Good morning everyone!
Today is the last day of 2015, so let me be among the first to wish you all a Happy New Year! I hope all of your dreams and aspirations come true. 🙂
As we turn another page, I wanted to usher in the New Year with an update of what will be different and new in 2016.
I know, that statement has an ominous tone to it, but it’s actually pretty cool.
One thing that’s ending, and I’m sad to see it stop, is my Story A Day Challenge. It’s been an interesting and fun challenge to bring you different stories for each day. To be honest, it’s a challenge I never thought I’d complete. I was sure I’d make it to February before I ran out of story ideas. March at the absolute latest. Yet here we are. Only a few hours until my final story goes out.
This brought up an interesting question for me: Do I keep going or not?
Honestly, as much as I’d like to continue, I barely finished. While I did repeat certain themes over the last year, I think I did a pretty good job at keeping you guys on your toes when it came to plot twists and mind f—s (Sorry, but I love those twists!). I limped to the finishline idea wise, so looking toward 2016 I think it’s best if I end my challenge here. Maybe I’ll give it another go in a year or two. Who knows? What I do know is, I pulled off one helluva awesome task and I couldn’t be prouder. Thank you all for joining me. I hope you’ve all gotten as much enjoyment out of my Story A Day Challenge as I did.
Now onto my goals for 2016.
I want to continue the Poetry Corner and In the Books, so those aren’t going anywhere. I’m thinking of possible doing a flash fiction piece every Wednesday, but we’ll have to wait and see how that works.
Now for the big change.
I hope to have the final two books in the Sword and the Flame series out this year. Now, that’s not to say I won’t continue it at some point. It all depends on if my muse starts chirping in my ear again. I’m sure he will, as he doesn’t let things end without a fight. Lol
Another pair of series that’ll be coming to an end are my Eron the Great Epic Fantasy YA trilogy and the Winter Creek trilogy. Both had been loads of fun, and I’m looking forward to putting the finishing touches on them.
I’m also gearing more toward Horror and Sci-Fi in the upcoming year. I have several ideas for horror stories that I’ve been working on here and there, so I expect to have a few of those out in 2016 as well. They cover a couple several different genres like slasher, psychological, and mystery, so I’m excited to see how they’ll turn out.
I’ve also recently had an epiphany of sorts for an epic Sci-Fi story. It’s something I’ve been kicking around for a few years, and the final bit of Inspiration came when I started watching Red vs Blue. It never ceases to amaze me at how something can trigger our minds into developing complex ideas. 😀
My epic Sci-Fi is something that’ll push me creatively as I explore areas I haven’t aside from the occasional dabbling. I’m still putting the whole thing together in my head, but I do have the basic story idea and the technology and practices that’ll be used. The strangest thing about it is despite my love of science fiction, I’m only familiar with a handful of franchises or stories, so I guess that’s why it took me so long to formulate an idea. It actually sounds a lot like when I first started writing the Sword and the Flame series. With any luck, it’ll turn out just as much fun for us all.
My last bit of news is I’m hoping to release my Civil War Sweet Romance this year. I finished the first round of self edits a couple of days ago and found I either need to finish the second part that got away from me, or work to complete the story in one book. It should be an interesting experience either way.
That about does it for me. It looks like I’m going to be busy, but I’m looking forward to it. How about you all? I’d love to hear any news you guys want to share.