I started writing back in 2003, but only for fun. After moving to the States in 2004, I decided I wanted more than just a hobby. I wanted to write for a living, although, aside from an article on writing groups that was published in a local magazine back in January, I haven't achieved anything. But in 2009, I'm making much more of an effort .
I've promised myself that this year, I'll make things happen. I write mostly novels (as of December 2008, I'd completed four first-drafts of novels, but only three short stories). This year, I set a goal to write at least one new short story (even if it's just a 100-word drabble), in the first half of each month, and pitch it to an editor that same month.
As of today, I have four stories out there. I also have an editor appointment booked at the Write Stuff Conference in a couple of weeks, when I can pitch my first novel, Fur-Face, and as soon as the final draft is done, I have an agent whose asked to read the full ms of Waking up Jack Thunder.
I may not find an agent or get published this year, but it won't be for lack of effort on my part.