Where do I even start with what this year was?
Through copious amounts of dark chocolate Cella’s and other weird vices, I somehow made it to the end of this year.
Went from writing outside in countries I’d only dreamed about visiting to a half hermit existence in West Virginia. I wish I can say it’s been fun, but I for sure could think of several other ‘f’ words that could sum up the experience better.
Anyhoo, I’m here and 2021 isn’t anymore, so I thought I’d do a bit of reflecting.
Before I finally crack open one of the white wines that have been chilling in my fridge for some time now.
When I think back on 2021, all the plans I had and how the pandemic interrupted all of them, I used to feel real bitter. Though after a year of returning to the US, I have to say that being Stateside as been GREAT for me as an indie author!
I’ve written more than expected, finished my first full novel, and I’ve gotten to do it with my fellow authors, who I now know are also my good friends. And I am so ready to square up with 2022!
Let’s take a proper look at what I’m most proud of from 2021:
This year I took part in my second anthology, March for Justice. And I wrote a pretty amazing story if I do say so myself – outside of the romance genre!
Though this anthology holds a special place in my heart, as it is the first one that I was in charge of putting together. It was a bumpy ride, with me being in Poland for the first half of the journey, but one that I am so thankful to have been able to see it through! So looking forward to doing it again (more about that later, lol).
Also, I released another short yet sweet collection of interracial romance stories with Sweet Seducing Sighs…Too!
Always a pleasure.
The Stories Station Podcast, the little podcast that I didn’t think I could and somehow totally did!
Over TWO DOZEN indie authors shared their stories with me this year, and I cannot thank them enough! And now that my skills and equipment have improved, I am so jazzed about hosting the podcast next year.
I even managed to give you sweet readers a short and heartwarming Christmas story!
Christmas Blessings is an excerpt/introduction to two new main characters, Tasha Daye and Jerome Grant Junior, and I hope that you all enjoy reading that story this (and every other one after) holiday season.
Which leads me to my diamond in the rough, the most beautiful surprise of this year – A Dove’s Cry! This novel here! Writing it was easy, but editing. . . Whoa!
I still love it though, even more so after going through the editing ringer. Also, the experience helped me decide what I want to focus more on for 2022, so I love it even more for that. Speaking of 2022 goals, why don’t I share those now?
MAGIX: Dulcet Duets was a given.
As for the others, I will let you all take a few guesses.
All I will say is that there are more than sequels involved!
Also, I plan on spending some time improving my editing skills, because after a rather embarrassing go of it with my new editor (and someone who clearly didn’t know what they were doing, besides trying to walk off with my hard earned money), I want to be able to offer line edit / copyediting services next year.
Again, 2021 was plenty of things, but for the most part, it was a learning experience.
And I look forward to seeing what 2022 has to offer.
Cheers to making it to another year everyone!