Thank You, 2011

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Ang hindi lumingon sa pinanggalingan, hindi makararating sa paroroonan –

“One who doesn’t learn from his past, cannot hope to succeed in the future.”

— an old Filipino proverb

It’s my last post for the 2011 and before I start writing down my goals/resolutions for the New Year, I’d like to look back at all the writing milestones I’ve passed, all the goals I’ve achieved, and all the lessons I’ve learned.

February 26, 2011

I joined a 5K run for the first time—and survived.

At the 5K Run

March 2, 2011

My two best friends knew I had finished the 8th draft of my MG book and helped me celebrate by taking me to Union Cattle, and—giving me an advanced birthday present of a netbook!

Enjoying my new netbook

April 16, 2011

I attended Writer’s Day for the first time ever. I got to listen to awesome speakers  such as editor Margaret Miller and authors Susan Patron, Bruce Coville, Rachel Cohn and Tony Johnston.

As an added bonus, I won 2nd place in the Writer’s Day contest for my middle grade novel Urth.

April 21, 2011

Every year since I discovered it, I try to attend the Renaissance Fair. It’s a great place to hang out with friends and a great source of ideas & inspiration for my fantasy novels. This year was no different. I had my usual fill of turkey leg and enjoyed exploring the dusty grounds with my friends.

Enjoying the turkey leg at the Renfair

April 23, 2011

Author Aura Imbarus met with our writing group and talked to us about writing, publishing and her memoir, Out of the Transylvania Night. It was a great session and we learned a lot from our talk with Aura.

TCBW with Aura Imbarus

April 26, 2011.

I celebrated another birthday.  A milestone indeed.

Birthday cake

April 30, 2011

This year’s LA Festival of Books was at the USC Grounds. I went with good friends Lissa and Lena. I attended an awesome fantasy panel comprised of authors Megan Whalen, Rick Yancey, and one of my favorite authors Jonathan Stroud.

LA Festival of Books YA Fantasy panel

I also got to meet fave fantasy authors Garth Nix and Sean Williams, who signed my copy of Troubletwisters.

With Sean Williams and Garth Nix

May 2, 2011

IWOSC’s organized a great agents panel and I got to listen to Jennifer Rofe, Ashley & Carolyn Grayson, Taylor Martindale, Paul Levine, Greg Gertmenian & entertainment lawyer Ivan Hoffman.

May 4, 2011 – May 13, 2011

I had the trip of a lifetime with bestfriend Maiko. Tanks to the generosity of my aunt JD—who shared some of her Wheel of Fortune winnings – I was able to fulfill a lifelong dream to explore England and see Stonehenge up close.

Maiko and I at Stonehenge

June 9, 2011

I met Amazing Race contestant, travel photographer/ blogger and author Deborah Cloyed.

With Deborah Cloyed

June 18, 2011

I made some awesome new writer friends at the first ever LA Kidlit Drink Night at Pink Tacos.

June 28, 2011

I attended the Screenwriting panel at Barnes & Noble, Santa Monica and made some great author connections. I love Pamela Jaye Smith’s writing books and was excited to finally meet her in person. I was also very grateful to have met Scriptwriting consultant and author Kathie Fong Yoneda.

With Pamela Jaye Smith & Kathie Fong Yoneda

July 6, 2011

Author DJ Machale, is one of my favorite fantasy authors and I was happy to get the chance to see him again at the Cerritos Library Authors Faire.

With DJ Machale

August 5 – 7, 2011

The SCBWI Summer Conference was one of the highlights of this year. It was SCBWI’s 40th anniversary and they put great effort into making it one of their most memorable conferences yet.

I learned so many different things, made new friends—

With B.L. Sauder, Sophia Chang & Melanie Abed

And got starstruck when I met incredibly awesome authors Laurie Hals Andersen, Libba Bray,  Deborah Halverson, Gary Paulsen, Norton Juster and Richard Peck.

With author Libba Bray

With author Norton Juster

with Laurie Hals Anderson

with Deborah Halverson

With Gary Paulsen

With Richard Peck

August 20, 2011

After taking my belt test for my martial arts class on July 9th, I got my orange belt certificate.


Getting my orange belt

August 24, 2011

Scriptwriting consultant and authors Kathie Fong Yoneda and Pamela Jaye Smith  showered our writing group with writing tips and shared their knowledge on the industry.

August 21, 2011

I flew up to the Bay area to spend the day with some old schoolmates. We ate, reminisced about our high school days, ate and I bought a whole bunch of books from Borders’ store closing sale.

With High School friends

August 26-28, 2011

For our best friend Lena’s birthday, we went to Catalina Island.

At Catalina Island with friends

It was my first time in Catalina, and my first time Kayaking too.

