Life update: I’ve taken a bit of a bread break over the past couple of months as life has been hectic, and my focus has changed. I still love bread; just don’t have much of the same time as I did. Hoping to bring it back next year. I did make some red velvet cinnamon roll guts for Halloween that were amazing!
Author Life News
Monthly check-ins are easy to do, but year-end wrap-ups are hard. I write and publish a lot in various places, so it’s not as though I don’t have links to share. It’s just that when I look back over my year, the amount of stories I’ve sold and how much I’ve published is only a small part of my writing career. More happens behind the scenes than I think I will ever fully share.
Have I learned anything? Have I grown? Am I writing stories that are different than the stories I wrote a year ago? Do I feel successful and right in my intentions?
Those are the questions and topics I tend to think about when looking back.
Yes, I’ve learned things, so many things my brain swims and my fingers fly. I’ve learned I can write over 3,000 words in an hour. I can write a book in a week. I can juggle being an editor and writer for multiple publications and companies without losing my burning spark for writing and stories. I’ve learned there’s really nothing I’d rather do than write stories.
Recently, I’ve been finding success and some small recognition, but what I really feel is a control and confidence in my craft I’ve never felt.
While I spent a bunch of time reading as both a reviewer, editor, and lover of books who is in 2 book clubs, there is still a huge part of me that feels I haven’t read enough. Some of the books that have stuck out for me, though, are:
- How Much of These Hills Is Gold by C Pam Zhang
- She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan
- Meet Me by the Fountain: An Inside History of the Mall by Alexandra Lange
- Not “A Nation of Immigrants”: Settler Colonialism, White Supremacy, and a History of Erasure and Exclusion by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
- Gearbreakers by Zoe Hana Mikuta
- Arsenic and Adobo by Mia P. Manansala
This was the first year my stories have ended up on award-recommended reading lists. Both The Black and White and To Carve Home in Your Bones ended up on the reading list. Who knows if they’ll end up on the finalist list. I sure hope so, but also, it’s a big dream. Even a bunch of the stories I had the pleasure of editing ended up on a few recommended lists.
2022 has felt like my first full year as an editor at a prominent magazine, even though I actually started in 2021 with Fireside and Apparition Literary. It’s been really fulfilling to work with the writers I’ve had a chance to! I care a lot about story and writing and to be able to work with some wildly talented speculative fiction writers has shown me things that still have me grinning.
You can check out my 2022 intentions and goals to see how I faired at everything I sat out to do this year. TLDR: I accomplished everything I wanted to! Happy to see 2022 off as another great year where I feel like I didn’t just spin my wheels but I progressed in my career, skills, and community.
While I wanted to have an agent and book deal by 2021, I’m sad to say I’m ending 2022 with no such agent and no such book deal. But! I got a full-request from a dream publisher a couple weeks back and have a few more queries and submissions out with publishers and agents. I’m hoping it turns into something, but even if it doesn’t the two books I’ve written and sent out on query are still really important to me.
The feedback I’ve gotten from agents, editors, and readers gives me faith in my projects. If no one takes a bite out of my books, my plan is to revisit them in the coming years, while working on new book projects. I’ll either publish them in a series of post on this site or try and send them back out on query with my second row of agents I haven’t queried after revising the manuscripts.
I sat out to edit through my stories from the past couple of years and am astounded how well that worked. I sold about 6 stories this year and each of them was a story I edited and revamped this year. With little stories left in my edit folder, I’ll start writing new stories next year while working on rewrites of bigger editing projects.
Full List of All My 2022 Published Work
I wanted to give space to both my writing and editing work, so I split the list into two. If you only have time to read some stories, I suggest checking out those authors and stories! I also included links to my blog posts on my writing site, At Home Pro Writers. All and all, I’ve worked on 82 stories!
- Describing Body Language in Your Fiction
- Replacing Sense Words in Your Writing
- Evoking Reader Emotion in Your Fiction
- Our Favorite Horror Audio Drama Podcasts
- What is a Scene?
