2014 was a mixed bag year. We had a lot of friends and family get sick. Some recovered, some are on their way to recovery, and some aren’t going to get better. ☹ Anytime you have a year like that, you spend a lot of time reflecting on life and what you really want out of it.
It was nice to realize that this year I didn’t have anything major that I wanted to change for the New Year. But I have things I need to do more of. For example, I already exercise regularly (ie four to six days a week). I just need to do more of it for longer periods of time. Same with diet. I fast a couple of days a week. I’ve been doing this for over two years now. I’ve lost a chunk of weight because of it. Within the last two months, I found something that helps with the other days of the week. It’s teaching me proper portions and making me look at food differently. I need to continue by upping the days of week I do this from three to four. Between fasting a couple of days and proper portions (and nutrition), it will make me far healthier over time. I’ve also been meditating on and off. I need that to become a habit like exercise.
This year I started to cull my belongings. This includes files and unused software. I am not a hoarder by any stretch of the imagination, but I still have too much stuff. By the end of this year, I was beginning to feel buried by my belongings. That needs to change. The quickest way to do that is to go through my stuff and really ask if the items bring me joy or give me a sense of joy. If they do not, then they are thanked and donated. I’ve managed to get through my clothes and shoes. At present, I’m still wading through my office.
I am disappointed by the number of books I read this year. Normally I get sixty to seventy read in a year. This year I only managed to finish forty-six. I’m really going to try to do better next year, since reading makes me happy.
On the writing front, I had a decent amount of releases this year, but not nearly enough new work written. In Jan., the paperback version of Dead World 2: Scarlet came out. In Feb., Love’s First Bite anthology released. In May, Moonlight Kin 3: Nic was released. In July, Dead World 3: Crimson was released, along with the paperback versions of Moonlight Kin 1: A Wolf’s Tale and Moonlight Kin 2: Aidan’s Mate. Hawk’s Slave came out in September, along with the paperback version of Phantom Warriors 7: The Dark King. Moonlight Kin 4: Tristan and the Sensational Six anthology came out in November, along with a young adult novel under a different name. In December, I reworked an old novel and turned it into a two-parter under a different name.
At first glance, thirteen seems like a lot, but when you look closely you’ll see that much of what I’ve done this year is edit or re-edit a lot of work. I didn’t do a lot of writing. I did more than what was published (i.e. I started several other projects that aren’t done yet.), but overall I didn’t write much new material. I cannot afford to have this occur again in 2015.
My writing schedule for 2015 is pretty ambitious. I am focusing on 1000 words a day, six days a week. It’s just enough to be challenging some days and not so much as to burn me out. I’ve already announced this news in my Endless Summers’ Newsletter, but one of the things I’ll be working on next year is a spin-off from the Phantom Warriors called Phantom Warriors: Pit Fighters. These stories will be grittier than the regular Phantoms and might hold more suspense. There will be at least three of these novellas released next year. I’ve posted two of the covers below to give you a sneak peek of what’s to come. I’ll also be writing the final novel in the Moonlight Kin series, Moonlight Kin 5: Lucien. In addition to these titles, I’m also writing young adult under another name. I’ll be writing and releasing four titles for that, which will bring my goal for next year to a whopping eight releases. I have a lot more books planned on both fronts. I just have to get better at managing my time and writing schedule.
Other new things in the pipeline will be having my website completely re-designed. It’s been the same for years, so it’s definitely time. I hope you all have a very Happy New Year and may 2015 treat you kindly.