Mission Debriefing – What 2012 Meant To Me


I have many things to be grateful for, and most of them happened this past year.

It was a wild ride, I can tell you that, quite scary and humbling at times, often instructional, and always exciting. I’ve grown out of my old skin and started actively pursuing my dream, and it’s given me much more than I ever hoped for. Looking back, I almost can’t imagine how small my life would have been if I wouldn’t have dared to jump, and wouldn’t have committed to my goals.

Now that the year is coming to an end, I’m putting on my best pair of glasses and taking a look back at what I’ve accomplished and learned. I also make action plans for the coming year, so I know exactly what I need to do to go even further. (I love plans, a good and clear action plan always beats the shit out of any new year’s resolution. Besides, it’s really neat to wake up from the holiday binge-and-hangover and find a checklist and step-by-step instructions, not just some hazy wish.)

This time, I have all of you great people to share things with, and it makes me all fuzzy and warm and full of happy feelings and let’s just get to the lists before I get too sentimental.


This past year I have


I’ve learned some pretty important things this year too

  • how to be more outgoing and communicative online (I’m not a very chatty person in real life, but I’ll gladly talk to you through bits and bytes anytime)
  • blogging is a writing genre, and it demands an own set of skills and an own voice
  • the main thing that stands in the way of productivity is poor time management
  • having an outline for a complex story is a good idea
  • it takes massive balls to break out of the due insecurities of an “aspiring” writer (and oh how much I hate that word) and start writing boldly and strongly, like you mean business
  • having a good outline is a freakin’ great idea!
  • there is no One True Way of writing fiction, which makes it both harder and more exciting
  • there are so many helpful, open-minded and creative people out there, who are doing things their way successfully every day and sharing their knowledge freely, it’s virtually impossible to feel alone, lost or hopeless
  • there’s no reward for how fast you write, only for how well you write
  • you can accomplish anything if you’re passionate and organized


And this was just the beginning! Next year I will

  • finish my revision, and hand the novel out to a handful of betas
  • query agents, and find an agent to make a kick-ass team with
  • start writing the sequel and finish the first draft
  • read a lot more books (of course)
  • push my blog a big step further; I’ve already made an editorial calendar and gathered lots of interesting post ideas, and will
    • blog several times a week
    • participate in blogging challenges
    • flex my writing muscles and post flash fiction on the blog
    • introduce a reader discussion series whereย your thoughts will take center stage
    • host & do occasional guest posts and interviews, and…
      Let’s see where things go from there. ๐Ÿ™‚


I’m normally not taking breaks during the year, because I don’t really tire of blogging or engaging in social media. But Christmas and New Year’s Eve are different. First, because my hubby and I are driving 1,050 miles back home to see our families, and second because we’ll be spending most of the time up in the mountains skiing and growing snotcicles.

So this is my last post for this year, and I’ll be back on the 21st of January 2013. Meanwhile I’ll still be around on Twitter & Facebook (thank you, smartphone!) so you can always chat me up or drop me an email if you like.

Thank you all so very much for your incredible support, your thought-provoking comments and engaging conversations, for your openness and your spirit, and just for being who you are and doing what you do!




ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย  Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!






Published by Veronica Sicoe

Science Fiction Author โ€” I deliver the aliens.

22 thoughts on “Mission Debriefing – What 2012 Meant To Me

  1. Those are _massive_ achievements, the huge-est of them being of course the fact that you’ve finished your book. I don’t doubt that it’s going to be awesome. Happy Holidays.


  2. Whoa, Vero–amazing list of achievements, honeybunch! Congratulations on a year well lived–and well written! To finish that first novel is a huge high, and an amazing feat in and of itself. I know one should never compare oneself down, but seriously–you need to be very proud of yourself. Yes, breaking out of that “aspiring” writer thing (and I *hate* that description too), becoming part of the elite that actually wrote THE END to something major (not just a Tweet, par example)–it’s cause to break open the Dom Perignon. And everything else, your growth as a person, chasing and catching your dream to write–that’s how it’s done, Vero. You’re an example to us all!

    Here’s a bubbly toast to the achievement of your 2013 goals ๐Ÿ™‚ And thank *you* for being the best of blogosphere friends!


