I hope everyone is enjoying a happy and safe new year. I'm skipping resolutions and themes for 2016 and just going with the flow. The flow has been pretty good to me over the last year.
I do have a couple of ideas I might test-drive on PBW over the next few months, and most are related to the work, blogging, journaling and various other creative ventures. One secret project is also in the works. That said, I'm also booking my work schedule into summer now, and I know I'm going to be busy, so there may not be time to experiment much.
I am planning to continue a couple of the newer features on the blog: Just Write, Book of the Month, and reviews of any ARCs I happen to receive from LT Early Reviewers. As always I'll also hunt for free writer resources and post any interesting sub ops I find out there. No doubt I'll make you look at lots of quilting and recycling projects, too.
I know I haven't been writing as many humor posts as I have in years past. It's not because I've lost my sense of humor; it's more that I've been much happier. Humor has always been my response to anything negative or hateful. Not to gloat, but for once things in my pro and personal life are going exceptionally well, and I'm writing better than ever. I'm sure I'll find something to joke about in 2016, but expect my focus to be more on creativity, productivity, books, and all things writing.
On the indy publishing front, over the winter I was planning to begin writing Her Majesty's Deathmage. I even went so far as to commission the cover artwork and design. As luck would have it just as I was about to start on the book I got a series job offer from a fabulous client.
I admit, I was kind of relieved to put aside HMD so I could focus on the ghost writing. I'm still pretty nervous about going back to byline work, plus the clients pay my bills, and there are always plenty of those. The decision resulted in another offer for more new work, so it turned out to be for the best. I'm still not very savvy about indy publishing for profit, either, and have to do a lot more research to learn how to do it, find the best options, etc. At present I can't tell you exactly when I'll get to HMD, but eventually I will, and (unless a whole pile of fabulous jobs fall in my lap) I'm planning to indy publish it this year. Readers, I thank you for your patience and understanding.
Is there anything you'd like to see on PBW in 2016? Let me know in comments.
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