It's my birthday. Nothing wrong with that. I love hearing from old friends and new. I scoop up news and best wishes from my sons and my siblings. I luxuriate in being treated to special meals and special treatment from my beau.
I fully admit to being a full-blown Scorpio. A double Scorpio, if you want to get particular, since I was born at sunrise, so my rising sign is also Scorpio. I am an extremist. In appetite, in love, in going after what I want, even sometimes in temper.
I am amazed by how many other Scorpios I have in my life. My closest friend. Other dear friends. A clutch of linguist friends (in grad school we used to hold the annual Scorpio Linguist Birthday Bash). A bunch (a murder?) of mystery-writer friends. Several relatives. A couple of influential (former) lovers. My first best friend from childhood. I guess we find connection, although it can involve fireworks, too.
One of the online writer groups I follow was started a year ago by Diane Vallere. She wanted to start a conversation and resource for fellow mystery writers who were seeking publication with a small press. It's been a great group. While I personally haven't yet succeeded in placing Speaking of Murder with a publisher, I get a lot of support and a lot of information from this group of Sisters (and Brothers) in Crime.
On this anniversary of the group, Diane suggested we all list our writing accomplishments for the year. Since for me this coincides with my birthday, I jumped right in. I was kind of surprised at the list, so I thought I'd share it here.
- I finished finishing SPEAKING OF MURDER, and worked hard to find an agent or a small press. Still working on that.
- My story "Reduction in Force" was published in THIN ICE by Level Best Books.
- I attended the Crime Bake and Malice Domestic conferences, the latter for the first time.
- My story "Stonecutter" was accepted for the FISH NETS anthology.
- I wrote 45,000 words on BLUFFING IS MURDER.
- I blogged weekly here. Posts possibly disappeared unread into the ether, but still it was good practice.
- I did some tweeting as @edithmaxwell.
- I participated in an in-person writers' group on Monday nights, meeting every other week or so, with excellent critique partners.
- Last month I wrote a proposal for a new cozy series involving a farm and locavores. Excited about that.
Still, I look forward to another full year. Writing makes me happy, and that's always good. Thanks to all of you who have stopped by here and commented. Bloggers crave feedback, it turns out!