2015 was the year of lessons for me. I learned that putting myself out there is scary. I learned that people can be cruel without even knowing it and that the times you feel so lost and empty can be the most helpful moments. Those moments are time to reflect and to direct my life where I want it to go.
I published two works: Choking Cupid in Feb. and Playing House is Sept. and was published in a book of poetry called Light Lines. Overall, I’d call 2015 a successful year.
I now face 2016 with a resolve to push myself further with my writing. I already have some amazing things lined up and I’m excited to see where it all takes me.
I’ve signed up to do my first signing in May. Runaway Road’s first draft will be done no later than Jan. 11th (eek!) and I’m working on a comic book with a dear friend who just happens to be an amazing artist and designer.
A few ideas of side stories to Playing House are in the process too. 😉
Goals for 2016:
- Make Marketing my beeyotch. I’m terrified of marketing. That was a surprise to me this past year. I’m scared of putting myself out there like I should. And that is what’s going to hurt me in the long run. It’s time for me to suck it up, grab Marketing my the shoulders and shake it until it works for me.
- Write EVERY DAY!!! This seems like a “duh” thing to say. But I’m terrible at it. I allow all the outside distractions keep me from being productive and that’s not going to get me anywhere.
- Stop comparing myself to others. This is something that needs to be practiced in my day to day life too, not just to writing. I’ve watched many indie authors publishing multiple works this past year while I sit on my one novel. I’m not them and they are not me. It doesn’t matter if they have more out. What matters is that I’m happy with my work when I’m happy with it. (BTW- I’m so proud of all of these authors! I follow and read most of their work and they are fantastic people) No matter my personal feelings, I need to remember that we all work at a different pace. We all have different lives that affect us so why am I getting mad with myself for only have one “real” book out? That’s dumb and I know this.
- On the other hand… I do need to be more diligent in completing works I’ve started (see #2) How else am I going to grow as a writer if I don’t write? One of the best compliments I’ve received was from my editor. She told me that she’s seen such improvement in my writing. I felt like I was 10 feet tall after that.
- Be happy. Another “duh” here; I need to be happier. Smile more, laugh often and just remember that life happens, stop being so hard on yourself. I’m extrememly blessed and I have accomplished some pretty kick ass things. Why stop now? Oh, I don’t plan too. But I need to remember those kick ass things when life gets me down. I think that’s something we can all agree on 🙂