2015 is finally upon us! Seems to me like 2014 came and went in the blink of an eye, although in places it felt like it would drag on forever. The Christmas decorations are all down at Safe Haven Farm, and we are plunging ahead into the New Year with a sense of anticipation and eagerness. Lots to do and get done! Lots of potential ahead! It’s really exciting!
Most years I try to make a list of goals that I want to achieve, and I have done that for 2015. But I’m not at the point where it’s ready for public consumption yet. You’ll understand why when I let it out. But I can share some of what my plans are.
I need to continue promoting my debut novel, Nameless. Sales have been going really well thus far, but if I want to meet my sales goals, it really needs to stay consistent. And that won’t happen without effort on my part. I’m planning to do some book signings locally in the next few months, some events, maybe even some speaking if people will let me. I’d love to visit some book clubs too, so if you’ve got a book club interested in reading Nameless and would like to have me come for a visit, let me know!
A good friend of mine in Canada will be featuring me on her blog soon (as soon as I can get her interview questions answered!), and another writer friend is doing up a review as well.
Another major project I am currently working on is the release of my romantic comedy, Finding Fireflies. It’s in its final draft with a bunch of talented beta readers right now. Initial feedback is in, and it’s really positive and exciting. My publisher is trying something new this time around and offering an option to pre-order the book through Pubslush.com. I just did a fundraising campaign through them for my year-long devotional book, Being Always Peachy, and it worked great!
I also need to start working on the Nameless sequel, Namesake. The main draft is mostly done. I just have to go through it and tweak some things before I send it to my brilliant copyeditor. It’s longer than Nameless at this point and a lot more intense, and I don’t mind saying it’s got quite a cliffhanger at the end. That needs to start happening in March if I want to get it to the publisher in time for its release date toward the end of 2015.
But before I get to Namesake, my poor beleaguered brain needs a break, so I’ll probably spend February working on my long-standing epic urban fantasy series. No promises, but there’s a very good chance one of those might make it to print by the end of this year or the beginning of next. (And you thought I was excited about Nameless? If this actually happens, I might have to make a video of myself doing a happy dance and post it on Youtube.) The first installment in that massive series is ready for a content edit, just about. I’m currently trying to get book six in the series drafted right now, but it’s enormous.
Then, there’s something brand new happening for me in January. I have my first official speaking engagement at a local church in regards to my devotional book. I’m really, really excited (and nervous). But if it goes well, I may start trying to do more things like it. I’m also considering offering some writing workshops. Haven’t decided on frequency or any of that yet, but it’s certainly on the docket for consideration.
Other less specific goals for this year include reading. Lots and lots of reading. I’ve been falling down on that dreadfully, and I have giant stacks of books to get through.
I also want to write some flash fiction, especially the more I hang out at Flash! Friday. If you like writing flash fiction, seriously check out some of the awesome stuff they have going on.
Additionally, I’ve taken on the role of Arts & Entertainment guru at the Crosshair Press blog, so one Tuesday a month and nearly every Friday, you’ll be able to see a post from me about a movie or a television show or a book along with my opinions about it. This coming Tuesday is a post about Gracepoint vs. Broadchurch and which show I liked better!
I will also be continuing to update this blog on a regular basis with funny stories, photos, music, and other bits and pieces that make up my crazy, wonderful, beautiful Safe Haven Life.
That’s all I can really say at this point. There’s a lot happening and a lot of really exciting things coming. I can’t talk about it all yet, but maybe soon.
So Happy New Year, everyone! My best wishes for success in all your endeavors, and thank you so much for reading this crazy compilation of my ridiculous thoughts.