2015 in review & New Year’s writing goals – what are yours?

WordPress offers all its users a handy dandy annual report with the year’s blog stats – I was amazed to find my blog has had around 9000 views this year – wow!

This prompted me to think of not only a round up of last year (132 blog posts), but a quick review of where I’m at right now and what my writing plans are for this coming year.

  1. Get the next book finished! I published The World and the Stars anthology last year, which included one short story from me along with 23 other stories by awesome authors, and was, interestingly enough (data from the handy dandy… you get the idea) the most viewed posting of my year. I also published a Caledonian Sprite short story, but no novel. That’s largely because, well, the next novel is LARGE. It was destined to be even larger than it will be, but I extracted 2 of the story threads and they will now form the basis of a separate novella. Over the holiday period I’ve succeeded in writing around 4 chapters, including the climax scenes (one action, one emotional) and now I only have to finish a few small linking pieces and the wrap up – yay!  Currently I have 150K words; I’m reckoning that will probably be about the end result after adding the other bits and then editing.
  2. Edit the book – that’s going to include some beta reading, so if any of you would like to read it in its not-yet-polished condition, please let me know. I’m particularly interested in how it stands up to being read alone, if you haven’t read the first book.
  3. Get the cover designed, put it all together, and publish 😀
  4. Keep more control of my writing time, and not be so distracted by other stuff. Not so easy when that ‘other stuff’ includes keeping up this blog (and the reviews I like to do for other authors), keeping up with other people’s blogs, and marketing. Oh for 48 hour days…

Back to reality on Thursday – I’m still in the Highlands just now, and here’s a pretty picture from New Year’s Day

View from behind out house - the white patch between the trees isn't cloud, its mountain!

View from behind out house – the white patch between the trees isn’t cloud, its mountain!

And for the nosey amongst us, you can see my blog stats below 😉

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 8,900 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

What are your writing goals for the new year? I’d love to hear…

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