Looking back at 2015


The last week of 2015 began yesterday. Hard to believe, isn’t it? To me, it feels like 2015 just started. But what a busy year this has been! Wow! If you’d have told me at this time last year what was going to take place during 2015, I think I would have gone into hiding.

It’s been a great year, and I’m thankful for every minute. But let me tell you, starting a business hasn’t been simple. Starting two businesses has been even less simple and far more stressful than I anticipated. But my family and my friends have been super supportive, and I’m more determined than ever to keep pressing forward with freelancing and novel writing.

One thing I know I haven’t done enough of is looking back and celebrating the milestones. So much has happened in 2015 that’s worth celebrating, so I just want to take a moment today and do that.

Before I get too deep into this, there are two sets of people I really want to thank. The first are my Patreon supporters. I wasn’t really sure how it was going to work, but for those of you who support me on Patreon (Katie, Jill, Mom & Dad, Grandma & Grandpa, and Robin & Jon), just know you’re such a huge encouragement to me. And what you give monthly is helping to pay for the website domains and other expenses so that I can keep blogging on a regular basis both here and at AlwaysPeachy.com. I can’t thank you enough.

kaGh5_patreon_name_and_messageIf anyone else wants to help support my blogging habit, hop over to Patreon and check them out. It’s an awesome program.

The second group are the folks who’ve purchased my books. Whether it was a devotional book or a fiction book, you guys don’t know what an encouragement that is to me. I can’t even begin to thank you. The difficulty with writing for a living is that if people don’t like what you write, you won’t sell anything. That was a major fear I faced going into this type of work, but I’m working on overcoming that fear–and you guys are helping. So thank you!

What happened in 2015?

On February 9, I left my comfortable, well-paying job to work for myself. The Lord has been gracious enough to keep sending work my way, although it seems to be tapering off quite a bit (so if anyone needs writing done, shoot me an email and we’ll talk!). It’s been a wild ride so far, and I’ve gotten to do so much more than I expected.

Nameless

Nameless

In December last year, my first novel was published–Nameless: The Destiny Trilogy Part One.

In the February following, I released a romantic comedy, Finding Fireflies

Finding Fireflies

Finding Fireflies

They’ve both done well. Not well enough to support me yet, but pretty good nonetheless. I’d always wanted to see a book published with my name on it, and there are times when it still doesn’t feel quite real.

NAMESAKE: The Destiny Trilogy Part Two

NAMESAKE: The Destiny Trilogy Part Two

At the beginning of this month, we released the sequel to NamelessNamesake: The Destiny Trilogy Part Two. So far, people have had very strong reactions to it, which I expected. And while some folks have said some pretty hurtful things, it’s not bothering me.

If nothing else, I can say the sequel takes the story to another level instead of playing it safe.

Currently, I’m neck deep in revisions for my next release, a young adult epic urban fantasy series that I’ve been working on since I was 11 years old. Me and my publisher pals at Crosshair Press feel certain that everyone is going to adore the Legends of the Lightkeepers series, so be looking for more announcements about it after the first of the year.

This year, I’ve done tons of writing for blogs and magazines and newspapers and marketing groups. I’ve written short stories and flash fiction. I’ve spoken at a few book events. And I’ve traveled all over the place.

Katie, me, and Dad soaked from our Scottish hike

Katie, me, and Dad soaked from our Scottish hike

I got to go back to England and hiked up a Scottish mountain in the rain. That was an amazing adventure. We stayed in a cabin in the highlands, and drove around in Katie’s little Peugeot I named Pierre. We bummed around London too and saw awesome things. We STILL didn’t have tea, but that’s okay.

Amy Davis and Me at Realm Makers 2015

Amy Davis and Me at Realm Makers 2015

I got to go to Realm Makers with my good buddy and fellow publishing pal, Amy Davis, and then I got to hang out with her and her beautiful family about a month later.

And beside all of that, my parents and I managed to get a bunch of work done on the farm. Dad and I cleared out all the rest of the underbrush in the orchard and trimmed the trees in the front yard. We had all the north-facing windows replaced and even got new portable A/C units for the second level. Good old Safe Haven Farm is looking better than ever, and it’s ready to weather the winter months now.

Me and Amy and Andy

Me and Amy and Andy at Grandma’s House Christmas Day

The holidays have been great fun, spending time with family and friends. My best friend from England is finally home again, getting settled and used to the Central time zone again. We had the blessing this year to add a new friend to our family gatherings, my brother’s girlfriend, who is also named Amy (yes, it’s confusing).

What’s coming in 2016?

It’s good to remember everything that’s happened in a year, and it’s also good to look forward to what’s coming. That post will be up on Thursday, so I hope you can swing back by to hear about all the awesome that’s planned for 2016!

So as 2015 comes to a close this week, I just have to look back and be thankful. What an amazing year it’s been! And I can’t wait to see what next year is going to bring. Thanks to all you readers and may your New Year be bright!

Blessings!


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