2015 was a good year in some ways, and not so good in others. You know, like most years. I finally saw the fruit of months of hard work, releasing five lengthy episodes in Ash & Flame‘s debut season. And in case you missed it, the omnibus edition of that season just came out!
2015 also saw the re-release of Fairly Wicked Tales, a fun anthology with new twists on Grimm’s Fairy Tales. You can read my own short story within the collection’s dire contents, A Blue Light Turned Black. A great book, and I highly recommend it. Every story is worth it.
That was the good. The bad? Well, let’s see:
I wrote a lot of words last year. Around 140,000 of them. But the only ones anyone saw were the ones related to Ash & Flame, which was a little disappointing. I had planned on releasing at least one full-length novel, and that didn’t happen. As it turns out, I bounced around too much, too many projects catching my eye. I worked on three separate novels during 2015, and while I finished first drafts on two of them, they are still pending revisions.
The releases of Ash & Flame were too slow. It didn’t matter how well it all came together at the end, or how well the finished product of each episode turned out, the release dates for each episode were too spread out. As soon as someone finished an episode, they’d look for the next, only to find out that it wouldn’t be out for at least a month. Too slow. Lesson learned.
Now comes the hard part: I need to build upon the framework I constructed over the past couple of years. What I’ve accomplished is great, and I’m proud of it, but I’m not where I want to be.
I’ve got a lot in the works, and I’ll be spending much of my January figuring out my writing priorities. I know what I’ll be working on, and I’ve committed myself to sticking to them this year. Finished projects are my goal.
That said, I have a couple of projects that will take much of this year’s focus, and I’m super excited about both of them.
I don’t want to spoil too much, but I have been working on a particular Norse-inspired fantasy series for the better part of two years. This will see the bulk of my focus, because it’s big. Very big. Three books in the pipeline, at least, with two largely written.
The other is a novel with a definite Wild West vibe. The story centers on two demon hunters: one a young girl with untapped potential and a dangerous secret, and her older mentor, a grizzled vet who’s running out of time.
I did want to also mention the possibility of a second season of Ash & Flame. I’ve added this to my schedule, but of course it will depend on the response to Season One. I think most who have read it have liked it, so this remains a very real possibility. Keep your ears open on this one.
The website should start seeing more frequent updates, and I’ll be working to keep up with my newsletters, as I know I’ve been a bit late with that. I’d like to also get some book and movie reviews up here on a more frequent basis.
I hope you’ll stick with me, and thanks for reading!