Christmas has come and gone once again, and New Year’s is just around the corner. As another year draws rapidly to a close it seems like a good time to look back and take stock of the year that was, as relates to me and what I’ve been up to.
Whenever I start to get down on myself thinking much of 2015 was a write-off (no pun intended), I’m forced to remember that just because I haven’t had anything new appear in print over the last several months, it’s still been a pretty wonderful year.
It started way back in January with the release of Twice Upon a Time: Fairy Tale, Folklore & Myth, Re-Imagined & Remastered. This massive tome of reworked classics introduced me to Joshua at the Bearded Scribe Press, and gave me an opportunity to write something really enjoyable and (hopefully) entertaining. The latest news on TUAT is early talks of pitching the stories as a television series. It’s extremely early, and a zillion things can happen to derail such a project, but it’s still very cool to think of something I created as being good enough to be considered for that sort of project.
Then there was Blight Digest, and one of my first experiments into atmospheric horror. The setting, more so than the characters, drove this little story along, and I was happy to see it come to life on Blight’s pages.
Next it was on to Enter at your Own Risk: Dreamscapes into Darkness from Firbolg Publishing. What an enjoyable experience it was working with these fine folks. This was, coincidentally, the piece that secured my acceptance into the Horror Writers’ Association.
Not long after that was the artists’ residency, documented in earlier posts here. I really had a great time doing this project, which brought me up to Labor Day and the end of summer. During this time I wrote The Beast of Wunderland, which I’m currently searching for a home for. It’s not an easy piece to label, which makes it tricky to place. But I’m proud of it, and hope to find the right home for it soon.
Scattered throughout all of these things has been the ongoing saga of writing my novel, currently under the working title The Shadow Realm. It has become a long and time-consuming endeavor, partly due to the enormity of writing a novel and partly due to my extreme lack of organizational skills. But it’s coming together, slowly but surely, as I see the characters coming to life on the pages before me and interacting with each other in cool and unexpected ways.
This past week I signed the contract for Twisted Tails IX: Wunderkind. This marks my third entry into the Twisted Tails series, a legacy of which I’m proud and thrilled. I’ve shared pages with some wonderful writers and, perhaps most importantly, made some good friends along the way as a result.
Oh, and, you know, I got engaged this year too. That was kind of huge. So whatever gaps there were in the writing schedule were amply filled with family stuff. I’ll leave it to my better half to fill you in on her massively packed schedule and how I fit into all of that, but suffice to say I haven’t been bored very often in 2015.
So overall it’s been a pretty busy and productive year, even if sometimes it feels like I’m stagnating simply because I’m not sending out dozens of submissions to various and sundry places. I try to remember this whenever it seems like I’m spinning my tires or slipping off whatever radar I may have been on previously. This writing thing is an ongoing cycle of ebbs and flows, not a screaming drag race at breakneck speed with nary a pause or rest stop.
Here’s hoping for a safe, happy and productive 2016 for all my family, friends and fellow writers. Thanks for all the love, support and encouragement along the way.
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