Another year, another Year in Review. In 2021, there was a lot of writing, a lot of painting, a lot of reading, and lot of life changes. There were ups, and there were downs, but overall I think it was a good year. Let’s look back at all the creative and good things I did this year.
I finished the second draft of my manuscript, passed it along to beta readers, collected their feedback, did another read through with their opinions in mind, and started working on the third draft.
I’ve been feeling like I should be further along in the writing process recently, but listing out everything I did relating to this story makes me realize I’ve made a lot of progress with it this year. And I’m really proud of how it’s been developing since the first draft I started with.
I made sure to prioritize art. I’ve got some fun projects in mind for the near future, but mostly this year I’ve been painting digitally. I’m trying out different subjects, playing around with colors and new brushes, and just letting myself experiment and not worry about having a perfect final product. I definitely put more care into certain pieces, but I’ve gotten good practice out of all the other, quicker paintings I’ve created as well.
Here’s everything I made this year:
I finished reading a total of 35 books. Not as many as I wish I read, but still a fair amount, I think.
Here’s everything I read this year:
Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski
Yes Please by Amy Poehler
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson
Dune by Frank Herbert
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb
Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch
Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch
All Systems Red by Martha Wells
Artificial Condition by Martha Wells
Rogue Protocol by Martha Wells
Exit Strategy by Martha Wells
13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence
Network Effect by Martha Wells
A Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson
Bounty by Kurtis J. Wiebe
Debris by Kurtis J. Wiebe
Peter Panzerfaust by Kurtis J. Wiebe
Green Wake by Kurtis J. Wiebe
Grim Leaper by Kurtis J. Wiebe
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
Dark Run by Mike Brooks
Bloodbones by Jonathan Green
Fugitive Telemetry by Martha Wells
In Other News
This year, we bought a house, moved states, and I quit my job with no plan for the future of my career. As someone who has always supported herself independently, it’s been a wild ride adjusting to this new, wonderful life. I am incredibly grateful to have this time to focus on writing and art and learning new skills while working on the house and our land, things I have never had before.
And I’m grateful to you, too, for stopping by and letting me share the things I’m creating and reading and learning. I hope you did some good things this year, too.
See you in the new year.