Thank You, 2020: My Writing Year in Review

Either way, as I sit here on December 31 showing on my year in composing, it was a quite good one. Prior to the month was over, I taught 2, single-session writing classes for the canine handlers of Canine Adventure, Richmond. In April I handled to compose 30 poems in 30 days as part of the Poetry Society of Virginia National Poetry Month Challenge. I wrote my 2nd and third Covid-related pieces, both of which focused on local organizations. It began as a poem I wrote back in April, which he then set to initial music.

Soda (left) and Nacho (ideal) with a few copies of the book.

Things got a little crazy in March, as we are all aware, however I did compose an article to help moms and dads navigate the whole, then-brand new school-at-home thing. I likewise composed a post for The Village News about a regional, self-published author, particularly enjoyable due to the fact that I enjoy when I can use my own writing to support other authors in theirs.

Following that news, I entered my manuscript in the Inkshares All-Genre Manuscript Contest. Please do not hesitate to support my undertaking there!.

In April I handled to compose 30 poems in 1 month as part of the Poetry Society of Virginia National Poetry Month Challenge. I likewise attended two virtual Master Classes on self-publishing, both organized by James River Writers. One was taught by Tee Garner, the other by Ran Walker.


In June, I took part in a virtual occasion honoring the winners of the Bike Walk RVA essay contest, and teamed up with on an article about inquiry letters.


I do not know whether to wish the brand-new year great luck meeting everyones extreme expectations for improvement, or praise it on the fact that it wont have to work extremely hard to seem much better than its predecessor. Either method, as I sit here on December 31 showing on my year in writing, it was a pretty good one.


In November, I talked to a Covid-19 survivor and informed his harrowing survival story in a short article in The Village News. I likewise continued working on modifications of An Expected End.

This year held both frustrations and benefits for my writing life. The benefits were validating and thrilling; the disappointments yielded progress and development. Heres to a successful 2021!


After an editor at a little press provided me with really comprehensive and important feedback on my manuscript for An Expected End, I began earnestly to modify. I likewise wrote a blog post and a couple of poems, in addition to an essay entitled “Pandemic Picture Day,” which was released on the United States Department of Education blog site.




I posture with a few of my “trainees,” dog handlers for Canine Adventure, after a composing class in January 2020.

Near the end of the month, I discovered my essay “My Return to Mountain Biking” made first location in the Bike Walk RVA essay contest.

I likewise wrote 2 pieces for The Village News and one for the AKC.

I discovered another vanity press, TCK Publishing, when they reached out to me about writing a book evaluation for them. I check out the book, composed the review, and sent my own manuscript for factor to consider.

In February, I composed a piece for Everyday Dog Magazine, which ran March 1. I likewise wrote another piece for The Village News, in addition to submitting work to two vanity press.

This month, I likewise wrote my first Covid-related post, a piece about a local emergency nurse released to what was then ground-zero of the virus: New York City.

Before the months end, I lastly figured out how to share “Sadies Song” online. The song is a collaboration in between my uncle and me. It began as a poem I composed back in April, which he then set to initial music.

I likewise started my first adventure for Cooperative Living Magazine, a weekend at Twin Lakes State Park, and I eagerly wait for the publication of the piece next month (next year!).

Prior to the month was over, I taught two, single-session composing classes for the pet handlers of Canine Adventure, Richmond. This experience was a great deal of enjoyable since it combined two of my favorites: composing and dogs. In addition, I got to satisfy some fellow dog-loving authors, and give them some resources to enhance their own composing undertakings.

In August, things were type of peaceful in my writing world, however I did make up an article for instructors about back-to-school amidst the pandemic. I was also employed as the Outdoor Writer for Cooperative Living Magazine, a role I am still exceptionally delighted about.

In September, I collaborate with Cool Canines to host a virtual book finalizing, reading, and charity event for the Richmond SPCA. Dog deals with and signed copies of The Magic of Dogs raised $178 for the shelter.

© Amanda Sue Creasey.

Currently, I am also holding my first-ever giveaway on Instagram– signed copies of Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Magic of Dogs and Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive, Live Happy. The winner will be revealed on Instagram tomorrow (next year!).

I likewise reviewed and read Mary Olivers collection of poems, Dog Songs.

As the year winds down, I have actually heard from the small press I have actually been in contact with that my piece isnt for them, but I am still grateful for the communication with them, and for the guidance they supplied me, as well as for the resulting revisions, which I think make my manuscript that much stronger.

I wrote my 2nd and 3rd Covid-related pieces, both of which concentrated on local companies. The very first was an article about a how a local barbecue restaurant was serving the neighborhood and surviving the pandemic. The second concentrated on how a local beauty parlor planned to resume under the Governors Phase I Guidelines in Virginia.


For the first time ever, I opened the blog site up to guest posts, and took pleasure in reading submissions from writers about their precious pets.



I again discovered myself dealing with the folks at to share a post, this time about book blurbs.


May was especially exciting, as I learned a piece I discussed Jack and Sadie was selected to appear in Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Magic of Dogs. The story, an unabridged variation of which appears on this blog, is one exceptionally close to my heart.

This was likewise the month The Magic of Dogs was launched (on the same day as our wedding anniversary), and the month I got my copies of the book.

The very first week of the year, I got in three various composing contests. I didnt win any of them, however putting my work out there is a big accomplishment in and of itself (and among the images I entered in one of the writing/photography contests did make 2nd place).

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