Seems like just yesterday when I was farewelling 2012 and ushering in 2013. Now 2013 has sailed off into the sunset while 2014 is rapidly taking over.
What a year 2013 was. I feel like I’ve barely stopped to catch a breath. Work has been busy, but manageable and rewarding. I’ve managed to keep my job for another year (which always feels like an achievement) so there’ll be a roof over my head and food on the table for now.
This year has been especially memorable as I managed to fulfill one of my long-standing dreams by taking my family overseas. And we survived, and we’re still talking to each other, and we actually had a really great time. Maybe we’ll even do it again some time – who knows?
So onto the writing (what’s a post in Dag-Lit Central without some sort of reference, however obtuse). Given that my number one goal was to have another title out this year, I guess I didn’t quite make it. However, I don’t look at this year as a failure, writing-wise. In fact, I have to say I think it’s been a particularly successful one for a number of reasons:
- While I wasn’t able to get Neville #3 (Scrawling) out as I had hoped, it’s very close to being ready – just needs one more round of editing and a final proofread. I figure I’d rather take the time to get it right, rather than rush to meet an artificial deadline.
- I’ve made substantial progress on my detective thriller. Actually managed to get two complete rewrites done on it, and I’m very pleased with how it’s progressing. I think there’s a good chance it could be out in the next 12 months too.
- I signed a contract with Evolved Publishing to release my first picture book, Thomas and the Tiger Turtle. It should be out in May.
- I also signed with Booktrope to re-release Magnus Opum. Will keep you informed on a release date for that.
So all in all, a highly successful year I believe. Seems like lots of projects coming to fruition. Which means I need to find some new things to work on.
- I’m thinking about another social satire/fable type of thing like Flidderbugs – but maybe dinosaurs instead of insects this time (I’ve always loved dinosaurs).
- I also have my YA fantasy story thingy to progress. I finished a first draft back in 2012 so am ready to get back into it. It needs a lot of work.
So lots of stuff planned for this year. Hope your 2014 is a great one too.
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