I did something last year that I’ve never done before. I kept a bullet journal for my writing life.

It wasn’t one of those beautiful, hand-lettered affairs. It was simple, and what I recorded got simpler as the year went along. But if I hadn’t done it, I would never have realized what a stellar year 2018 was for my writing career! Let me share the highlights with you.

In 2018 I…

  • “won” Storystorm (came up with at least 30 picture book ideas in the month of January)
  • took an online writing class
  • was paid for editing two books in the Green Ember series
  • signed with my agent, Bibi Lewis of the Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency
  • was a finalist for the Katherine Paterson Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Literature (sorry, this is for an unpublished picture book manuscript, so it’s not available at this time)
  • have a manuscript out on submission through my agent
  • and some news I’m not allowed to talk about yet…
  • sold two poems to magazines
  • sold two stories to magazines
  • had 10 stories and poems published in magazines and two in an anthology (see the full list HERE)
  • acted as poetry contributor for Wildflowers magazine
  • “won” the 12x12 Picture Book Challenge (wrote 12 new picture book manuscripts in 2018)
  • read over 80 books (not including picture books, but including audiobooks)

Wow! 2018 was an eventful year! And I’m hooked on bullet journaling. At least, on my simple, messy version.