Kayaking for the first time

I took my first ever blogging break in the month of August to do my own version of nanowrimo. I finished an entire first draft of my new YA in four weeks—just in time to attend the Working Writer’s Retreat.

September 9 – 11, 2011

I attended the Working Writer’s Retreat for the second time. I met some incredible people and received great feedback for my YA.

Here, too, wonderful Regional Advisers Lee and Sarah asked me to join SCBWI-LA Board as the Contest Coordinator. Naturally, I said yes!

September 18, 2011

I was ecstatic to receive a personal invitation from Newberry winner and one of my favorite authors,  Susan Patron to attend her book launch. She launched the 3rd book in her Lucky Series at the Skylight Bookstore in L.A.

with Newbery winner Susan Patron

October 2011

October was booksigning month for me. I dragged whoever I could drag (usually Lena or Maiko) to attend various booksigning events with me.

October 2nd – Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan

October 4th, Ellen Degeneres

Ellen Degeneres

October 16th, Jane Lynch

Jane Lynch

October 23rd – Gretchen McNeil,  Elise Allen, Stasia Kehoe,  & Allen Zadoff

Gretchen McNeil,  Elise Allen, Stasia Kehoe,  & Allen Zadoff

October 22, 2011

The Torrance Children’s Book Writers, had our first ever officers meeting. We made some great plans for the future and even got to design our group’s logo.

I also managed to sneak in some time to attend the Kidlit Halloween Party to see some of my SCBWI friends.

With author Kristen Kittscher

October 23, 2011

I attended my first ever SCBWI Board meeting and loved it.

November 2011

November was a month for traveling and touring.  Maiko, Lena and I toured our city of Los Angeles since I was using it as a setting for my new YA book. So far we’ve seen the Flower District, Jewelry District, Fashion District, Chinatown, Little Tokyo, El Pueblo, Silver Lake & Echo Park area.

Pershing Square

The three of us also traveled to New Orleans to attend our friend Cesar’s wedding.

French Quarter, New Orleans

November 12, 2011

This was the first time our second scribe (aka vice president) Lucy Ravitch headed one of our writing group’s sessions. I was happy to be in the background for once, assisting Lucy as she lectured on writing picture books.

Picture Book Bootcamp with Lucy

December 2, 2011

Together with Maiko, Lena, Lissa and Kristen, I attended Marie Lu’s Legend book launch at Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore.

With Marie Lu

December 3, 2011

I had fun with friends at SCBWI-LA’s holiday party at the Wellesbourne.

December 10, 2011

The Torrance Children’s Book Writers had our first ever holiday party. Here we  launched our new name and logo.

Torrance Children’s Book Writers  soon to be Children’s Book Writers of Los Angeles

I end the year with gratitude and humble amazement. I am grateful for all the things I’ve accomplished, lessons I’ve learned, the wonderful people I’ve met and all the amazing experiences I’ve had this year.

Thank you 2011!

Hello, 2012!

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13 Responses to “Thank You, 2011”

  1. I follow a lot of writers and authors. No one comes close to getting out and getting involved like you do. Bravo!!!

  2. mooderino says:

    What an amazing year you had. I can’t wait to see what you get up to in 2012.


  3. It sounds like you had an amazing year!

  4. Ate Zamm says:

    You’ve been very proactive, everything counts. You’ll be up for a big reward – not too long, just keep it up!

  5. Jennie says:

    I’m tired just reading about your year! 😉 I love that you did a review of it. What a great way to celebrate all the things that you have done!

  6. jules says:

    Dang, you make me feel old! What a year of doing you had, so what was Ellen really like? Here’s wishing you another adventure filled year with stories to put into words for all 365 days. :)
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

  7. Hilary says:

    Hi Nutschell .. ya .. as Jules say – I feel sheltered and locked away .. talk about being in the fast lane .. just wonderful to see all the pics though .. good on you – here’s to a fabulous 2012 .. Happy New Year to you, Maiko and all your family .. big hugs – Hilary

  8. Julie says:

    What an amazing year you had!! I’m so impressed with all you do. I smiled about the 5k, that is one of my goals for next year. Here’s hoping!

    Happy New Year to you, Nutschell! I’m glad to have met you this year, and I wish you all the best for 2012. :)

  9. MISH says:

    What amazing accomplishments for 2011, Nutschell!
    Hope you have an awesome New Year!
    See you in 2012…

  10. Misha says:

    Looking at all those pictures, it looks like you had a wonderful year. I hope that 2012 is even better. :-)

  11. OMG what an amazing year you had. I am exhausted just thinking about all that you did (and jealous). You met some awesome people, traveled to amazing places and attended so many events. You accomplished so much in 2011. Happy New Year and I hope you have a wonderful 2012.

  12. Gusto kong “blog.” Feliz Ano Nuevo.

    How bad is my Tagalog and Spanish?

    I enjoyed your year in review.

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