Well, we’re already a month into 2020, so this blog is off to a terrific start in the new year. But I still wanted to get this post of reflection done.
Part of me believes I was an incredibly lazy year, but then I sit and really think about all that I accomplished during it. It was A LOT. So I’m not entirely sure why I feel I didn’t do enough. For one thing, I finally realized my dream of publishing a full-length novel. “Heritage Lost” went through its final edits. I formatted that sucker (both e-book and paperback) myself, and I hit publish on Dec. 6.
I also actually wrote more than I had in years, including almost 19K on “The Promise,” and reaching the halfway marker on both “Descent” (Heritage Lost Book 2) and my historical fiction novel. Periodically, I also wrote scenes as they came to mind — something I’m striving to do more often. One must strike while the iron is still hot.
I like to think I’m on more solid grounding as I enter 2020 and embark on the first leg of my ambitious five-year writing business plan. By the end of 2020, I hope to have “Descent” wrapped up for a Spring 2021 release; a companion Heritage Verse novel, featuring Akakios and his crew, largely done for a Fall 2021 release; and get the historical fiction novel ready for querying. I’m also whipping myself into gear to finish story No. 2 in The Augur’s Rose Series, which should be available by Fall 2020 — trouble is brewing and you can’t keep a good necromancer down. Ba-da-dump!
I’ve missed one of my rough timeline goals in my five-year plan by not wrapping up “Descent” at the end of January, but there is wiggle room allowed in my planning. I’m also very proud to have reached the 67K marker — so over halfway there. Here’s hoping that I will have it wrapped up by the end of February, especially since I’m starting to see my daily word counts grow again. Maybe not to the level of my high school days, but I work a full-time job so I need to cut myself slack. I give myself too little slack as it is.
With any luck, the blog will be more active in 2020, but I suggest not holding your breath. I’m certainly not holding mine.