    1. Thank you so much for the kind words, Guilie! You always make me giggle like a teenie with crush. ๐Ÿ˜€

      Very true, though, finishing the first draft of my novel felt awesome! It’s been wonderful to talk about it with you guys, and to find understanding and parallels with other writers—especially those from Far Far Away and very different genres (*cough, cough, points at you*). Thank you for the friendship!

      Wish you a great Christmas and a fantastic start into the new year! Cheers!


  3. Enjoy holiday, Vero. After tomorrow’s brief post I’m taking time out, too – until January just to refresh the batteries and break the routine. Have a great Christmas and an even better new year!


    1. It’s a very healthy thing to walk away from our usual tasks and habits every once in a while, isn’t it? ๐Ÿ™‚ Wish you and your loved ones a wonderful Christmas and a happy new year!


    1. Ha ha, yeah, seems most of what I’ve read has stuck (I try a lot of the things I read out myself, before I say they’re neat and work well).

      Merry X-Mas and may you and your sweetheart live long and prosper! ๐Ÿ˜‰


  4. I wrote a similar post on taking stock of 2012 and pressing forward for 2013. You’ve really had a successful year. Congratulations! And here’s to new challenges and paths in 2013. Merry Christmas to you and safe travels.


  5. You’ve got a great blog. I can’t believe you’ve only been at it a year. Congratulations are well deserved on a full and productive year. Now for 2013 …?


    1. Thanks a lot, Tioka! Blogging is a wonderful thing, and I keep learning something new every day. I’ll do my best to make 2013 even better. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Happy Holidays and a great start into the new year!


  6. What an amazing list of accomplishments and learnings for one year, Vero. You’ve built your own solid writing base in a ridiculously short time–hats off to you! Your blog is consistently intelligent, informed, thoughtful and thought-provoking, and I am so, so glad I participated in the A to Z Blogging Challenge, because who knows how long it might have taken me to find you otherwise?!

    I still struggle with the blogging. Everything came together in April (until the knock on the head), but I haven’t been able to pull it back together since then. That’s one of my goals for the new year–to find my blogging voice, to find a focus for my blog.

    Wishing you a delightful holiday, my friend, and another creative and productive year ahead!


    1. Thanks for everything, Kern. It’s been a great year, and I’m very happy I did the A to Z challenge and met so many great people—you included. I’m sure you’re going to find your way to blogging and make it something that’s entirely YOU, that brings you joy and helps you grow as a writer.

      Thanks for your always thoughtful comments, and wish you a wonderful Holiday and a great start into the new year — may it bring many opportunities! ๐Ÿ™‚


  7. Vero, congrats on accomplishing so much in 2012! I know you’re going to knock our socks off in 2013 too. And I agree with the comments above about your blog–it’s so consistently good, polished and so chock full o’ useful goodies. You really show me how it can be done, and how a great blog community builds. And thanks for the shout-out. ๐Ÿ™‚ You rock!


    1. Thanks a bunch, Leslie! I’m so happy I invested energy into this blog, and so lucky to have found so many great writers and fellow bloggers to befriend and learn together with. It’s made my life richer and consistently gives me fuel for my writing. Thanks to you for being here! ๐Ÿ™‚


  8. Congratulations on everything you’ve accomplished this year. That big ol’ list is nothing to sneeze at! You and I have had similar experiences trying to build something with this whole blogging this year, and it’s fortunate that we bumped into each other for company on the ride. I’m grateful to have met you, Vero. You’re one of my favorite writing buddies (but don’t tell the others, I tell all of them that, too). ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I wish you all the best in 2013. I hope I get to read all about your next year of accomplishments as you knock those goals down one by one and find the success you deserve. It looks like you’ve got an excellent gameplan and you’re ready to set the world on fire. Good luck!

    And have fun on your road trip! I have one coming up this week as well. Just under 1400 miles, so I win. ๐Ÿ˜› Stay safe!


    1. Aw, you’re definitely one of my favorite writing buddies too, James. We have a heck of a lot in common, and the things we don’t sure make for some intriguing conversations. I’m very glad we’ve met in the A to Z, your blog has been a constant source of good articles on the plethora of science-fiction elements out there. And I love your writing style — your short stories are awesomesauce! ๐Ÿ˜€

      I look forward to next year, and to the challenges and opportunities it brings. I’m determined to kick ass (including my own)!

      Thanks for being a friend, and for always being open for discussions! Drive safely and have an awesome Holiday together with your loved ones!


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