What happened in 2012…

First of all, hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas if you celebrate it, and a great holiday season…

Wow I blogged for an entire year. A full year. Those are a lot of posts, a lot of connections and friendships made ❤

Here´s my a recap of what happened on this blog and in my life in 2012(some stats-even though numbers don´t say how much I smiled thanks to all of you-pictures and past posts).

As of 12/21/2012

  • 168 followers (and 39 on Google reader, maybe they´re the same, maybe not)
  • 14,309 views (wow!)
  • from 108 countries!
  • Around 150 blog posts in 2012 🙂

Top 5 posts most viewed in 2012

What Desperate Housewives taught me about my novel… 649
My January books 😀 519
Happy Friday #8: Giveaway, Books and Thanks! 365
Happy Friday #13 – Jellicoe steals my heart and other stories 361
Query writing (part 2) – Webinar with Sara Megibow 317

Top 5 posts most commented in 2012 (one of them is the post were I reveal my first name, fun!)

First Campaigner Challenge: Look, don´t touch… 94
Pssshhhh…Top secret 🙂 51
Say Hello to Balzac… 48
Dreaming of a writing retreat… 48
My Love List…. 47

And here´s the recap of my year…

January

…. I participated in CHANGEWRITENOW…set up some goals, met some awesome people.

….I stopped smoking!!!!

…I revealed my first name…I used to go only by “commutinggirl” and I used the opportunity of a Road Trip Wednesday to finally say “Hello, my name is Elodie and I´m a writer.” in the post “Pshhhhh top secret

…I finished the first draft of my manuscript PLAYING WITH FIRE. One that now needs a rewrite and which hasn´t yet been seen fully by anyone but me: The Two Magical Little Words.

Anna and The French Kiss

I read ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS for the first time. It has now become my security blanket. When I feel down, I know I can turn to Anna (and Etienne) to lift me up.

February

…I asked the Writing Community to be my Valentine (well because you guys are just awesome!)

…I took part in the Platform-Building Campaign and even in the first challenge (my first flash fiction on this blog. ever)…and made it to the second round.

March

Hosted my first Giveaway. It was the “I love reading” giveaway where two books were up for grabs (one for the reader of my blog and one for someone younger than them to spread the love of reading). Jessica Love won! 😀

…As I was going through the process of revising, I went through some self-doubt. Is my English good enough? and thought about it in the post entitled The Beauty of Words or the Pulchritude of Morphemes…

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Hubby and I went to see a Klitschko fight! It was amazing!

April

Popping the question

I took a deep breath, reread my email a thousand times over, adding this subject line…asking Jaime if she would like to try out this CP thing. She said yes, and I not only got a wonderful Critique Partner with an eye for detail (and an amazing manuscript), I also got a new friend!

Jellicoe

It´s the month I plunged into JELLICOE ROAD, and wow…the ride was amazing! I love this book. Really. I think it´s even my favorite read of the year. (Thanks again, Katy for gushing about it!)

HungerGamesPoster

My husband aka The Chemical Engineer made his first appearance on this blog, with his “A Young Engineer´s not so serious review of the Hunger Games movie

May

…my hubby shared Your Significant Other is a Writer, don´t Panic

…Some tweets made me LOL…especially these ones…

Tweet

June

…as hubby and I went on our honeymoon in May, there were a lot of post-honeymoon recaps…including those ones:

Jennifer E. Smith talking about her wonderful book!

Jennifer E. Smith talking about her wonderful book!

The Magic of Teen Author Carnival. I met authors. I asked a question. I saw and talked (briefly) to Rebecca. It was simply amazing…

On the road...

On the road…

During our road trip, we experienced so many things. We reconnected with friends, we created new memories, we laughed a lot…We also went back to that little Bed and Breakfast I fell in love with back in 2007…

Other peoples happy news: both Erin and Elsie revealed their beautiful covers….

July

WeekTwitter

Got deep into Jaime´s manuscript and into drafting ONE TWO THREE…

Dessert

Started making yummy desserts 😀 (Thanks to Katy again as she shared some of her favorite websites)

My Life Next Door

I read and loved MY LIFE NEXT DOOR…and the author, Huntley Fitzpatrick, agreed to let me interview her! (reading this post always makes me smile)

Happy Monday contest

Yay! I was one of the lucky three winners of the query contest of Taryn (Queroine extraordinaire as I now like to call her or as she puts on her blog: writer, reader, lit agency intern, and freelance editor).

August

Celebrated my 31st birthday!

Birthday Breakfast
Birthday Breakfast

Celebrated our one-year anniversary…

Anniversary

Hmmm food!
Hmmm food!

