2015 has been an… interesting year.
There have been some difficult spots. in February, my dad died after an 18 year battle with cancer. In March, my mum came to live in a granny flat at our place (that needed a LOT of renovating).
And as if that wasn't enough, the stock photography company that was a large part of my income changed some rules that cut my income dramatically. I opted out of their exclusivity program, and began uploading to other sites. This was a huge time sink, and has only been a minor increase in my income.
Needless to say, I didn't manage to write much at all in the first half of the year. A lot of my writing projects, especially ones that required a lot of thought and concentration (like Reckless Remedy), were put on hold.
I did mkae some progress on writing related endeavours. In March, I made Reckless Rescue permafree, and that helped my publishing earnings climb a little. Buoyed by this success, I made Twin Curse permafree in June. It's been less successful, probably because it's a more complete book, with less need to read the follow up.
In July, I published Waking the Dragon (now free as well!) the first instalment in the Dragon Ruins serial. It's doing reasonably well, though it's still early days in the series. Because these episodes are shorter (less than 20,000 words), I can write and edit them more quickly, which helps keep me motivated.
I know it's early in the year for a wrap up post, but I feel like now is the time to write this. I finally feel like I'm coming out of the fog that I've been in most of the year. I feel like I can set (very flexible) deadlines, and have a chance at meeting them. I feel like I can take on a bigger project, and actually achieve it.
In fact, this month I managed to get two manuscripts completed and ready to upload. Bedding the Dragon, part 3 in Dragon Ruins, and a surprise project, that I'll be announcing to my mailing list soon.
Next month, I'm finally tackling Reckless Remedy for NaNoWriMo! You can watch my progress on my NaNo Author Page. If you're doing NaNo too, feel free to buddy with me.
I'm hoping that for the rest of the year, and into next year, I'll be writing a lot more, both on my stories, and here on my blog.
And thanks everyone for your patience.