Anyway. Because Janet Reid posted her year end stats, I thought I'd do so too. I'm a copycat. Or was inspired. Whatevs.
In 2105 I had my first short story published. It was then "reprinted" in the Far-Fetched Fables podcast. After 10ish years of submitting stories with varying levels of seriousness, this was amazing for me. It still makes me very happy. And occasionally, somebody looks me up on Twitter to tell me that they liked the story, "Adventuring". Which is truly awesome.
In 2015, I sent out 74 short story submissions (and my at-a-glance short story stats are courtesy of The Submission Grinder.) I received 20 personal rejections in 2015. I received 48 form rejections. 6 stories are still pending.
In 2015, I queried 19 agents for The Last Song. I've received 2 full requests. I've received 2 personal rejections, and one of those fulls is still pending.
In 2015, I read 43 books, and that was novels, graphic novels, manga, comics, short stories, etc.
So, what's in store for next year?
In 2016, I want to do the Book Riot Read Harder challenge. Many of their "categories" are books I'd be reading anyway, but some are not, and it's an interesting and fairly hands off way to try and direct my reading.
In 2016, I want to continue querying agents for The Last Song.
In 2016, I want to finish at least one novel. I start many novels (I started what, three this year?) but I have a hard time writing to The End.
In 2016, I want to finish at least one short story per month. Many of my October Submissions were repeats from last year, which is kind of sad for a number of reasons. I have a short story that's gone out 18 times so far, and I think I've rewritten it too far and need to return to an early save.
There's no way to know what the year would bring. But these are my intentions with the "controllable" variables. So we'll see how that goes.