A Year in Review

With only a few remaining hours I can confidently state that 2021 was a year of a great many things. Some of them have been good, some of them bad and some of them have been spectacularly stupid. On a personal level, it’s mostly been good mixed with stupid and while the stupid has been infuriating, I know I’ve been incredibly lucky.

On the writing front, though, it’s been a spectacular year. With two books published, a third due out next month, three more in varying stages of drafting and plans laid for the last book in the series, plus one entirely new short story… I think I may have overachieved!

So what will 2022 bring?

Well, first up will be finishing the publication process for Gresley by getting her available in eBook stores not named after a large river in Brazil. There’ll also be a bit of housekeeping on the site.

The first fiction of the year will be a piece for Friday Fiction. I’m in the planning stages for that right now and I’m aiming to post on the 14th (all things being well).

Valkyrie now has an actual date for release of 18th January, so there’ll be pre-order links going up in the next week-ten days for the eBook. As with Sekhmet, there won’t be a pre-order option for the paperback, but as soon as the pb links are live, I’ll share them.

Cambiante’s first draft is just about done. There’s a few rough patches that need smoothing and a climax I currently hate (this is normal for me; I think Sekhmet’s climax got five rewrites and Valkyrie’s has had three, so far…!) but the overwhelming bulk is written. Next comes editing (probably starting in late January or early February) and cover design (February, probably) all with a view to publishing in April.

Mistika is the third book I’m hoping to get released this year (though much, MUCH later in the year!) and that will be the project I start work on next. In theory, I have about a third of it already written, but a good chunk of that needs revamping so I’m probably going to start over with a completely clean draft and just lift the bits I want to keep. My target with this is to be finished with the first draft around about the end of April with a view to publishing in August/September if everything goes well.

Once Mistika is a complete first draft, I will pick up with Sage and get that to completed first draft status as well. I’m not currently planning for Sage to be published in 2022, but that may change, depending on how other things go. That will then leave me the back half of the year for working on the final book (for now) in the series. That definitely won’t be done in 2022 but it would be nice to have a completed first draft by this time next year!

And between all of that there’ll be more short fiction, Music Monday posts, some reviews and some other fun stuff along the way.

Happy New Year to you – and happy reading!

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