Milestones and Memories

Today marks TWO milestones on my writing journey.

 

The first one—

Today, November 2, 2010, I’ve officially written more than

100 words a day for 365 days in a row.

In all the years I’ve been writing and in all the times I’ve written the words on the first page of a spiral—“I want to write, so this year I WILL write every day”—this year is the first year I’ve actually accomplished the task. No fudging. No writing something for work and counting it as part of my 100 words. No writing a blog or a post here or there and counting it. I’ve actually written somewhere around 140+ CREATIVE words every day for 365 days—one WHOLE year. And while the pantser in me knows I’ll have to weave those words together, another big thing for me with this challenge is that all the words have been for my two works in progress—my two Victorian gothics. One is further along than the other with the weaving process, but both have grown in character and shape and story. So I celebrate this “milestone marker” today.

The second one—

TODAY, I’ve written posts for the Romance Roundtable for three years.

When we first started this blog, I had no idea what to write, how to post, how to tag, or how to do ANYTHING associated with a blog. And while this milestone doesn’t mark me a professional, I’m way less anxious about creating my own blog when the time comes. Now, I know a thing or two about what it takes to create a post, but more importantly, now I know I can count on my ROUNDTABLE friends to help me as they’ve done every day for these past three years. So today, I want to say THANK YOU for all of you who’ve contributed posts and guest blogs and have made comments. Each of you has helped to make the ROMANCE ROUNDTABLE more than just another site in the blogosphere. We may have decided to employ our efforts in a different arena of this writing world, but I can say from my heart, that the last three years were special because of each one of you. I am thankful for every memory of these three years and I am thankful for my FRIENDS who travel this writing road with me.

So I celebrate this “milestone marker” today with YOU!

 

What “milestones” have you counted this past year (or these past three)? On this last week of the Romance Roundtable, share YOUR successes with us.

HUGS and BEST WISHES to each of you!
BRYNNA

       

10 Comment(s)

  1. Hi Bry, It’s wonderful to look back over challenges and see victories no matter how small or large. Congratulations on meeting your milestones! When I started blogging on RRT I couldn’t even paste a picture correctly. Now I can do that plus run a poll and add a picture to our home page for Hunkalicious. As for writing, our holiday challenges on the other site is my favorite milestone. I’ve actually finished a piece or two and received great feedback on the writing.

    terri | Nov 2, 2010 | Reply

  2. Bry, it’s has been a pleasure and a privilege to travel this road with you and our fellow RRT’ers. So many wonderful memories, but I truly believe the best are yet to come.

    Are you ready? ;)

    Anastasia St. James | Nov 2, 2010 | Reply

  3. Wow! 365 days is so cool, Bryn. You deserve a round of applause, not to mention a standing ovation, and knowing you, I’ll bet you’ll keep right on going with year number two in your sights. And I’m sitting here thinking about the wealth of words you’ve already produced. As I said before, Wow! :)

    One of the milestones I share with you and Terri is learning to find my way around the technical side of blogging. I was a totally blank slate when we started, and there’s no telling how many times I had to ask, just one more time, how to post a picture. LOL

    Besides wonderful friendships, another thing I’ve gained in these last three years is a better understanding of the whole writing process, and I like to think that I’ve become a better writer for it. And as crazy as these last years have sometime been for my own personal little soap opera life, I wouldn’t change a minute of it if it meant not being in this place and this moment. What I’ve experienced and learned in the last three years is irreplaceable and unforgettable.

    Beautiful blog, Brynna. Thanks for reminding us of who we are, where we’ve been and where we’re headed.

    Sasha Allgood | Nov 2, 2010 | Reply

  4. Bry, one year of writig everyday! That is fabulous!!! Gosh, I’m full of exclamation points. :)

    I think my greatest mile marker over the last three years has been coming into myself. I’ve discovered who I am not only as a writer but as a person. I’ve found that purpose in my life outside of wife and mom. And for that I thank each and everyone of you!!!

    MWWWWAH!

    Renee | Nov 2, 2010 | Reply

  5. Terri–This is a great group from which to learn, isn’t it? I can’t wait to see how much we all grow in the next year. :)

    Brynna | Nov 2, 2010 | Reply

  6. As long as you’re all traveling this road with me, Ana, I’m ready! :)

    Brynna | Nov 2, 2010 | Reply

  7. Sasha,

    You’re a part of us and you’ve helped each one of us grow too. That’s what’s so special about this group–we bring our strengths together to make magic.

    And I love what you said:
    What I’ve experienced and learned in the last three years is irreplaceable and unforgettable.

    Brynna | Nov 2, 2010 | Reply

  8. Renee–Now that’s the most important part of our journey–to know who we are as individuals. I’ve loved sharing the process with you!

    Brynna | Nov 2, 2010 | Reply

  9. First of all, congratulations, Brynna, on your 365 days!! I think that is awesome!!

    It’s been a great three years blogging with all of you. I’ve learned a lot about blogs and how much I could stretch my comfort zone. That’s a big one for me – to put myself out there.

    Beautiful post, Brynna, and so fitting for the moment!

    Laurie Faelan | Nov 2, 2010 | Reply

  10. Humph. I said something stupid about time flying, and it went on Renee’s post instead of this one. Well, you already know how I feel anyway.

    Alice | Nov 3, 2010 | Reply

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