Last year was more about crafts and family, then about writing. This little girl in my arms, Victoria Bagley, was born premature last year. I first met her on Christmas Eve.
This year I saw her for a few minutes when her family came to make sure I was well after a bout of diverticulitis. She is so big and strong. She was tired and just a little cranky because it was past her bedtime.
I know that I get that way around 9 p.m. No more late nights for me.
I had big plans last year for writing. In my goals I wanted to complete four books. It was a very ambitious goal and I didn’t make it this year.
I had some black months where I was afraid that I would be on dialysis. This kind of did a number on my writing, so I went for some help. I got into a group with the VA that talked about various skills for relieving pain and emotional distress. It was helpful and while I was re-learning how to meditate, my creativity began to knock on the door again.
This creativity actually went to crafting instead of writing. I have to apologize to my friend, Doris Mace, because she looks forward to my new stories. This meant that I wrapped plastic candy canes and tree ball ornaments in homespun. I made a homespun garland and fabric stars. The crafts gave me a push to start writing again.
What I did complete last year was a revised and update “Hero of Corsindor,” which will be released on January 4, 2019.
This novel was the first one I had ever written so it really did need to be revised. Since I wrote this one, I have become more proficient in both description and story.
Illness has been a big thing this year again. I ended up in the hospital for diverticulitis. Apparently it was a bad infection and I was given some strong general antibiotics. I’m also recovering from the antibiotics.
So as I reflected on this year, I decided to be a little more practical. I am over halfway done with “Unlicensed Sorceress,” which is my next goal to get done for the year.
Then I want to work on Xandra Peel, an ogre-human hybrid in a post-crash world.
I will finish a couple of shorter novel/stories for publication. One is Dussel and Ariel and another is in the Green Knight Terraforming World.
My other goal is to write every day. I want to write at least 500 words a day at the very least.
I have said this before, but writing keeps me stable and drains my brain swamp. I used to have night terrors and vivid dreams. I would wake sweaty and shaking. My heartbeat going 100 mph. When I write, the dreams recede into the mists.
If you wonder where I get my ideas, other writers have muses and wells where they get theirs. Mine are contained in a swamp that has a warning sign, “Here be Dragons.”
If you have enjoyed any of my writings, please review my books. I would be even more joyful if you bought a few.
Thank you for coming to my Shadowland. I’d show you around, but I need to do some more swamp draining.