member of a group that is just as passionately excited about something as you are. That's why seeing the first Hunger Games movie and the last Twilight movie were such a big deal to me. It's a bit different for The Darkest Minds (by Alexandra Bracken) because in this case, I hope to help create the fandom. And I have no doubt that by the time the next book releases, there will be a legion of crazy fangirls and fanboys who love the book and the world just as much as I do.
Like I said ... not really an exciting year for me. But I'm POSITIVE that 2013 will turn things around! Perhaps this will be the year I sell a book? Perhaps our super secret family business venture will take off and be epically successful? Perhaps I'll attend more awesome book events? (This one is pretty much a sure thing. I am already chomping at the bit to begin planning for ALA in Chicago!)
Hopefully all of these things and more happen.
Farewell, 2012. You had your moments but I'm ready to move on. Helloooooo, 2013!