Earlier today, I posted my 2015 goals.
But before I completely put 2014 in my rear view, I feel like I should give it one last shout-out.
I'd have to spend all day to describe the awesome that was 2014 -- and no one needs that. So instead, here are my highlights and favorites and things that I want to remember.
I welcomed my amazing son into this world, which will forever make this one of the best years of my life.
I made some money BY WRITING. That's right. 2014 is the year I started getting paid to do what I love.
I started calling myself a writer, marking the transition from hobby to job.
I saw a play. The Lion King. It was amazing. I didn't realize there would be puppets. I love puppets.
I joined a book club.
I moved back to Texas.
I finished not one, but TWO full length novels.
I co-founded Common Novel.
I started a children's book. It's about a bowl who has ambitions to be a hat.
And I began planning a third novel.
Favorite book: Rebel Belle, by Rachel Hawkins.
Favorite newly discovered author: Sarah MacLean
Favorite newly discovered book series: Bloodlines series, by Richelle Mead
Favorite movie: X-Men Days of Future Past. Honorable mention goes to Guardians of the Galaxy.
Favorite new TV Show: The Flash
Favorite returning TV Show: The Originals. It was the one show that never let me down. I'm looking at you Reign, with your incest and your rape.
Favorite piece of advice received: "Just show up." - Elizabeth Gilbert. (Obviously not given directly to me. And also probably not given this year. But I heard it this year, so I'm counting it.)
Favorite news story: The Interview turns into a triumph for free speech.
Favorite website: Fast Co Create
Favorite activity: Hanging out with my beautiful little boy
Here's to you, 2014! Thank you for the amazing memories, and a big thank you to everyone who made this year so special.
I'm now blogging (almost) exclusively at Common Novel.
Common Novel is a joint venture between myself and my writing partner, Diana Biller. Despite dominating the publishing market (and we mean DOMINATING—romance, mystery, and speculative fiction alone brought in around 2.8 billion dollars in 2012, compared to about 471 million from classic literary fiction), popular fiction is often overlooked when it comes to serious reviews, commentary, and analysis.
We thought it deserved more, and that’s why we founded Common Novel.
It's is a celebration of genre reading. It’s a celebration of the tattered paperback, of the third-time-through, and of the book that’s currently living in your purse. It’s a celebration of the genres themselves: romance, young adult, new adult, horror, mystery, science fiction, and fantasy.
Rachel Paxton is a typer of words in Dallas, TX.