Met my baby niece

Met my newborn niece for the first time
Met my newborn niece for the first time

September

Traveled to Russia…

Bolshoi...
Bolshoi…
Discovering Moscow...
Discovering Moscow…
Deep into revisions
Revisions 2
Felt like a rock star
Sara Megibow

I attended a webinar by Sara Megibow…and she tweeted about my overview. Sara is truly amazing and so happy I took that webinar to see how an agent goes through slush…and at the same time, her comments on my query helped me go through yet another round of revision.

October

I started a class on revision by Mandy Hubbard, I learned a lot and met many wonderful writers….

…Got deep into Awkward

Awkward

….Found our cutie patoutie at the shelter

Our new cat - Peter - found at the shelterComing to live with us as of Monday evening.
Our new cat – Peter – found at the shelter

…Went to the Frankfurt Book Fair and hung out with great people from SCBWI

The outside of the Book FairHappy news from others: Rebecca announced her book deal!

November

I started querying…and my motto became You just need that one...November wasn´t an easy month, as I lost my grandmother. I shared some of her wisdom in Love is what matters

December

Both Katy and Christa had some exciting news to share! I´m so happy for those two lovely ladies. One snagged a wonderful agent, and the other revealed the cover of her book (one I think every teenage boy and girl ought to read) I love other people´s good news!Alternate - PitchWarsI entered PitchWars and made it as an alternate!!!! 😀 And? Have you seen who´s teamed up with the wonderful Dahlia? I´m so happy about this….New Tree OrnamentI received this beautiful ornament from Jessica (perfect for ONE TWO THREE…)Christmas Market with HubbySpent quality time with my hubby at the Christmas market….And…my friend Alex got an SCBWI award and will be going to the conference in NYC!!!! (see her blog for all information :D)Only a few more days until 2013…

2012 has been full of surprises, of ups and downs, of never-ending revising, of happy moments…for me and for others.I´m thankful for you! For your comments, for our interactions, sometimes for our angst-ridden emails, for the support you give me, and for being there. Really, the internet is great but it´s especially wonderful for having enabled me to connect with all of you!
See you in 2013! (and I´m sure I´ll share many more of YOUR happy news :-))
Random picture of my cat...He looks so cute on that one :D

Random picture of our cat…He looks so cute on that one 😀

 

17 Comments

  1. It sounds like 2012 was an awesome year for you, overall! I’m SO glad I found your blog this year and we became friends. (I’m still sad that I didn’t realize it was you asking the question at the Teen Author Festival, because I was there with Rebecca!!! But we’ll make up for it when you visit next time.)

    I think 2013 is going to be great too, and I’m looking forward to celebrating YOUR happy news!

    Happy New Year, Elodie! xo

  2. Alex Brown says:

    Elodie, you are my hero 🙂 Thanks for sharing your 2012 (and for sharing my news again!!!) I can’t wait to see what 2013 brings, and for all of the internet dance parties and caps locked Twitter DMs that we’ll have!!!

    I’m so lucky that I met you, and that we’re friends ❤ You're the best 😀 Now, if only you were coming to New York in February…

  3. Jaime says:

    Just got back from my parents’ place, so I’m only just seeing your post now. Thank you so much for taking that leap and asking me to be your CP! I feel like I’ve also made a great friend. 🙂 This was a really neat idea to recap your year by month. It’s hard to believe that all that time has passed. I remember a lot of this stuff happening. Here’s to 2013, and here’s hoping it’s a great year for both of us! 🙂

  4. What a great year it was for you, so many highlights, seems incredible that you actually manage to create the time to write – but such an enriching life must contribute greatly to the writing I am sure. Bonne Continuation Elodie!

  5. Rebecca B says:

    What a year! I’m so happy that I got to know you better online this year, and briefly meet in person! Hopefully I’ll get to see you again in 2013. 🙂
    Happy New Year, and may 2013 be a joyful one for you!

  6. katyupperman says:

    I adore this post, Elodie! I’ve been reading your blog from the beginning, but it was so much fun to look back at all you (and our writing friends!) have accomplished. Congrats on an awesome 2012, and I have very high hopes for you in 2013. Thank you so much for your friendship over the past year! ❤

  7. Quick question: I noticed you have an add me to your Google Reader button on your sidebar. (That’s how I added you.) Would you mind telling me how you were able to put that button there? I’m on WordPress, too, and I can’t figure it out. Do you have an upgrade or something that allows you to do it? Thanks.

  8. Colin says:

    I’m glad to say I remember many of these moments as you shared them on your blog this year. It’s been great getting to know you better this past year, Elodie. I hope your 2013 is even more fun-packed and awesome than your 2012! 😀

  9. An impressive share! I’ve just forwarded this onto a colleague who had been conducting a little research on this. And he in fact ordered me dinner because I stumbled upon it for him… lol. So allow me to reword this…. Thanks for the meal!! But yeah, thanks for spending time to talk about this subject here on your web page.

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