Well, here it is, my annual review of my2010/11 writing year. This is where I take a look back at where I was one year ago, examine what my objectives were, and see if I’ve actually made any progress. As you will see, this year has been one of my best; lost of highs mixed with a few, and in one case very sad, lows.
Items that were not achieved are in red.
Highs of 2010/11
- Wrote MORE POOLSIDE POETRY
- Wrote London-based chapbook
- Wrote Edinburgh/Leith-based chapbook
- Re-wrote GATECRASH
- Completed BACCARA BURNING
- Completed GREENER IS THE GRASS
- Coffee shop chapbook idea spawned
- Involved with artist for SILLY POEMS VOL.3 illustrations
- LETTING GO (ss) published in Open Wide Magazine
- REGRETS (ss) published in summer issue of Dublin Quarterly
- BUZZ (ff) accepted by Flashes in the Dark
- THE FINAL NAIL (p) published on Every Day Poems
- SELEKTION 3rd edition published
- Deconstruction workshop at Savvy Authors: The League of Extraordinary Gentleman
- Story Building workshop at the Muse Online Writers’ Conference
- Savvy Author’s Course (One Story, Many Voices)
- Supported the Confident Freelancer webinar
- Full day novel writing course at the Edinburgh Book Festival
- Invited to be a guest author at the Sharjah International Book Fair
- Contacted by Alan Spence re my book festival blog.
- Met Phill Jupitus and discussed his new book, poetry, ska and radio
- Contacted by Glasgow’s Aye Write! Book festival
- Resigned from positions of Associate Editor and Webmaster from the Scruffy Dog Review
- Made many great new contacts & friends through networking/twitter
- Approached by Louise Rennison’s publicist
- Edinburgh Bookshop agreed to stock FF and SP
- Guardian Edinburgh invited me to submit material
- Got all Books on Kindle and FF on iBooks
- Involved with writing poetry for the Trees for Life Charity Exhibition
- Submitted recording of poetry to the PSH Blog Talk Radio show
- Made a patron of The Sky Project charity
- Launched the first episode of the Colin Galbraith Podcast
- Application for media accreditation at the Edinburgh Book Festival accepted
- Generated a lot of local publicity through City of Lit Story Shop article
- Generated a massive amount of UK publicity during the London Riots
- Officially join Savvy Authors
- Re-subscribed to Writing Magazine
- Purchased iMac
- Jury duty
- Saw the British Royal Family!!
Lows of 2010/11
- Death of my Father-in-Law
- Struggled with BACCARA BURNING for far too long
- No serious challenge to NaNoWriMo
- SLICK returned twice
- Lost two weeks due to Wisdom teeth extraction
- Application unsuccessful for Edinburgh City of Literature Story Shop programme
- Lost News of the World gig after the paper was shut down in the wake of the “Phone Hacking Scandal”
What were my GOALS for 2010/11?
- Complete all partially written manuscripts – achieved
- Greener is the Grass – achieved
- Baccara Burning – achieved
- Gatecrash – achieved
- Get at least one novel/novella published – not achieved
- Write one new full-length novel – achieved
- Publish a new chapbook – not achieved (5 chapbooks in production, though)
- Read 42 novels – not achieved
How did I plan to structure the year to support my writing?
Read more, write more and continue to keep a balance with family/life more. Not much restructuring therefore required, but I need to focus on the time I do have more. – achieved
Where did I need to ease up on myself?
Can’t do it all at once. – achieved
What steps did I feel I needed to take on the technical front to achieve these goals?
- Invest in an iPhone – achieved
- Invest in a Mac Mini – achieved, though I upgraded to an iMac
- Develop podcasting and other social media routes – achieved
What new and unique marketing arenas did I plan to enter to promote myself and my work?
- Podcasting – achieved
- Readings – not achieved
- Promotion to book fairs – not achieved
What were my DREAMS for 2010/11?
- To win a writing competition – not achieved
- To have all of my completed manuscripts picked up – not achieved
What were my RESOLUTIONS for 2010/11?
- Stay off the cigarettes – achieved
- <personal resolution> – achieved
Where did I want to be with my writing in the long-term
- I want to be regularly publishing fiction – achieved
- I want to be recognised by my peers – achieved
How did I plan to change/compromise on the non-supportive elements in my life?
- Cut out negative and non-supporting aspects from my writing life – achieved
- Try and get across that I also need support in this endeavour – achieved
What did I feel I should do to refer to myself, first and foremost, as a “writer”?
- I already do, but having more fiction published in paying markets will help – not achieved
- I should also promote myself more and take any opportunities that arise – achieved
With what new type of writing did I plan on experimenting with in the coming year?
None (at the moment), though I am going to look into undertaking more writing courses – achieved
What new non-writing interests did I wish to add to my life in the past year
None (at the moment). – not applicable
What overall changes did I feel I needed to make in my life to achieve ALL of my life goals
- Not allow writing to encroach on my family time and vice versa but to integrate it instead – achieved
- Move further outside my comfort zone and put myself in more challenging situations – achieved
- Network in positive areas as much as possible and be more confident about doing it – achieved
- Maximise output – Maximise visibility – achieved
- Think big – Think positive – achieved