Ren’s Report of 2011

A year ago I reported on my successes of the year and my goals for the new one. So as the new year approaches, I thought I would do it again.

Not necessarily "done" but I think it's close

Successes of 2011


1. Submitted books to 3 publishers this year! (granted I have 2 rejections, but it’s still a success!)

2. Drew 1.5 of my characters

3. FINISHED Renegade Project

4. Joined a Serious Critique Group

5. A ton of Blog posts! Definitely a new record for me and consistency. I even did two guest posts on other blogs.


1. Met my goal for this year of helping create a play area in the garage (and other furniture rearranging endeavors, including hauling a cedar hopechest up a flight of stairs – me, my Husband, our 8-year-old daughter and 6-year-old son, oh, and a set of ez-movers!)

2. Had a healthy baby girl.

My youngest princess

3. Got some consistent exercise with a fun Water Aerobics class

4. Have been more consistent with scripture study, and with encouraging my older children to study them, too

5. Successfully got one of those snazzy Black Friday Wal-mart Bundles! This was our first ever venture into the legendary Black Friday rush. No injuries. We got a PS3 to help motivate the kids in chores. Oh, and no, we never got caught.

Surprises of Blood, Excitement and Water-

1. Wounds – no stitches this year (thankfully), but a couple clinic visits

2. We got the leaks of last year fixed, only to have the washing machine do even more water damage in the same area, lol. But, my brother was trained in fixing appliances and he taught my Dad, who helped us fix our problem. Yah!

3. I got invited to write a horror story! This is so not my typical genre. However, when I thought about the theme I actually came up with a story concept that fascinated me enough to agree. Not slasher type, but definitely tragic and creepy. It’s still in process, but still love the it even despite the genre.

Goals For the New Year!


1. Write a bunch of short stories and start submitting them. Roughly 1 short per 2 months with 3 months leeway [note, had this goal last year but somehow I started a bunch of stories but have not finished them]

2. Finish a book – theoretically Dragon City

3. Bridge to Paradise (the horror story) is to be a novella instead of a short story, so I’ll list it as it’s own goal to complete.

4. Do at least 2 drawings for Secrets of the Dragon Seal (aka Hall of Masters)

5. Attend a Writers’ Conference!

Here’s to the New Year, a new beginning and growth!

So, now that I’ve shared mine, what are your successes and goals?

About Ren Black

Part-time novelist. Weekend artist. Full-time Mother. Ex-poet. Perfectionist by training. Compulsive researcher sporadically. Prone to fits of linguistic commentary Unorthodox Renegade occasionally. Sarcastic by habit... Dreamer Always... Consider Yourself Warned

9 comments on “Ren’s Report of 2011

  1. Cool, Ren! Congrats on all of it! I’m excited for you to find the right publisher for your book, that you got invited to write a story–in my genre, no less–and that you’ll be writing short stories. I’ve learned and grown so much in my writing since making that a focus last year. 1 short per 2/3 months is doable with novel work as a main focus. It’s a nice way to give your stories time to breathe between drafts. Keep us posted on all this. I pray you surpass these goals in God’s might.

    • Yep, I know it’s doable and I have lots of ideas. It’s just focusing and pounding them out. I have spent year hating or fearing short stories and only in the last year or so have actually started making my peace with them. So it may be that my battle to finish them are as much mental as anything.

      As for the horror thing… yeah, Kat and I decided that “by Ren Black” would just look too cool on a horror anthology. But even with a cool premise, I’ve got a long way to go on it still.

      Thanks for your encouragement, Tim.

  2. You going to come to the ACFW conference with me? *wink*

    Congrats on your sucesses…esp the precious lil girl. 🙂

    • That’s my hope… just gotta figure out how to make it work with budget and logistics. My Husband’s focus is on getting out of debt, so I’ve got to come up with the finances. But with some creativity, I think I can do it. Knowing that I’ll have friends like you there helps my determination. I’ve never been to a writers’ conference so it’s a bit intimidating. Like so many others, I worry about “fitting in” or my writing doing so, but I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it. If I’m smart and ambitious, I should get some more writing done so I can give a better sample of my writing and ready for whatever opportunities I might fight.

  3. Haha- I’ll be in Texas for the summer! But I looked it up, and we’re supposed to leave before then…Did I tell you we’ll be in San Angelo (3 hours away) from May to September?

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