Miranda Kenneally Promo!, ROW80, Writing Wrap-up by Decade, Wishlists and Research, and Joe Hill in Pyjamas

Yearly goals!

A long long time ago, I came across a year-by-year wrap up of writing and other events written by an author some of you might recognise (she said cheekily). I was inspired to do the same and hinted that I might post it, but never did.

So now, four years late, here is a brief wrap up by year of all my writing (some of the years and stories overlap a bit here and there). I originally meant to have school and travels and family and reading lists as well, but that'll have to wait. Also the list doesn't mention every writers' houseparty we've had to date.

2000: Some poetry. Some book and music reviews and essays in university newspapers. Probably some short stories. Nothing to sneeze at, unfortunately.

2001: Year-long travel column in Bizim Anadolu

2002: Started my YA novel An Arnavutkoy Spring, which takes place in Istanbul c. 1910

2003: Continuing work on the first draft of An Arnavutkoy Spring

2004: Year-long book review column in Bizim Anadolu

2005: These memory exercises are hard! I don't remember what-all I was writing in 2005. Maybe I was playing at translating Tolkien into Turkish. Who knows?

2006: Joined the Compuserve Books and Writers Community. (I should mention that this was a direct result of reading the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. Thank you, Diana!)

2007: Started MG/YA The Face of A Lion! Wrote a short story called He Ain't Heavy and submitted it to the SIWC Storyteller contest. Started this blog.

2008: I spent the year working on The Face of A Lion, writing and editing and researching. Wrote a couple of columns for Bizim Anadolu.

2009: Finished The Face of A Lion and began sending it out to agents! Started a new novel, set in 1492 (Out of the Water). Wrote a few columns and books reviews for Bizim Anadolu. Wrote two short pieces for the staff newsletter at work.

2010: Lots of editing and research for The Face of A Lion, and then in the summer, the Cherry Hill and Constantinople writers' houseparties happened. I began drafting Out of the Water in earnest. Also had a dream of a story that finally saw the light of day as my 2013 NaNoWriMo project.

2011: The year of Out of the Water - endless drafts and editing and research and query preparation. NaNoWriMo project was Rome, Rhymes, and Risk, which I typed up later in the spring.

2012: Drafted a paranormal novella, Druid's Moon, over the summer, as well as a short story called At Summer's End. NaNoWriMo project was Captive of the Sea. Wrote a very rough draft of a short mystery that takes place in time between Out of the Water and Captive of the Sea. Reworked two very old pieces and shared some ancient writing snips on the blog.

2013: Shelved all other stories in order to edit and query Druid's Moon. Typed up Captive of the Sea. NaNoWriMo project is Alice and George's story (the dream from 2010!). Wrote a short story called Where's There's Life, which was shortlisted for the SIWC Storyteller award. Wrote a vignette on New York City, which I hope to submit to Vine Leaves.

ROW80 is going well - my main goal on the To Do list was to keep up with NaNo and I've been doing much better than I expected at getting words down. It really does help to make writing a daily habit and not let others distract you for at least an hour a day, no matter what!

2014: I hope this will be the year of edits and queries. I'd like to have a lot more polished works under my belt, rather than so many stories shelved to edit later. Which means I had better enjoy my drafting highs while I can...

Tweeting about writing in your pyjamas with Joe Hill. As you do...

Wishlists. I have wishlists every where. Links to books saved in my various emails, a list of Books To Get in my work email, Amazon US and CA wishlists, and so on. I'm adding another one here: all the books on Neil Gaiman's American Gods (incomplete) bibliography that I haven't read yet. So many fascinating titbits of folklore and American lore and intriguing portholes to aspects of American history that hardly ever get discussed. I need more reading time!

Here's a book I saw at a New York City flea market...
But they were charging way too much.

As if I had all the time in the world, I just signed up for an online course from Future Learn!
I do need it for research, after all.

Speaking of research, I found some great travel and railway guides as part of my research for Alice and George's story, set in the summer of 1914 near Knowlton, Quebec (in the weeks leading up to England and Canada's declaration of war):

Some people were aware of the need to save the forests even back in 1922

Driving directions up to the Windsor Hotel in Montreal in 1914!
I'm not sure what "with trolley" means - turn in the direction of the trolley? Watch out for the trolley?

Also took a photo of our neighbourhood war memorial near Remembrance Day:

Montreal West

I've got lots of other New York photos - and some secret photos of the upcoming Tobey Maguire film Pawn Sacrifice, which turned Montreal's Notre Dame street into a 1950s Brooklyn avenue for a weekend! - that I'll be sharing now and again...

I've also got a Miranda Kenneally promotion to share!

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And in other book news, Paul Blackwell has won the 2013 Quebec Writers' Federation Prize for Children's and Young Adult Literature!

Do you have travel or book photos you'd like to share?
How do you keep your wishlists organized?
D'you ever look back over your long-term projects?


S.P. Bowers said…
Huh, This made me think back over my years of serious writing. I may have to go make a year by year list. Maybe it will help me feel productive, even though I still haven't accomplished publication. :P
Shah Wharton said…
I always admire people who can work on several creative projects at a time. I don't have the focus or the organisation. Go you!

Too bad more forests weren't saved back in 1922.
You wrote a lot in just over ten years. Impressive!
Denise Covey said…
Hi Deniz. What a post to resonate with all we writers! We don't have time to do a fraction of the things we want. I have several projects on the go at all times. I'd hate to be bored, ha ha!

I love sharing travel photos. I've just posted a travel post for WEP and shared a couple of gob-smacking pics!

Lara Lacombe said…
Congrats on making the short list for the SiWC prize this year! That's wonderful news! :)
Zan Marie said…
Deniz, you are a busy, busy lady! I'm blown away by that list. I have to admit that my serious writing doesn't really start until 2005. I'll have to sit down and list it out sometime.
Deniz Bevan said…
Someday when we're both published we can look back together, Sara!

Thank you Shah and Alex!

Ooh, off to look for your travel photos Denise!

Thanks Lara! Still feel a bit of squee! whenever I think of it.

Might be a good idea for a Forum thread, Zan Marie...

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