The beginning of the year is always a time for new resolutions and fresh beginnings. It’s also a time for reflection and celebration of past achievements. Since I’ve already made the only resolution I intend to keep (12 Classic Women Writers), I’d rather get right to the celebrations.
“We’re All In This Together Medals” go to:
The Eight Lady bloggers:
The eight ladies have been at this blog thing for over a year now and despite at least one close call that I know of, not a single member has bailed. In fact we’ve gained Jeanne who is now a semi-regular. I’m not sure what the statistical averages are for the longevity of a group blog such as this, but not only are we still going strong, we’re better than ever. Raise a toast to us!
Congrats to the winners of this year’s “Crossed Fingers Award”
- Elizabeth recently placed third in the Historical/Regency category for the NW Houston Chapter’s 2014 Lone Star Writing Contest.
- Jilly’s book, Dealing with McKenzie has finaled in two RWA contests.
- Justine’s 3 Proposals was a 2014 Royal Ascot Contest finalist.
- Nancy’s recently completed My Girls has two agents clamoring for a full. It’s also garnered rave reviews from the 8Lady reviewers.
And a special congrats to all the writers who entered a contest, pitched, or submitted in 2014 regardless of outcome. We’re the bomb!
“Bravery in Writing Reward” Will be shared by:
- To the 8Ladies who plan on submitting to Golden Heart in 2015. We’ll be rooting for you all!
“Gives Me Hope Award” (for all of us still struggling with our first draft) goes to:
- Jeanne for completing her first draft of Demons Don’t.
In her own words: “It’s a mess, filled with dead ends and extra characters and things that don’t track, but it’s a draft. I finished out just shy of 107,000 words, which means it took me 2 ½ years to write the first 25,000 words and 11 weeks to write the last 82,000.”
“Most Inspiring Christmas Challenge Honor” goes to:
- Kay, who despite being bogged down in revision mode on her current WIP, hit one out of the park with her Christmas post “Twas Daybreak on Christmas” launching the future 8Ladies Christmas anthology (and motivating me to read Jane Austen).
“Marching Forward Academically (MFA) Accolades” to:
- Michille who is on track to complete her MFA at McDaniel in 2015. You go girl!
“Is There A Draft In Here?” Honorable Mentions:
- Kay & Justine: Hard at work on revising their current WIP (hang in, ladies).
- Kat & Michaeline: Continue to work on finishing their first drafts (2015 is our year!)
Applause for “Most Intriguing Story Idea” Goes to:
- Michaeline for Bunny Blavatsky (A Gilded Age photographer and Spiritual Investigator). Can’t wait for this one!
Have a shout-out for a deserving writer? A writing achievement of your own you’d like to share? Let’s celebrate it as we begin another year!