After the presents are opened and the wrapping paper is disposed of, while my ever-maturing family begins the task of setting up whatever new technology they got for Christmas, I find myself filled with a strange sense of calm.
Perhaps it’s just the calm before the tax-preparation storm. (If you’re self-employed, you know this yearly hell, one I vow every year, I keep better records for, and every year, I fail)
Maybe it’s the last relief that the year is finally over.
It’s been a long one.
For many, 2018 has brought a lot of travesty and torment, stress and frustration, and loss and pain. I am no different. It has been a trying year for me.
I didn’t create a lot of new books this year. A lot of that was because I was trying to get everything settled, get all my ducks in a row with my marketing and back-list sales.
And a lot of it had to do with me not feeling like I had any good stories left in me.
I hadn’t felt that buzz of excitement to write in over a year. I focused everything I had on what I’d already done, I hadn’t considered what I would do next.
And that’s the thing about always looking back. Yes, we can learn from our mistakes, we can grow as individuals. Make better choices.
But if all we do is look back, we forget to see that there’s a future in front of us too.
I kind of forgot that.
Now, though, at the end, I’m looking forward to moving on. I have several secret projects in the works for next year. (And yes, I’m superstitious, and I don’t want to talk about them, until I get more details locked in.)
I’m also planning on reading more. Reading has always refilled my creative well, but I have done so little of it in the last couple of years, it’s time that I get back into reading more. I’ve been posting book recommendations on BookBub, if you’re interested to follow me there, and you can see what I’ve been reading. It’s not much yet, but I’m hoping to make it a weekly feature.
Insert Book Plug here
And I would be a bad writer, if I didn’t remind you about the $0.99 ebook sale, with me and a bunch of amazing USA Today and NY Times bestselling authors. Click here to go to the sale, because you gotta fill your new ebook reader, right?
Book Plug Over
And I thank you!
For all your love, support, and kind words over the last year, I truly appreciate it! I couldn’t do what I do without you.
Without you I am nothing!
I hope your holiday has been filled with all the good things you love and needed this season, and may your future be Merry and Bright!