For 2013, I'm not going to do that. Why?
Queue the ominous music. I read very little fiction in 2013*, but I have a good reason: I spent the time I would be reading novels working on my own. You see, I believe that if I allow other writers' voices/stories/plot points/nifty ideas into my head it will taint what little creative mojo I have. This theory is based on past experience and has cratered my stories before.
I did, however, read a lot of non-fiction both for research and enjoyment. For whatever reason, non-fic does not have the same muse-cancelling effect on me.
Just because I read very little fiction in 2013 does not mean I stopped buying novels. I fear I have an addiction when it comes to that. My bookshelf groans from the weight of unread novels (many of which I acquired at WorldCon). Just yesterday, I bought two more simply because I received a B&N gift card for Christmas and it burned my pocket to be spent (I always use gift cards fast so I don't forget about them).
Since I'm not compiling a list of books I enjoyed in 2013 I'll offer a different type of summary in descending order:
- Forty-seven: the number of times I attended the DFW Writers' Workshop. (I'm a firm believer in the power of critique groups, so I go as frequently as I can, but my day job gets in the way sometimes.)
- Sixteen: the number of rejections I received (Hey, you can't sell if you don't submit).
- Seven: the number of days a week that I commit to writing. My goal is words on the page each day, but editing is also counted as productive time.
- Three: the number of people I personally know who secured agent representation.
- Three: a three-book deal for a friend who has already written six novels in the same romantic suspense series.
- Two: the number of acceptances I received (both for short stories).
- Two: the number of SF&F conventions I attended (WorldCon & FenCon).
- One: friend whose debut novel was traditionally published.
- One: friend who sold her first novel.
- Infinite: the fun I've had world-building my medieval steampunk novel (I had no idea that drawing maps could be so time consuming and enjoyable).
*My son discovered video games in 2013 and also read very little fiction.