It is my habit to begin every year by looking back over the previous year and reflecting on the things I learned. Often, I am shocked at how much happened and how much I managed to accomplish. In many ways, 2105 was a great year. I traveled a LOT and met so many cool people, and I learned quite a bit about myself and what I want from my writing career. It was also a year of transformation and transition. I spent a lot of time feeling like I was spinning my wheels professionally, but I’m starting to feel myself gain some traction again. Hopefully that will be the trend of 2016–forward motion toward things that make me happy and fulfilled and leaving behind the things that don’t matter. Regardless, I am thankful for the lessons I’ve learned, the people I’ve met and the ones I’ve come to know better, and for the chance to continue on this crazy journey.
Grand Cayman (twice)
Hilton Head, SC
Stories completed: 4 (2 short stories, 1 novella, 1 novel draft)
Speaking Engagements (keynotes, cons, panels): 6
Other: Dirty Magic and Cursed Moon optioned for TV
Personal Stats/Fun 2015 Facts:
-Renovated my house
-Became the mom of a teenager
-Took SCUBA diving lessons
-Completed two terms of grad school
-Worked with the Pixel Project campaign to end violence against women
But what about my plans for 2016? Well, I know I’ll be traveling and teaching and writing. I’ve got two projects lined up for release in the next month or so. The Urban Allies anthology will come out this July. There’s a novel that I want to write that will require a lot of research and a trip to an exotic land. There’s another novel that is trying really hard to lure me into yet another genre. There are short stories for Kate Prospero and Sabina Kane to be written. I also will graduate from grad school in June. Once that happens, I intend to celebrate and give myself a much-needed break from trying to conquer the world. Will this finally be the year I learn to relax? Stay tuned.