Where I’ve Been
Somehow, through the long slog of 2020, we’ve gotten to December and I’m seeing a lot of “Year In Review” posts. It’s a good time to think about where I’ve been and where I’m going.
On the author front, after a five-year hiatus from professional publishing, I published three books this year, totalling almost half a million words:
Daddy P.I. 0.5 – 83,910
Daddy P.I. – 185,495
Daddy P.I. 2.0 – 175,642
I’d be lying if I said I remembered many of those half a million words now. I wrote a lot of them over two years ago, and I tend to get very focused on whatever I’m writing at the time.
On a personal level, I became an empty nester this year (if only for six weeks) and renewed my power exchange with my hubby, which made me super happy. Returning to the author tribe with a vengeance to promote the books renewed some long-time friendships with authors and readers and netted me some new ones that I’ll cherish going into 2021.
Where I’m Going
2021 is a busy year, at least on the chalkboard.
I’ve got two releases scheduled for Valentine’s Day, 2021:
Missing Ink, the next book in the Daddy P.I. series; and
The Daddy P.I. box set, which will compile the three books from this year plus a new novella, The Case of the Missing Collar.
After I finish writing The Case of the Missing Collar, I’m returning to the world of Neon Blue. Tsara’s first book got a spiffy recover this year. The same wonderful artist did the cover of book 2, Blood Yellow, and it’s inspiring me to get that book done. Blood Yellow is already over 80,000 words and I’m only half way through my outline, which tells me it needs major editing, but I’m excited to get back to it and get it out into the hands of readers who have been waiting for a very long time. I’m shooting for a summer release.
I’ve learned (the hard way) to focus on one writing project at a time until I’m done. I appreciate lots of writers have several projects on the go which keeps them fresh, but I’ve found that makes characters’ “voices” muddled in my head, so I’ll stick to one at a time. I’m not sure yet if that equates to staying in one “universe” at a time. Staying in the Daddy P.I. “universe” for two+ years while I’ve written the first three books has been very productive. Should I stick to the Neon Blue “universe” until I’m finished Blood Yellow, Burning Bones (book 3), and the spin off novella, Hidden Coal? I don’t know. Maybe that will be the lesson for 2021 …