Hello, Vikans, and Welcome to a FRESH START!!!
WOOHOO!! 2021, BABY!!!!
Now, I’m pretty much sure a majority of y’all spent a HUGE chunk of time doom-scrolling last year, so I’ll save the 2020 recap post to dwell on everything the DUMPSTER FIRE of 2020 brought upon our world.
I would like to hold myself accountable, however.
Just so I can hold myself accountable and emphasize the fact that I am, indeed, the furthest thing from a psychic or future teller/predictor, here’s a screen shot from my blog post [Reflections: New Year, Here I Come!] that I wrote on here back January 2nd this year::
Well, I did say to “Assume Nothing,”, so I wasn’t ENTIRELY wrong. Just mostly.
But, knowing what is in store for my future, starting next year in 2021, I’m going to try being (naively) positive again, and hope those positive thoughts and hope and dreams actually soak into the world and make 2021 a year to remember.
But, as I always do in my New Year’s blog post every year, I will first reflect on my personal journey in 2020, writing AND personal, then move on to my vague/half-baked plans to try and make 2021 the best year of my life.
If I’ll be able to sleep starting halfway through.
I’ll get to what that means in a minute.
For starters, writing life.
And, because those of you that have read my posts before, you’ll understand that a screenshot of an Excel spreadsheet is always a given.
But, seeing how incredibly STRESSFUL 2020 was, here’s MORE than one spreadsheet, just to annoy those of you out there who HATE NUMBERS.
ANYWAY, here’s my numbers for a Quantitative look at my writing journey in 2020:
These ones are hopefully self-explanatory, so I’m not gonna analyze, to spare y’all the agony of deciphering if this isn’t the part of this blog post you care about.
I hope this one is readable once I post. This show y’all my word counts per project I worked on in 2020. As you may notice, there are no KINETICS or CHAOS ACCOUNTS projects in this list. This is because my final 2 KINETICS books are currently in editing/post-production, and THE CHAOS ACCOUNTS… Well, I’ll be getting into that news later.
Now, for comparison, here’s my Wrote/Didn’t Write percentages of 2020 compared to 2019 (by month):
YIPPEE!!! WROTE ALMOST 0.7% MORE OFTEN THIS YEAR!!!
OKAY, I know that’s not huge, but with working from home driving the ambiverted empath inside me, and another little thing inside me punching at my bladder constantly-
. . .
Oops, guess we’ll move on to the qualitative achievements of 2020, since I pretty much just gave it away.
As some of you may know, I got married in September of 2019. Amid pandemic Chaos, on Labor Day 2020, we learned that I’m pregnant. Our little bundle of boxing joy will be due to arrive late Spring 2021!!
All my life, people have doubted what I could’ve been capable of. And, all my life, I’ve proved almost all of them wrong.
“A specialty center high school, when she’d have to leave the few friends she somehow made in middle school?”
“She’ll probably go to community college for a year or two first. She can’t handle mving far away from home, right?”
Those are just the beginning. I have also published multiple works, gotten to be a speaker MULTIPLE TIMES at Ravencon, found an AMAZING group of writers and creators I am proud to call my friends and allies.
I found the love of my life, lost the friend of a lifetime, and am now headed toward one of my first ever dream jobs that I’ve had since I was a toddler: I’M GOING TO BE A MOM!
Now, not entirely sure if I’ll be a good mother, but I’m gonna try.
On top of pregnancy/baby on the way, I’ve got a number of ideas when it comes to my writing, my publishing, and my branding. I’m not going to go into HUGE details. Actually, just one for now, and more will come down the road. Not gonna jinx stuff right now, with life on wobbly and scary steps as it is.
So, to address that, I’ll tell you my plans for THE CHAOS ACCOUNTS. I’m planning a rebranding for the series, for titles, covers, and pen name. I’m currently in fierce edits for the first 5 stories, as well as trying to find the perfect cover designer for the series. I might be jinxing myself here, but I’ve got this YA paranormal/fantasy/superpowered novella serial loosely planned to encompass about 20 stories, sectioned into 4 5-story chunks.
For this series, soon-to-be-titled “ACCOUNTING FOR THE CHAOS”, I am planning on a rapid re-release under the new covers and pen name hopefully soon. Once edits are done and I have the covers in hand. But, on top of that, I want to help the world out, no matter how small of a way. Keep in mind, I did something similar with the original release of the first CHAOS ACCOUNTS story, where I donated sales to a charity that was important to me at the time.
I’m doing that again, with a charity that is important to me as I prepare for birth and motherhood.
There’s a charity called “Reach Out And Read,” where pediatricians all over the world give away books to little babies and children at their check-ups and encourage their parents t read to their children every night if they can.
For my rapid re-release of Stories 1-5, starting whenever each is released, and completely stopping on 8/31/2021, 50% of my royalties from these re-releases shall be separated, and at the end of this campaign, I will donate all that money to Reach Out And Read!
Stay tuned for the actual planned release dates for them!
Until then, wishing y’all the best for 2021!
Keep Faith, Vikans.
And, as always, Assume Nothing. Make an effort to make this year yours.