- Into the Night: Best Horror Short Fiction and Poetry 2021
- Book Review: Tade Thompson’s Far from the Light of Heaven
- How to Captivate Readers on the Scene Level
- The Ultimate Guide to Character Creation
- Radio at the End of the World December 2021
- Double Duty: Showing Character Development Through Dialogue
- Interior World of Characters
- Character Action
- Indirect and Direct Characterization
- Into the Night January 2022 Best Horror Short Fiction and Poetry
- 12 Great Science Fiction Podcasts
- 20 Best True Crime Podcasts (Beyond Serial and S-Town)
- Book Review for She Who Became the Sun
- Book Review: The Blood Trials by N.E. Davenport
- Dialogue as Exposition
- Developing Our Characters’ Voices
- Into the Night March 2022 Best Horror Short Fiction and Poetry
- Finding Our Characters’ Voices
- Physically Describing Our Characters
- 10 Best Motivational Podcasts
- 21 Best Business Podcasts
- Book Review: Siren Queen, by Nghi Vo
- Into the Night: March 2022’s Best Horror Short Fiction and Poetry
- Writing Prompts that Teach: Prompts to Help Writers Incorporate Technology into Their Fiction
- How to Get Out of the Slush Pile
- Descriptive Writing to World Build
- Descriptive Writing in Dialogue
- Descriptive Writing
- Our Favorite Horror Audio Drama Podcasts
- Book Review: The Ballad of Perilous Graves, by Alex Jennings
- It Came Gently
- Enhancing Your Themes and Thematic Statement
- Finding Your Story’s Themes
- Finding Your Story’s Thematic Statement
- Themes and Thematic Statement
- Book Review: Light From Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki
- Book Review: Gearbreakers, by Zoe Hana Mikuta
- Are You in the Wrong Writing Group?
- Into the Night May 2022 Horror Short Fiction and Poetry Recs
- Into the Night June 2022 Horror Short Fiction and Poetry Recs
- Using Microtension in Your Writing
- Workshops for Writers: Career Planning
- Workshops for Writers: Using Theme and Thematic Statements in Fiction
- Workshops for Writers: Endings
- Building Tension in a Story
- The Difference Between Tension and Anticipation
- Book Review: The All-Consuming World, by Cassandra Khaw
- Types of Conflict
- Workshops for Writers: Creative Intent
- Book Review: She and Her Cat, by Makoto Shinkai, translated by Naruki Nagakawa
- How to Write Thematic Horror: A guide to successfully weaving themes into your spine-chilling fiction
- Book Review: The Chosen and The Beautiful by Nghi Vo
- The Black and White
- To Carve Home in Your Bones
- My Body by J. S. Jordan
- The Night the River Meets the Sky by Lina Rather
- Song of the Balsa Wood Bird by Katherine Quevedo
- Sheer in the Sun, They Pass by Hester J. Rook
- Mother Tongue by Atreyee Gupta
- Seen Small Through Glass by Premee Mohamed
- Oversharing by R.J. Theodore
- Not a Basking Shark by Hesper Leveret
- The Book of the Blacksmiths by Martin Cahill
- Annunciation by P. Akasaka
- What Anger Builds and Breaks by Devin Miller
- Since He Came Back by Lindsay King-Miller
- Stars Above Eos by M. Darusha Wehm
- Give My Body to the Moths by Riley Neither
- We are the Thing that Lives on the Moon by Gillian Secord
- A Message From Her Feline Self, Unborn, to Her Cousin, Whose Ancestors Were Once Wolves by Jessica Cho
- Heavy Possessions by Seoung Kim
- Bonesoup by Eugenia Triantafyllou
- Spirochete by Anneke Schwob
- The Poltergeist Rose: An Instructional Guide by J.G. Lynas
- Born from the Drowning Forest by James Rowland
- 12 Things a Trini Should Know Before Travelling to a Back in Times Fete by R. S. A. Garcia
- A Love Letter Written at the Heat Death of the Universe by Aimee Ogden
On top of the 82 stories I published, I also wrote a new book, 23 new short stories, and started my MFA process!