Happy New Year

As it’s already 2014 here in New Zealand….

Happy New Year to everyone and I hope 2014 brings everything you want and need.

As I tend to do on New Years’ day, I’m looking back on 2013, and also looking forward to the coming year. Often I think I’m not achieving much at all but one of the reasons I do look back is that it puts things in perspective and I’m thinking wow, okay, I’ve done way more than I thought I did. No wonder the year felt busy. It was!

I wrote about 148K in words – 2 novels (almost, as Winter Duet is 68K with 2 and a bit chapters to go), a few shorts, and my share so far of a co-written novel/novella. I submitted 2 novels, and have done the edits, galleys etc for both. I also received a Kairangi Award at my day job, for my writing 🙂

Considering I work full time, and play in an orchestra and there’s all the usual day to day stuff going on in there too, I feel like I’m doing okay. According to GR I also read 158 books, but in my defense quite a few of those were graphic novels and audio books.

My writing goals for 2014? I want to finish and submit Winter Duet within the next couple of months then…. On Wings of Song a WW1 novella, Family and Reflection, book 3 of The Sleepless City, and The Harp and the Sea which I’m co-writing with Lou Sylvre. I’m hoping to start One Word the next story in the Hidden Places series.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at https://annebarwell.wordpress.com
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