It feels like this year in writing on Newgrounds has gone pretty slow. Maybe that's because I haven't been around much, haven't been paying a great deal of attention to it but it still feels like this place is yet to really take off. Well, for one thing, the literature portal hasn't popped up yet. I must admit, I'm not as excited about it as I used to be. But I'll still probably put some of my stuff up when it does get there, maybe even spend a bit more time on Newgrounds in general.
It's pretty disappointing to see the time taken to judge competitions just keeps getting longer and longer. I must admit, I'd forgotten about the competition I entered toward the start of the year. And the writing anthology seems to be pretty stop and start too.
I don't really know what to say, as I (along with a lot of other people here) have just been busy with other stuff. If only half the amazing, brilliant, exiting stuff going on would work its way over here.
My year can pretty much be summed up as: reading, writing, editing, workshopping, studying, working and networking. I can't remember if I've mentioned this before, but I'm occasionally writing articles for the website Bizarro Central (NSFW: I suppose I should mention that some of the stuff they post may occasionally be graphic/violent or graphic/sexual), and I've had a few short stories published on Bizarro Central, the New Flesh, and the Mustache Factor, which can be found here.
I finished my third year of creative writing at uni, and the final product of my major project was this bizarro space western ebook. Half way through next year, I'll start creative writing honours, and at the end of next year there's a good chance I'll be going to America (Portland, Oregon, specifically) to attend BizarroCon, meet up with publishers, editors and writers, and get my first book into print. At the moment I've got working drafts of a couple of novellas that I'll start refining and getting toward publication-stage next year.
At the moment, I'm occasionally doing a copy-editing job for Eraserhead Press, getting some good experience there. The first book I helped copy-edit came out last month, Trashland A Go-Go, and it's pretty wild and entertaining.
I'm also currently participating in an online workshop run by Jeremy C Shipp. It's been pretty good so far, and in January I'll be doing a workshop run by Garrett Cook.
Currently, all my time is being put into things that will help give me industry experience for once I get out of uni and start looking for a job (ideally in the writing field). I've met (well, communicated online with) some pretty awesome writers and editors over the past 12 months or so, which certainly wouldn't have happened without the internet. And to me, getting plenty of writing experience under my belt on Newgrounds was a pretty big part of that.
I'm glad to hear a few of you guys have got big projects in the works that seem to be going somewhere. :)