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2016 in Review

I can’t believe it’s over. Seriously. Didn’t we just do this?!?

*clears throat*


2016 was an amazing year for me. It was full of new experiences, new joys, and new friends. Oh sure, there was a lot of crud mixed in there, too. But overall, 2016 was a beautiful year and I’m so blessed!


~Top Posts~

My thoughts on Pinterest (which I didn’t make a graphic for…bad me.)

I wrote a letter to my first novel, TORR. (Also, didn’t make a graphic.)

I did my very first (and very awkward) VLOG!!!

One of my most popular posts ever. (and to think I almost didn’t post it…)


I launched the Very Awesome Vlog Challenge

And last, but not least, I announce my new book

Also, I went from 6 subscribers to 42. How phenomenal is that?!? Seriously, guys, thank you so much! I would have no blog if it weren’t for you all!


  1. I wrote, edited, and published The Old River Road in 9 months. (okay, yes, some of that was in 2015.)
  2. I PUBLISHED MY FIRST BOOK!!!!!!!! That is my biggest, proudest accomplishment of this year. I can’t believe I actually did it. I never thought it could happen.
  3. I wrote one full novel, called Ocean Hues.
  4. I wrote a novella, called Left to Die.
  5. I started the One Year Adventure Novel curriculum and became and OYANer.



Lots of life stuff happened this year. Good stuff, just…life. And for the record, I really don’t like growing up. (I should do a post . . . “things I’d tell my 10 year old self”)


Well there you have it, a pretty dull look at my very exciting 2016. Forgive my dullness. It really was a great year. At the moment I’m functioning on a lot of candy and a very little amount of sleep.

How was your 2016? What was your favorite part?

Happy New Year! I hope it is filled with many joys and blessings! :)


6 comments so far.

6 responses to “2016 in Review”

  1. Marrok says:

    Great post! Congrats on getting your first book published!! I bet that was such fun! I totally understand the running on candy :D 2016 wasn’t that bad on a year by my standards either, it was full of cool things that happened (which kind of tends to be over-looked)

    Let’s see… My favorite part was that I finally start to write my book

    Happy New Year! See you again in 2017!

    • Ivy says:

      Publishing my first book was quite exiting. :) And yes… it does seem like a lot of folks seem to focus on the bad things that happen rather than the good. It’s kind of sad!

      Good for you starting to write!

      Happy New Year to you, too!

  2. Of course publishing your first book would be the best, most exciting thing of the year! :) I know it was for me when I first published a book. It’s still exciting to get a newly published book in the mail. :)
    I’m very much looking forward to your next stories, so don’t stop writing!

    My year? It was busy. I didn’t get as much writing done as I had thought I would. And I didn’t get as many books published as I had hoped, but that might have had something to do with the fact that at one point I was writing four different novels! Yeah, it’s hard to see progress when you do that. ;) But it was a good year. A bit crazy, but good.

    • Ivy says:

      It certainly was!!!!! Thanks so much for that encouragement…I needed to hear that!

      Haha…yeah, multiple projects definitely seems to sap productivity. Hope 2017 feels more productive!

  3. Katie Grace says:

    Ooh, you’re doing the OYAN program? I tried. I did most of it and watched all the videos… but it was waaay too in-depth plotting wise for me. :/ I just… I gave up and begged my mom to give me a different writing program. :P

    But overall it’s a very nice curriculum and for the right person I could see that it’d be really epic.

    CONGRATS ON PUBLISHING YOUR BOOK. That’s so exciting. :D <3

    katie grace
    a writer’s faith

    • Ivy says:

      I am doing the OYAN program! And yeah, I totally get you. I’m gonna send you an email in a few, because my sentiments are very similar to yours yet there is another aspect of OYAN that totally trumps them (for me, anyway).

      THANK YOU!!!!! It was by far the highlight of my year. I can’t wait until YOUR books are published. :)

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