Thank You, 2013!

This year, I watched 96 movies, and several seasons of both old and new TV show favorites; listened to 38 audiobooks; and read 30 books.

Here are the highlights of my 2013:


Took a trip to Carmel and Monterey in February.

Enjoyed a birthday weekend getaway in Napa Valley.

Watched the live action version of How to Train Your Dragon.

Watched the famous Pageant of the Masters for the first time.

Had a reunion with some high school classmates.

Had my first taste of Paleyfest and attended its Once Upon a Time Panel.

Enjoyed the Blue Man Group show at the Hollywood Bowl with my Mom, Dad & Sis.

Attended 3 weddings.


Enjoyed book signings all over L.A.:


Got to see Michael Dante diMartino, Brian Konietzko, Joaqim Dos Santos and Ryu Ki Hun, the men behind of one of my favorite TV shows ever, Avatar: The Last Airbender.

Met Seth Hoffman, one of the writers of The Walking Dead.

Met some of my awesome authors including Cassandra Clare (The Mortal Instruments Series), Kimberly Derting (The Body Finder series, The Pledge Trilogy); Jessi Kirby (Moonglass); Sarah Ockler (The Book of Broken Hearts); Morgan Matson (Second Chance Summer); Shannon Messenger (Keeper of the Lost Cities and Let the Sky Fall); Suzanne Young (A Want so Wicked, A Need so Beautiful, Just Like Fate and The Program)

Attended book launches for local favorites like Kristen Kittscher, Leigh Bardugo and Marie Lu.

Enjoyed playing tour guide to friends visiting from New Zealand and Australia.

Met the Supreme Grandmaster himself, Grandmaster Diony Canete and passed two belt tests for my Filipino Martial Arts.



Attended & volunteered in several SCBWI writing events:


SCBWI L.A. Writers Day (March 9, 2013)

SCBWI O.C. Agents Day  (March 16, 2013)

SCBWI L.A. Critiquenic  (June 8, 2013)

SCBWI L.A. Working Writers Retreat (September 20-22, 2013)



Organized several CBW-LA workshops, and got to learn from some cool writers:


March 30, 2013 (42nd CBW-LA meetup): Blogging Workshop with Arlee Bird

May 25, 2013 (44th CBW-LA meetup): Queries, Blurbs, & Loglines: Oh My with YA Author Samantha Combs

July 20, 2013 (46th CBW-LA meetup): Writing Between the Lines: Multiple Revisions Workshops with Carmen Rodrigues

August 17 2013 (48th CBW-LA Meetup): Potent World-Making: What’s Myth Got to Do With It?

September 26, 2013 (50th CBW-LA Meetup): The Write Stuff: A Children’s Book Workshop


Celebrated my 3rd Blogging Year with some amazing Spotlight Week Interviews:

January 2013 – Jennifer Bosworth (Struck)

February 2013 – Beth Revis (Across the Universe, A Million Suns & Shades of Earth)

May 2013 – Leigh Bardugo ( The Grisha Trilogy: Shadow & Bone, Siege & Storm)

June 2013 – Pamela Jaye Smith & Reece Michaelson (The Journals of Petra Volare Scroll 1: From the Shadows)

July 2013 – Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles: Cinder, Scarlet, Cress)

September 2013 – Veronica Rossi (Under the Never Sky Trilogy)

October 2013 –  Kristen Kittscher (Wig in the Window)

November 2013 – Jessica Spotswood (The Cahill Witch Chronicles)


By far my biggest accomplishments this year, and the ones I am most grateful for include:

Getting my US citizenship.

Finishing two new drafts of URTH, the middle grade novel which I had set aside for two years and completely overhauled.

Coming up with a business plan for my writing career.

Facilitating  CBW-LA’s first ever Writing Day Anthology Workshop

Which led to STORY SPROUTS, and my first taste of publication.

 story sprouts book cover

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

I’m looking forward to being just as busy and happy next year.

I wish you a healthy and happy New Year. May all your dreams come true this coming year!

Thank you 2013!

Hello, 2014! 

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10 Responses to “Thank You, 2013!”

  1. Ate Zamm says:

    You’ve been very busy and productive! Well done ★★★! I’m so proud of and happy for you. Xxx! ♥♡♥

  2. Nutschell, I am exhausted just reading your list! You didn’t just accomplish a lot, you lived a lot. You probably got more out of this year than anyone I know. Congratulations!

  3. That’s a lot! Congrats on your citizenship. I bet that was a major highlight.

  4. Lexa Cain says:

    You’ve done so much this year! Plus highlighting so many writers and their workspaces. I’m wishing you a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2014!

  5. M.J. Fifield says:

    Sounds like you had a fantastic year. I can’t imagine every being that busy—but I envy you your ability to attend so many signings and writing events.

    And congratulations on your citizenship!

  6. Misha says:

    Wow! Your year was EPIC! Hope 2014 is even better. 😉

  7. Nas says:

    Your had a wonderful year! Hope you have a great 2014 too!

  8. Hilary says:

    Hi Nutschell – I don’t know how you do what you do … amazing – so much going on. Good for you for living life to the full .. that you most certainly do .. and then you’ve got your US citizenship – that must be just wonderful .. so pleased for you and your family.

    It’s great seeing what you’re doing, meeting new authors and bloggers and generally keeping an eye on your writing life .. congratulations and here’s to a very happy 2014 .. Hilary

  9. Donna Hole says:

    What a list of accomplishments. Such excitement and adventure. I hope all goes as well in the coming year :)


  10. What a year! I especially liked that last part about the publishing plan and finalizing of a book. Awesome stuff! Hit me up with your timeline if you’re planning a blog tour, and I’ll totally write you in for a Writerly Wednesday. Yay!

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