Saturday, December 26, 2015

2015: A year of firsts...

Wow. I can't believe a whole year went by and I didn't post a single blog...here. It isn't that I stopped expressing myself through writing, but rather that I redirected my energies elsewhere and wrote even more. Just—not here. I will share what I have been writing, but first...HAPPY NEW YEAR!

2015 has been a year of firsts. Starting with my youngest daughter giving birth to her first child; a girl. She is stunningly beautiful and a joyful addition to the family. On a humorous note, her arrival also proved a point. My daughter had repeatedly stated that she was NOT going to give birth on a holiday because that's so unfair to the child. I kept reminding her to be careful because the universe doesn't recognize the word "not" because it's a negative and if she keeps saying that, she'll have a holiday baby. Well, guess what? Our little bundle of joy arrived on Valentine's Day.

Yes, I secretly chuckled to myself...

In the Spring, I participated in some online classes, another first, all pertaining to advancing my writing skills. One class turned out to be a waste of time and money, but the other was, and still is, an invaluable resource for information and contacts.

Armed with new skills and brimming with inspiration, I marched into Summer with a goal: write and publish my first fiction novel before Christmas. I'm pleased to report that I not only achieved that goal, but I wrote TWO fiction novels, and laid out the framework for a third on index cards.

Novella-length "Days of Chaos" can be found here:  Days of Chaos

Full-length "Dust of Earth" is currently with my editor at Silver Jay Editing.

I expect to release "Dust of Earth" by Valentine's Day, 2016. At least, that's my goal. And, as long as I'm sharing links, if you'd like to follow the progress of the "Quest of the Guardians" series of books, my new blog is here.

And, there's even a sign-up list so you can receive new book release notifications. Just click here.

Needless to say, all of these links represent a whole series of additional "firsts." First author's page, first professional editor, first subscriber list, and even my first time learning how to do all this stuff. I can say without hesitation that I enjoy writing much more than figuring out how to do this online marketing and promotion stuff. I miss the good old days when you put ads in newspapers and magazines and handed out business cards to anyone willing to take one. It was so much simpler. One of my goals for 2016 is to hire someone to do all this for me, which will be another first.

Oh, I have one more literary first...I hired a webmaster to build a website for the Quest of the Guardians series. It isn't available for viewing yet, but when it is, you will be able to find it at: Quest of the Guardians.

But my list of firsts doesn't end there. 2015 is also the year I took legal action against someone else for the first time. I never thought I would see the day that I would take that step. I'm just too forgiving and tolerant of other people's foibles. But this time, the damage done to me was so big, so wrong, and so unjustified, that I just couldn't walk away. You see, I was disabled by domestic violence nearly a decade ago and, too stubborn to apply for disability because I prefer to think of myself as inconvenienced, not disabled, I've been struggling to support myself ever since. But, on Dec. 2nd, members of management violated my rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act so forcefully that only a fool would have not responded with legal action. I'm getting my job back, but it isn't over yet, so I'll just leave it at that and say no more on the subject.

Overall, 2015 was an eventful year in which I learned a lot, grew a lot, and clarified for myself what direction I want to go from here. I have been writing since I was nine years old. Writing is a compulsion. There has never been a time in my life when I wasn't writing something. Whether it was poetry, letters, legalese, or articles about horses. Writing fiction has always burned in the back of my mind as something I want to do "someday." Well, someday has finally arrived. Quest of the Guardians is already a complete series in my head and soon to follow will be "210 Marsh Street."

But, one series at a time...

Meanwhile, I hope all of you had a great year and that 2016 will be even better!