The ground is covered in snow and I swear I can hear the bunnies beneath the porch snoozing the winter away.
We are already halfway through December, and I cannot believe how fast this year has flown by. I’ve spent a lot of the year with my fingers on the keys of my little Freewrite putting words on the e-ink screen.
This year has been a productive one for me, with a lot of changes I have done in my personal and professional life to try to facilitate making the best use of my time, not only for myself, but for my family, as well.
As I think about what all has happened in the past year, and the crazy ride my author side and my radio side have been taking, I find myself a little bit shocked that I have done what I have.
Just before the first of January, 2017, I began writing “Voices Carry,” the second book in the Takiq Cycle and the sequel to “Silent Steps.” I put the final words into that titan at the beginning of March.
I could not believe how fast the words came out and how much of the story transformed as it went. Writing it took a fair bit out of me, but I was happy with it overall.
Normally, I set a book I have written aside for a few weeks before doing any kind of editing on it, because it gives my mind a chance to step away from it and come back to it with fresh eyes and a better perspective. I thought I would do a couple of quick projects before diving in to the edits on that particular book.
I put my concentration into my radio shows for a while, and, I believe, the change of pace did me some good. It was only a matter of a couple of weeks before I got the writing bug again, coming up with the idea of writing “Haunted: Finding an Explanation for the Unknown.”
Now, bear in mind, it was during that particular part of the year I started to get really sick, and it was only the beginning of a cycle of illness that kept coming throughout the first half of the year. I went through the flu, a cold, a sinus infection and stomach flu one after the other.
With all of that going on, it became difficult to do the radio shows, because a lot of my energy was simply sapped away.
So, I decided to concentrate on writing to get me through.
After “Haunted” was completed, I thought I should get to editing “Voices Carry.” However, before getting a chance to do it, another book idea struck me, and it was one I just could not resist doing.
That book became “Penitence,” and I have to be honest, it was exceedingly difficulty to write.
Not because of the verbiage used in the book or any plot concerns, though. It was difficult because a lot of stress on our family was happening and I had to spend a lot of time and energy concentrating on getting things resolved.
“Penitence” ended up taking me far longer to write than I would have liked, and, frankly, took me to some dark places in my mind to get the right tone of the story going.
By the time it was done, I felt I could do nothing else for a while. I needed time to recoup.
Well, that lasted all of a week before I felt the craving to write again.
“The Eternals Game” was the result of that craving.
The timing was good for me to try to fit it into NaNoWriMo this year, so I decided to participate in it for the first time. The outline for the book was monstrous, taking up over 17000 words (a fairly large short story in and of itself!), but that gave me a chance to write the book very quickly.
I put the final words into “The Eternals Game” within 21 days of starting it, and I am really happy with the results of it. It was a story I have had in the back of my mind for an exceedingly long time, and it’s good to have finally gotten it out on the page.
As you can see, it’s been quite a productive year for me.
During this period of time, I decided, as well, to cut the amount of time I do radio shows down by a couple of days, simply because of the amount of time both writing and radio takes up. It’s difficult to give full creativity to two different creative processes at the same time, and, though I adore doing my radio shows, I also want my dream of being a successful author to be a reality, and that is where I decided to focus.
It was also during this year I did a lot of freelance work. I ended up ghostwriting 3 books for other people this year, as well as many articles for the web and other things along those lines.
I think I also came up with 12 different short stories and flash fiction writings, too, all of which you can find on my website for free.
Will next year be just as creative? We’ll see. I know in the first months of the year, both “Voices Carry” and “The Eternals Game” will be published (my publishers are amazing!) and I am already putting the skeleton together for my next book.
I’m just glad my family loves to support my insanity!