This Past Year: Looking Back on 2016

It’s been one year.

And it’s been a long year, at that.

2016 is over by midnight tonight. For a moment, I want to reflect back on the past year in three categories:




(Pictures from Pinterest)


This has been a huge year writing for me. I’ve grown so much in skill and in figuring out where I want to go with it. Here are some notable times/things that happened:
January 2016: I finished typing the first draft of Survivor, the third book in my trilogy. That was the first time I’d gotten an entire series from notebook to Word-Doc.
February-July: I wrote three novellas (which actually ended up being novels), each from a different character’s point of view, based off my trilogy. These were huge for me, as I learned more about these characters.
August: I finished the fourth and final novella, which was quite a struggle. I had a breakthrough moment though. 
 That month as well, I decided I wanted to publish a book, one way or another. After working on a dozen mock query letters, I finally decided to go the independent route one day.
September: I learned how to plot, and I re-wrote Found in third-person.
October: I nearly quit my novel. Then I took a deep breath and started all over again, and I couldn’t be more happy that I did.
November: I think we all know what happened in November… (pst, is had to do with NaNoWriMo). But I finished my official first draft of Found that month as well, and wrote a whole other novel, Verity of Tomorrow.  
December: I finished deep-editing my novel *cheers* 


* I wrote seven first drafts, deep-edited five, and “finalized” four of them. 
* I came up with a gizzillion story ideas, started writing a few on paper, and finally picked one that I’m going to turn into a novel this year πŸ™‚
* Then I formatted eight of my old manuscripts and turned them into books on Lulu, and I freaked out when they arrived which was pretty funny because I rarely jump and up and down and scream and skip across the parking lot. (Thank you Katie Grace at A Writer’s Faith for introducing me to Lulu through your post)
And I have quite a collection of word documents: 30, so far. Most are for a single novel. 

Russet gold haphazardly fall to the ground, with an artless grace that the most accomplished ballerina will find difficult to match.:
(Pictures from Pinterest)


 I’ve only been blogging for a little over three months, but it already feels like forever! I’ve met lots of wonderful fellow bloggers and commenters, and here are some little stats for you all.
16 posts (17, including this one!)
1,5000 page-views (estimate, because it changes every day) (and I admit some are my views from doing make-overs)

8 public followers who make this all so wonderful! (and also you email followers and book-mark followers πŸ™‚ )

Plus three theme-makeovers, the latest of which was very fun and turned out great! (what do you think, by the way?)

(Pictures from Pinterest)


Random little events of the year:
I was away from home and my family for a month for the first time at a summer camp
I started a blog (duh)

I got in a bike crash? (last time I try to plot and go downhill XD)

I did NaNoWriMo ^-^

I became successfully addicted to Pinterest and Nuttzo
Favorite memories:
sitting by a fountain eating frozen yogurt and talking to my mom until about midnight after a ballet performance
spending an entire day home alone by myself and plotting out three novels and eating dinner in my room 
hiking up to North Dome in Yosemite with my dad and seeing the breathing-taking views
sitting outside at my old house and watching a downpour 
writing via pen and paper in an old journal in my old room
getting my first comment on my blog  
singing  on Christmas Eve 

Things I’ve learned:
{accept help}
{take breaks} 
{do things that I’ve never thought of doing}


 I did something really cool too: I wrote a letter to my younger self. Sounds kind of silly, but it’s a great way to look back and see how far you’ve come and what you’ve learned in the past year.
I can’t wait for all the adventures of this coming year, and keep your eyes open for a post next week, in which I talk about my 2017 goals πŸ˜€
Thank you to everyone who has helped out with this blog, namely my mom, for convincing me to start it, my dad, for being my first email-follower, and all you people who read it and make my day and are so wonderful! Happy New Year!

signing off on 2016….




– Audrey Caylin


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  • Reply
    December 31, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    Wow, amazing post, Audrey. And you really have been on fire with your writing, CONGRATULATIONS!!! It is AMAZING that you've written so much, I'm in awe!
    I also love those memories you shared. Beautiful.
    I hope you have a wonderful, writing-filled, blog filled 2017! And I look forward to seeing more of your writing posts and cheering you on in your writing journey. I am so glad I discovered your blog πŸ™‚ <3 Xx
    Here's to 2017!

  • Reply
    Micaiah SaldaΓ±a
    December 31, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    Wow, looks like an amazing year! And great job on doing Nano! Will you do Camp next year?

    Can't wait to hang around for 2017! =)

  • Reply
    Olivia Fisher
    December 31, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    This is such a cool post! And those are such wonderful memories!

    You write… so much. I am seriously, completely in awe of how much you wrote this year! Teach me your ways, O writing master! πŸ˜€

    Can't wait to stop by your blog next year! πŸ™‚


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    Marrok MacIntyre
    December 31, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    Congrats on all your accomplishments this month! and a special congrats on finishing SEVEN first drafts, you rock!

    (by the way the blog makeover looks great!)

    I can't wait to see what 2017 brings with it, Happy New Year!

