This Craziness. To try and wrap my head around everything that happened, would be like asking me to write a short novel -- i...

    This Craziness. To try and wrap my head around everything that happened, would be like asking me to write a short novel -- in other words, impossible. But! For the sake of summing up and reflecting on 2017, I shall attempt to.

    In my first ever Quill Pen Writer Yearly Wrap-Up, I'll be focusing on different aspects of my life, both online and offline. Otherwise, I'd probably go on an hour long ramble about nothing and everything! The post is still lengthy, so please bear with me. 

    To the wrap-up!

   This year wasn't the best reading year I've ever had, but it was still decent, and I have plenty of books I will be forever glad I read. It started off spectacularly with Gemina, then as schoolwork and life events started to pile up, I often had to prioritise my writing over reading. But! I did buy quite a lot of books. Here are some I bought/was gifted this year:

- Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
- Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
- Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine
- This Savage Song by V.E. Scwab
- Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
- The Lost Girl of Astor Street by Stephanie Morrill
- Captives by Jill Williamson
- Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven
- White Wolf and the Ash Princess by Tammy Lash
- Violet Grenade by Victoria Scott

   And mmmmmmaaaaannnnnyyyyy more!

   Writing wise, 2017 was a rollercoaster. I started the year off sure I was in the final editing stages of Draped in Deception. I even went so far as to search for a critique partner for it, but the feedback I got in return, pushed me to realise that this manuscript needed to be put down. So I turned my attention to a first draft, called Golden Revenge

   After working hard through a second draft, as a result of random conversations and God's prompting, I established a friendship with my wonderful, wonderful critique partner. She's been such a brilliant human being and inspiration to me, and helped me push Golden Revenge a step further. Thanks, Liz. *tackle hugs you*

    About half-way through the year, I then became a part of a Facebook group chat for writers, thanks to Project Canvas and a few incredible individuals. They've helped me expand my worlds and explore my characters like never before. Thanks to all of you, too. *more hugs*

    Then November came, a.k.a. NaNoWriMo, where I wrote over 53K, and a little over half of Of Traitors and Tricksters. I'm still pushing through its first draft, but slowly, but surely, I'm getting there! Just before, and in the few weeks after NaNo, I completed the third draft of Golden Revenge, and started on the hunt for beta-readers. I'm still in the process of sending out chapter batches, but I can say for sure, I have an incredible bunch of betas!

    Throughout it all, I managed to write four short stories, a sequel novella for my critique partner's birthday (which she will likely murder me for), and brainstormed a writer's workbook. I have learned so much about myself and my writing this year, and I'm proud of all I've managed to achieve. Even if my writing life didn't go the way I anticipated this year, I don't mind. It's all stepping stones on a journey, after all!

    I've moved twice this year -- in January I moved from Thailand to Australia, and this week, I moved house. Can I say something? Moving internationally, in terms of stuff, is far, far easier. You only bring a few suitcases and boxes, and throw out or sell the rest. Simple. Moving in the same city, you have to lug everything around.

    Moving to an entirely different school, and adjusting to a new country, had its difficulties, but I was blessed with an amazing group of friends that helped me along the way. *additional hugs if you're reading this* Sadly there was no dance class at my new school, so I took initiative to keep it up in my own time -- it's a great relaxing strategy, exercise, and another way to tell stories as well! 

    From my first post of the year "How I Worldbuild" to my Merry Christmas post last week, 2017 has been my best blogging year yet. I made so many more blogging friends (thanks, everyone!), became part of the Rebellious Writing group, and saw my stats explode with my new series, Questions to Ask When...!

    Here are my favourite posts from 2017:
- Questions to Ask When Creating Characters - Backstory
- #Rebellious Writing - Where is the Light?
- 100th Post / My Writing Journey
- Who are They?
- The Comparison Trap

    The most popular posts from 2017 are:

- Questions to Ask When Creating Fictional Cities
- Questions to Ask When Creating Fictional Schools


    It was a jumble of highs and lows, and joys and stresses. 2017 was an adventure, to be sure! Here's to a wild year!

How would you describe your year in one word? What books are you glad joined your bookshelf this year? What craziness has happened in 2017 for you?
Happy New Year's!

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  1. Congrats on a great year! What was it like moving to a different country? That's pretty impressive.

    I really enjoyed your 'questions to ask...' posts. They were great!

    Happy new year! I hope 2018 treats you well!

    1. Thanks Sarah! It was pretty crazy and stressful -- especially in the beginning -- and I definitely had culture shock. But I'm more settled in now; the key thing is finding a routine, and something to do. For me, that was school. :)

      I'm so glad! :D

      Happy New Year, and same to you! <3

  2. It was wonderful to hear how your year went!!! Here's to an even better 2018!


    1. Thanks Catherine! I hope you have a fantastic 2018!! :)

  3. Your year sounds like it was wonderful! It's amazing that you got to move from Thailand to Australia!

    I hope you have an awesome New Years! <3

    1. It was pretty amazing, if stressful at times, haha!

      Thank you, and same to you, Audrey! <3

  4. Wow! It sounds like you had a rollercoaster of a year! So many things happened! If I were to describe my year in one word it would be "healing." 2017 was definitely a year of healing for me. Happy New Year! I hope 2018 is awesome for you!

    1. Yes, it was a rollarcoaster! It's been a very busy year! I'm glad, it sounds like a needed year of peace and healing for you. <3 Happy New Year, and same to you!

  5. Sounds like a hectic year! Happy New Year!

  6. Your "Questions to Ask" series is GREAT and I can't wait to maybe see a writers' workbook! :D I hope that 2018 is great for you, and that Australia is too. ;)
    - Jem Jones

    1. Aw thank you! <3 Hopefully you'll see one soon. ;) Haha thanks, and have a great 2018, Jem!