2023 Year in Review

Gargoyles viewing fireworks over the town

Many people think you put your first book out and, ha, you’ve got it! You now understand the intricacies of the writing world. But the writing journey is a constant. And this year, I honed my writing schedule, evaluated my priorities, and learned more about myself as a creator.

Here’s some highlights from 2023:

Writing

  • I published my third book, Negotiated Fate, and closed The Displacement Duology. This story had been with me for a decade, and I’m glad it can now live its life on the shelves.
  • I’m working on my next book, a long, far future tale, and have now logged 30,000 words in the story. And there’s still so much to tell.
  • My essay Smooth Skinned appeared in FSM.
  • My short stories appeared in 17 Secrets including The Manors and A Magical Date, available at The Book Store.
  • I supported 18 writers one-on-one through my book coaching business, Conquer Books, and several dozen more through workshops and writerly events.
  • I got to collaborate with my sister, Nicole, to create a workbook for writers that helps them start their story right.

Reading

  • My favorite fiction title was The Spare Man by Mary Robinette Kowal.
  • And the book that had the biggest impact on my creative life was The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron.

Travel

  • My biggest trip was to France. My family spent four weeks in the French countryside eating cheese, visiting castles, and, in my case, writing.

Things I Tried

Summed up in those neat little bullet points, it feels completeas if I knew what I was doing all along. But, on the rainy days—the days where it felt like a cloud hovered over my writing desk—I didn’t know if I’d get there. Now that I have, I feel a boost of new confidence. And my sights are set on 2024.

See you there!

Picture of I'm Rebecca Zornow

I'm Rebecca Zornow

A science fiction author living in Wisconsin, I love traveling, eating good food, and reading long books.

About

Find me on:

More Posts

Old sketch of large house and grounds with red car out front

The Nebulas

The Nebulas. Where else can you find a room full of NASA scientists, magazine editors, Hugo Award winning writers, virtual reality game developers, and people who

How to Be Creative

This month, I broke up a séance. I walked into a basement room where 20 people had gathered and demanded to know what they were doing.

$25 Million

Could we give the trees $25 million dollars? I recently saw Potawatomi botanist and author Robin Wall Kimmerer speak at University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Her book, Braiding

Weekly Artist Dates

For years I had heard about The Artist’s Way. It was this magic book that would help artists produce better, do more, and feel like

A sketch of a woman reading in a chair with a realistic clock off to the side

My Ten Year Theory

Though I write about aliens, I’m not one for conspiracy theories. But…I have completed thorough research and careful observation to build one specific theory. The project

Send me a message