  • Reply
    Jonathan Trout
    December 31, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    HI I'M JONATHAN. πŸ™‚ Reader, writer, stalker, etc. I found your blog through A Writer's Faith and have now arrived. *wave* XD

    OKAY BUT WHOA. Seven first drafts?? WOW. Teach me your ways. xP

    This was such a great wrap-up though! πŸ˜€

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    Autumn Raelin
    December 31, 2016 at 9:23 pm


    eerrr….*waves* =) I stumbled upon your blog just now, and I love this post so much! OH MY GOODNESS GIRL YOU ARE LIKE THE WRITER. KFSDKFJSFKSJVWEIFH I'm just over here stumbling along on my first draft of my first novel and marveling at the complete wreck that it is right now. AAAHHGG.

    But you go!! That is a huge deal. AND YOU JUST STARTED YOUR BLOG THIS YEAR??? That's so awesome! i feel like a lot of bloggers have just started blogging this year, so that's super cool. BLOGGING IS FUN AND CRAZY AND AWFUL BUT SO WORTH IT. Loved hearing about your hear and I can't wait for more posts, Audrey! <3 (your name is so pretty)

    autumn's readings + writings

  • Reply
    Katie Grace
    January 1, 2017 at 12:21 am

    Whoah you did a lot of writing this year! o.o I am very impressed, especially combined with the work of setting up a blog. You're awesome. πŸ˜€

    (and thanks for the shoutout. super sweet. <3 <3 <3)

    May 2017 be awesome and everything you can dream of. <3

    katie grace
    a writer's faith

  • Reply
    Audrey Caylin
    January 1, 2017 at 1:27 am

    THANK YOU SO MUCH, AMY!!! I think if I do half of that again this coming year I'll be amazed πŸ˜› Looking back, I don't know how I found so much time to write!
    And thank you thank you, I hope your year is filled with lots of writing and reading and wonderful books and movies and memories. I can't wait to see where you go on your blog πŸ˜€ xxx

  • Reply
    Audrey Caylin
    January 1, 2017 at 1:29 am

    Camp…*cringes* I WANT to do it really bad, but I don't know if I'll be done with my sequel by then. My new idea might be a little long too…but I'm definitely considering it πŸ™‚

    Happy New Year, and I'll be looking forward to more of your lovely posts on your blog <3

  • Reply
    Audrey Caylin
    January 1, 2017 at 1:31 am

    Thank you, Liv!

    I wish I could say there's a formula, but so far I crash and burn quite a bit πŸ˜› I just love it so much I can't stop!

    I'm so glad you found my blog and I'll be stopping by yours a bunch too πŸ™‚

    Happy New Year!

  • Reply
    Audrey Caylin
    January 1, 2017 at 1:34 am

    Thank you thank you, Marrok! Having the same story line but from a different POV definitely helped with those drafts πŸ˜›

    (thank you! I literally exhaled for a half a minute straight when I realized it hadn't gone wrong like last time)

    Happy New Year, and all the best to you! πŸ˜€

  • Reply
    Audrey Caylin
    January 1, 2017 at 1:38 am

    Hello, Jonathan, and welcome to my little Internet space! πŸ™‚

    Thank you! I LOVE it so much!

    (I usually check out peoples' blogs when they say they're "stalkers." I fall into that category quite often on the Internet myself πŸ˜‰ )

  • Reply
    Audrey Caylin
    January 1, 2017 at 1:43 am

    HI AUTUMN!!!!!! Welcome to this newbie blogger's blog πŸ˜› I'm quickly learning that that's true but the rewards are amazing and it's super super fun πŸ˜€

    The first draft of your first novel is ALWAYS tough. *sends you chocolate* (which helps a lot, actually) Keep going and DON'T GIVE UP. It's worth it!

    Thank you πŸ™‚ It's my penname, and I recently read that you have one too. But we're just the same in person, aren't we? πŸ™‚

    Happy New Year!

  • Reply
    Audrey Caylin
    January 1, 2017 at 1:46 am

    Thank you, Katie! I'm feeling kind of dizzy looking back… Hopefully I can master the art of breathing this year πŸ˜‰

    (You're welcome πŸ™‚ <3)

    Happy New Year and I hope your 2017 is wonderful and beautiful and amazing!

  • Reply
    Hannah White
    January 1, 2017 at 2:01 am

    DUDE. o.o You are a writing MACHINE. *is in awe of your ways*

  • Reply
    Audrey Caylin
    January 1, 2017 at 2:41 am

    THANK YOU, HANNAH!!!! (I think I need some oiling though πŸ˜› a.k.a moments to breathe and rest πŸ˜‰ )

    Happy New Year and I can't wait for more of your posts because they always lift me up πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Sarah Margaret
    March 2, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    so i'm prob getting annoying but YAS FOR LULU – I've printed my novel as well as a my sisters. (lol I'm the technical sis I guess) did you do a post on your book??

  • Reply
    Audrey Caylin
    March 3, 2017 at 3:29 am

    (no worries. I love comments xD)

    YES. LULU IS AWESOME. I got about… *quickly counts* … eight books? They were all my old manuscripts, so I threw together the covers really fast. Therefore, I'm not the proudest of their beauty. But I'm thinking of showing them off anyways XD

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