The Solstice has been celebrated by humanity for millennia, and when it visits Earth again on the 22nd, I'll be celebrating too. I'll officially be on holidays! The laptop will be packed away and you'll find me in the hammock, with a tea or wine in one hand and a book in the other, for a good chunk of the Australian summer.
Come the solstice, I'm taking a break!
I'm fairly satisfied with my achievements for 2018. For one thing I managed to publish two books, which is two more than last year. Though, if I'm being honest, I have suffered a little from the old 'comparitonitis'. Those authors churning out a book a month remain a constant source of awe and terror for me. My only comfort lies in telling myself they mustn't be writing two hundred thousand word epics! (Please don't tell me if they are!)
In February, I published Dragonshade (a 230,000 word epic), and later entered it into the Self-Published Fantasy Blog Off – while it was eliminated from the competition, Dragonshade received an honourable mention by Adam Weller at Fantasy Book Review. Which tickled this author pink.
This month I published The Pharaoh's Mistress, the third instalment to my vampire mystery trilogy. With its release I finally completed a series – something I've been dreaming about for years, and the champagne was popped! The smart authors out there do 'quick releases' these days, publishing every book in a series within a month of each other. I'm just not that smart (or efficient), but I'm learning, and I'm looking forward to completing a certain other series next year.
2018 has been a good year. I've had my ups and downs, my inspired moments and writing blocks, good reviews and a few one stars. I'm learning it's all part of the journey that is writing and publishing, and I'm looking forward to learning more lessons next year.
See you in January.