Well, it’s not like I’ve been posting much anyway but this is my last post for the year. It may not seem like I enjoy writing here, but that’s not true. I just don’t feel qualified to dispense writing advice, and I don’t think anyone cares to read about my cats or whatever other silliness passes for a blog post. So, I don’t write much here. Anyway, let’s round up 2015.
A great year for my writing. Yes, that’s a sentence fragment, so maybe not a great year for grammatical writing. In any case, I was hoping to amp up my production this year and I certainly did. I got over 400,000 words written this year, so a little better than 1,000 words per day. I published three novels and just fell short of the fourth one (will be out in early January). Yippee! And I didn’t quit my day job either!
Now that the Ulfrik Ormsson’s Saga is completed, I’ve seen an overall improvement in sales of all books in the series. I think a lot of people are like me, and prefer to wait for a series to be completed before diving in. Fortunately not everyone is that way. So thanks to those who helped support it while it was in development. I’m pleased that so many people seem to have enjoyed the books. Of course, not everyone has but then again no book is for everyone. I see plenty of classics and mega-bestsellers with 1 or 2 star ratings. So I’m in fine company.
As for reading, I did the Goodreads Reading Challenge again this year. I usually take the total from the prior year and add 10%, which resulted in my 2015 goal being 100 books. I was behind for most of the year, but a bunch of short reads helped pull me over the finish line.
I have to say I didn’t have many disappointments in my reading this year. This year continued my worshipful appreciation of all of Jim Butcher’s writing. In addition to finishing the Dresden Files, I finished his Codex Alera series. It was a stereotypical fantasy in a lot of ways (no real “dark lord” per se, though) but was just thoroughly great. Shows what a master can do with old ideas. Haven’t started on his new series — yet.
Michael J. Sullivan’s Riyria series blew me away. Just such awesome characters! Larry Corriea rocked my world again with his Hard Magic series. This year’s surprise author for me was Peter Clines. I loved both his weird fiction series and his superheroes/zombie mashup series. I immediately elevated him to favorite author status. Guess I’ll just be reading anything he produces.
There were lots of other great reads too. Bernard Cornwell, THE UNDISPUTED HEAVY-WEIGHT CHAMPION of historical fiction, can’t be omitted. Pierce Brown has me hooked on his Red Rising series. There was this book called The Martian that became a movie or something? And the heavy-hitter, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. I’m finally getting to it at the very end of this year.
So that’s the year. In 2016 I’ll be flying off in new directions. I’ll get things kicked off in January with a fantasy series that I’ve been mentioning ad nauseum in newsletters and blog posts. After that, it’s wherever the winds of fate take me.
I hope everyone has a happy and safe New Year’s Eve. Good luck and well wishes for 2016!