The Year of Writing Dangerously." (It was only when I stumbled onto the Don and his love for middle grade novels that Middle Grade Mafioso was born.)
The Year of Writing Dangerously came online in February 2010. I intended it to chronicle the 12 months of my concerted effort to "put myself out there," both in social media and in actually querying agents instead of just talking about querying (or wishing that a fairy agent would flit through my window and fly me straight to publishing glory.)
12 months passed in a blur. I found myself--much to my surprise--enjoying the whole blogging thang. I got involved in a meme called Microfiction Monday, which was a blast--140 characters to describe a photo--and which I didn't realize at the time was honing my indomitable skill at Twitter. I started reading craft books, and posted what I learned from them. And then, as one does on the internet, I found literary contests and other cool bloggers and before I knew it I was receiving a paycheck from the Don and signing up to be on the crew of the good ship Project Mayhem.
And I was writing bunches too, and sending out queries and doing all that good stuff. And then the "Year Of" blog was two years old, and I had an agent, and I was reviewing books sent to me by publishers and I was judging the Cybils and I was a regular contributor to Marvelous Middle Grade Monday and... And I noticed that it was kinda hard to keep up with three blogs. So, taking stock of things at the beginning of this year, I have decided to stop at Three Years of Writing Dangerously and concentrate on my Middle Grade Mafiosoing.
Today and tomorrow, there will be a couple of grand posts over at the mother ship before she heads to dry dock. Loads of the lovely writers I have met over the past three years are sharing their Pearls of Writerly Wisdom. There's a lot of good stuff there, and even the Don approves. So, if you have a moment, pop on over, have a look around, pick up a virtual cappuccino e cornetto, and say "hi." We'd love to welcome you to The Year of Writing Dangerously.