Year five in my writing career was a paradoxical year. I was sidelined with a concussion for much of the year. Obviously this was neither planned nor wanted. But I gained a new and deeper appreciation for the privilege and the blessing that it is to write. I learned to savor every keystroke, every word, every reader, every review, good or bad.
I learned that life is so much more than writing. When your dreams are stripped away and you’re left standing naked before God you come to know in an almost tangible way that you really are nothing more than a vessel. You do not direct your course. You are not the captain of the ship. You’re not even one of the crew unless by grace he calls you to it.
The Road Goes Ever On
I did very little writing this year. A ton of editing, but nothing new. I feel I went deeper rather than wider. Hopefully my writing is better for it.
I had hoped to release the digital boxed set of The Chronotrace Sequence, but that did not happen. What did happen is that I re-released all three books in the series with refreshed covers and updated text. All three books are several pages shorter, though the plot remained essentially the same.
Just Under the Wire
I paid a cover designer for this one, a first for me. He is amazingly talented, but it was a significant investment and I can only pray that it pays off.
This book, as I like to say, is my Ode to the Family. I don’t think there are really that many great pictures of family in fantasy. Lots of friendships, but not a lot of loving parents and beloved sons and daughters.
When I set out to write the novel, it was not at all my intention to write such a story. But as I explored the characters and their relationships, that’s what the story became about for me. You, as a reader may find other things stand out more, and there certainly is a great deal more to the novel than the importance of family, but certainly not less than that.
The Super Secret Series
So what’s on deck for 2018? A little project I’m calling my Super Secret Series. This is something that is more than just clever alliteration. It’s actually a code name for the series itself.
All I have to say about it for now is that it will be geared for a younger audience and there will be lots of weapons!
Currently, I’ve finished the map (I love making maps) and now I’m working on the history of the world and the timeline.
So stay tuned. I hope to begin writing on it in earnest soon.
Very excited about this one.
Despite my writing woes, I was able to read quite a few really wonderful books this year. The highlight would certainly be a re-reading of The Lord of the Rings. I even posted a review of it. Other bright spots would be Murder on the Orient Express and Merlin’s Blade. I really should post reviews of those at some point.
If you’re interested in a more in depth look at my reading journey in 2017, take a gander at my year in books over on Goodreads.
Never give up
Year five in the books certainly brought unexpected challenges. I am still not 100% recovered. And some personal issues will likely limit my writing in the coming year.
But this I will say. I shall not give up. I am in this for the long haul. However long it takes, however many failures I must face, however many challenges I must embrace, I am and shall be an author to the end, through and through, until the Lord bids me do otherwise.
May the coming year bring you unexpected blessings and the courage and perseverance to stay steady when the wind appear to be blowing you off course.