Thursday, July 17, 2008

Celebrating 10 Years of Me

The 28th of this month marks the ten year anniversary of my adulthood. I'm not talking about legal adulthood, I'm referring to the day I left home. I left my family, left the city I'd grown up in, and moved to a strange new place where I had to fend for myself. Sure, I had people to fall back on, and I did rely on them, but this is when I truly became an adult. Let me tell you of the things I learned.

  • Proper finance handling
  • Car buying (and lemon trading)
  • Moving cross country
  • Job hunting and keeping
  • Marriage, and what it really means to have another half
  • Motherhood (one beautiful daughter, and a little boy on the way)
  • the meaning of Time
  • the importance of being me and enjoying my own activities

That last one hit me as soon as I moved out. I went from living in a house with three other siblings, two parents, a grandparent, a dog and two cats to occupying a one bedroom apartment by myself, in a town where I knew no one. I couldn't afford cable tv, and really, this is when I learned not only that I loved writing, but that I was good at it, and the dream came alive for me. Ten years ago, I decided I wanted to be a writer. Seriously.

In that time, I've researched and taken classes, and read everything I could get my hands on. The results? Take a look below.

Novels

  • 3 Completed (1 of which has been edited a few times)
  • 2 in progress
  • 7 in various stages of worldbuilding and outlining
  • 35 viable ideas (with at least 1 paragraph of notes) in 5 genres

Short Stories

  • 1 published
  • 1 in submissions
  • 31 complete (2 are intended for novel conversion)
  • 6 shelved (they were learning experiences and need to die)
  • 25 awaiting edit (Yes, that's 25 worth spending time to fix!)
  • 10 started but not completed (a project for 2009)
  • 3 in progress

Articles

  • 2 published
  • 10 ideas (being researched or in outline form)

So you see, I've had a busy ten years. I've learned much, and am continually learning. I've surrounded myself with positive people, and learned how and when to laugh at myself. That lesson I learned from my husband.

Tell me - either here or in your own blog - what have you accomplished? Celebrate yourself.

4 comments:

Valerie Comer said...

Congratulations! That's a positive look at the past decade.

Jade said...

That is a lot of learning, Dawn! I recently had a blog birthday and wrote about some of my growth.

Your writing accomplishments are quite impressive, and I have enjoyed reading of them. Thank you for sharing your talents here.

D.M. Bonanno said...

Thanks gals. I'm looking forward to what I can do in the next ten years. Some more publishing would be nice. LOL

Random Walk Writer said...

Very nice ten years! May the next decade be even more productive on the writing and publishing front.