😳 I was just feeding the dogs when my subconscious yelled, “Oh My God, It’s Wednesday!” Yeah. I’d forgotten to set this post up. Therefore, it’s late. Sorry! Mea culpa. Which leads me into the topic quite nicely, actually.
Since it’s end of the year, my subconscious has been looking back over the last 12 months, thinking and evaluating and indulging in its usual self-flagellation and back-patting approval. One I can’t help—I was born a self-castigator. The other I have had to be taught. Maybe it’s that raised-with-Christian-guilt thing, I dunno, but seeing the good in myself and my world was not easy when I was younger. It’s a lot easier now that I have put in a few miles walking in my own shoes. I’ve gained a more yin-yang acceptance of light and dark, good and bad, and maybe, a few times in my life, even
found a moment of Zen. (How’s that for a world view of religion/philosophy?)
So, I thought I’d share (in no particular order) some of the good things in this world of writing. Maybe some of the bad will creep in too. It usually does with me. That whole yin-yang thing, dontcha know. Anyway, things I’m happy with and about:
I am loving the look of the website. MagicalWords looks great. The search feature is easier to use, and the page is pretty! And—oops. I’d volunteered to handle the bio page and, um, I haven’t. Dang. Sigh… See? I still have a hard time seeing only the good. But I’m working on it.
Christina Stiles and I are just about (FINALLY) ready to launch the Kickstarter project for the Rogue Mage Role Playing Game and World Book. This project has been over four years in the making. Wow. It is nearly ready!
This year I hired a PR person, and am seeing some positive things coming from that. It’s still too soon to evaluate how successful it has been, but we’ll know in a couple of months, and I am feeling good about it.
My own website is undergoing a facelift. It should be ready to launch when the new book—Raven Cursed—comes out on Jan 3. Oh, yeah. The career. I think it’s really starting to pick up speed. That is a huge one! Cat Tales has pretty respectable numbers at Amazon, even though it was only available in the US at first. It’s now been released to Canada and has been picked up by a small press to launch to other English speaking countries. Interesting way that worked out, and I didn’t even
get my panties twisted about it all!
I attended some great Cons and got to meet old fans and make new ones. I got to visit with my pals too, and that is always huge! Writers live in such a vacuum that it’s hard to keep up with everyone—you know—both the people in inside my head and outside in the real world.
I wrote two books, a novella, and a short. I didn’t meet my resolutions, but I’m happy about it all. My health is not bad, and I am beginning to get over the effects of a bad fall back before Thanksgiving. It’s all good. Yeah. It really is!
Look at that. Not much of the bad things. Maybe I’ve grown some after all. It’s been a good year. If you want to list some of the good things that have happened to you, or that you accomplished, please do! Even when life is hard, there *some* good things.