Wow, hard to believe that 2012 is over. I mean, first off, we all survived the “apocalypse”, so that was good. But this past year seemed to fly by for me. So, as we pack away the holiday decorations and I get back to work for another year, I thought I’d do a little recap of the highlights of my 2012.
1. I wrote 5 Books and several short stories (for the blog and a collection). These were 3 erotic historical romances for my other name, the second monster book (the first was already written) and Dave and Sarah’s last book, THE ZOMBIE WHISPERER. I also wrote short stories for the IN THE DEAD: Volume 2 collection here on the blog and a ghost story for NO REST FOR THE WICKED, which came out in June 2012. That’s a pretty good output for a year where I seriously considered quitting writing entirely.
2. I reached out to make new friends and get more involved in our community. It started when I formed our Meet Geek group in January, which ultimately went bust (for a lot of reasons, now apparently they just meet to drink, which is… so not awesome). But I met new friends due to it. I think that inspired me to reach out a little more and get more involved, including in my local writer’s group AND with Oro Valley Relay For Life, which I’ll get to in a minute. We plan to live forever in Tucson, so I want to have a place here and be a part of the city.
3. Won the Family Football Pool. Not for this season, for last season. Then I won the prop bets for the Superbowl last year, too. I kicked football’s ass. And this year? I’m in 21st place currently out of like 28. Oh, how the mighty fall….
4. Started writing a column for our local paper. I review books once a month for The Explorer. Which makes me read, which makes me happy. I’ve found some great, fun books that I might not have read otherwise.
5. Started making jewelry. You’ve probably seen the page or heard me talk about it online. It started out as a fun hobby. I found the directions on Pinterest, then bought a few supplies. I made a handful of necklaces and I was HOOKED. I love that I can make fun, geeky designs and pretty designs. And hey, if they sell and I get a little extra money, that isn’t a bad thing either.
6. Geeked out at PHX Comic-Con with Wil Wheaton. I was so excited to go to Phoenix Comic-Con at the end of May 2012. It was so fun, got so many great pictures and saw so many awesome costumes. Oh yeah, and I found out a couple of days before that my husband had gotten me a ticket to meet Wil Wheaton. Um. Wil Freakin’ Wheaton, my girlhood crush. That Wil Wheaton. And he was awesome. And I cried a little. Whatever. Shut up.
7. Became a bestseller, but not with my urban fantasy. This was an unexpected pleasure. I had an erotic romance come out in June. It did all right, I was happy. Then in July, it BLEW UP, flying through the rankings until it finally ended up being the #16 overall bestseller at Barnes and Noble. Crazy!!!
8. Saw Weird Al Yankovich. Live and in person. With awesome. Another awesome gift from my awesome husband. We had great seats and he put on the best, most fun show ever. My face hurt from smiling the next day.
9. Visited my family in Idaho. I haven’t been home in so long and we got to spend quality time just hanging out together. No plans, no running, just sitting the yard, petting the dogs and being with my Mom and Dad.
10. Redesigned websites 1 & 2. First it was this website, with the awesome new header that I love beyond reason. I also redeigned my Jess Michaels website. And my husband did all the hard work getting them going. He makes the ship go.
11. Volunteered as Publicity Chair for Oro Valley Relay For Life. Then ended up taking over as Event Chair. And am surpirsingly excited and Zen about it! Actually even more than Zen about it. I’m excited and nervous and hoping it’s going to be awesome. Hint, hint: there are fun things coming that will be for readers and writers for this wonderful cause! Keep an eye out here. 🙂
12. Got chosen to speak for Pima County Library. It was a long, circuitous road, but next year I’ll be on the speaker schedule for the library system. If any librarians choose me, I’ll be sure to put up my speaking engagements here for local readers/writers.
All in all, it was a wonderful year. I started to rebuild after a very difficult period and am so pleased to feel like things are on the upward swing. Thanks to all of you who helped make that possible. Here’s to a great 2013!!!