Marathon Wrap-Up and a Quick Look Ahead

First of all, marathoners — I owe you an apology. I had a summary post written (I really, really did) but somewhere in between plowing full steam ahead to 2010 and my WordPress updates I lost it. I’d like to share with you some closing thoughts on the Marathon.

For me, December was a kick start to re-focus my efforts on my fiction. While I didn’t accomplish as much as I would have liked, I did get a lot of filing done (phew!) and I was able to take enough of a breather to simplify the story. While every writer that I talked to got something different out of the marathon, for me the reminders were two-fold: one, it was a way to re-establish my routine and keep going and two, writers are not machines. No matter how strict of a schedule I might create, my personal life has to happen somewhere in between waking up and going to bed.

I hope that the December Writing Marathon inspired you to write. Regardless of what you learned, I feel very strongly about finding inspiration wherever you can find it, so if you have links to share with your fellow writers — post ’em in the comments.

A Look Ahead

Fourth quarter really sucked. I mean, really sucked. I had several fiction opportunities and a major licensed property fall through (or be greatly post-poned) all within three months. Add other drama to the mix and it was a recipe for a very busy and very stressful couple of months. While I’m pretty realistic about rejections and the like, the sheer volume of “No, no, no’s” took its toll.

I don’t have any New Year’s Resolutions other than a simple motto: NO FEAR. What does that mean? Stay tuned and find out…

Monica Valentinelli is a writer, editor, and game developer. Her portfolio includes stories, games, comics, essays, and pop culture books.

In addition to her own worlds, she has worked on a number of different properties including Firefly, Vampire: the Masquerade, Shadowrun, Hunter: the Vigil, Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn, and Robert E. Howard’s Conan.

Looking for Monica’s books and games that are still in print? Visit Monica Valentinelli on Amazon’s Author Central or a bookstore and game store near you.

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