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2022 Year in Review

by Maria A. Karamitsos   ·  4 weeks ago   ·  
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It’s Year in Review time! At year end, it’s good to take stock of all you accomplished and set your goals for the new year. Let’s take a look back at 2022.

Looking Back: 2022 Year in Review

It’s almost time to say goodbye to 2022. It was a hectic, harried year as it seemed we all tried to make up for everything we missed over the previous two years. My kids were busier than ever and, I’ll be honest, the year’s frenetic pace often overwhelmed me.

Sometimes I get to the end of a year, full of the frenzy of holiday preparations and all manner of year-end obligations, both personal and professional, and feel like I didn’t accomplish much. A few years back, a writer friend posted her year in review and suggested her readers try it. I did, and found I accomplished much more than I thought. I’ve done it every year since, with the exception of 2021, because I was ill over those holidays.

Let’s take a look back at my 2022.

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My 2022 Year in Review

blog posts published: 17

author interviews: 3

literary columns published: 1

media articles published: 7

appearances/speaking engagements: 2

interviews: 1

blurbs for new books: 1

articles written for clients: 7

newsletters sent: 12

books read: 60

books reviewed: 38

write/edit/query/promo webinars/workshops: 11

writing conferences: 1

queries: 7

requests for first 50 pages: 3

rejections: 5

poems written: 11

poems read at open mic events: 1

essays written: 5

short stories written: 4

memoir pieces written: 4

new novel ideas: 2

2022 Year in Review: Standouts

I had some wonderful standout (professional) moments this year.

  • Finished my novel, began the query process
  • Inducted Harry Mark Petrakis into the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame
  • Judged the Hellenic History Fair at Koraes Elementary School
  • Wrote poetry (new for me!)
  • Submitted poems for publication and contests
  • Read one of my poems at an open mic event
  • Penned short stories (new for me!)
  • Submitted a short story for an anthology–accepted!
  • Wrote a blurb to be included in a forthcoming book
  • Joined a new writer’s group
  • Worked with two wonderful Greek-American authors to promote their work in the Greek community
  • Created a literary column for NEO Magazine
  • Participated in December Writing Challenge
  • Another year celebrating the work of Greek and philHellene authors

Final Thoughts on 2022

Did I accomplish all of my goals? No. Did I accomplish things I didn’t plan on? Absolutely. Did I hone my craft: You bet. Am I psyched for next year? 2023 is my year!

How did you do? Think back. What does your 2022 Year in Review look like? Share. Let’s cheer each other on in 2023! Happy New Year!


Read more:

2020 Year in Review

2019 Year in Review


Maria A. Karamitsos

Maria A. Karamitsos has been a positive voice in Greek media since 2002. She's the founder & former publisher/editor of WindyCity Greek magazine. For 10 years, she served as associate editor & senior writer for The Greek Star newspaper. Her work has been published in NEO magazine, GreekCircle magazine, The National Herald, GreekReporter, Harlots Sauce Radio, Women.Who.Write, KPHTH magazine, XPAT Athens, and more. Maria has contributed to three books: Greektown Chicago: Its History, Its Recipes; The Chicago Area Ethnic Handbook; and the inaugural essay collection, Voices of Hellenism Literary Journal. She recently completed her 1st novel, called 'Finding Eleftheria'.

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