December 31st, 2014

Macbeth the Usurper

Year In Review

Here's the Year In Review for me.

I was a husband, a dad, and a writer, all at the same time.

I met almost none of my writing goals, which was the production of short stories, and a serious attempt at selling them. That's because I hit All The Saints Are Dead, which was a novel that demanded to get written, along with all its follow-on stories. I published three items this year, MacBeth the Usurper, The Trope Team, and All The Saints Are Dead. In addition, I have two more Astrea novels in the queue, and Double Jack still kicking my ass. In all, this was my most productive writing year ever.

I met few of my sales goals, but my sales did increase. Common wisdom has it that you want your first in series free, and success can then follow. That has not been true for my Ironmonger series. I currently feel like I have a great book 2 and 3 being held prisoner by a weak book 1. I really want more Astrea books out there so that I can start turning the promotions crank.

My day job keeps going well. Much server maintennance had been dumped on me, so my server skills have been steadily growing. That's good stuff to have. I've added Windows Server 2012 to my skill list and some EMC fiber storage. I just might have a career in this stuff.

Back in January, I got my prostate roto-rootered. A year later, and I'm still happy that I got it done. It wasn't fun, but it sure has been rewarding.

I've branched out in my blogging, having fun with many topics. According to LJ, I'm now placing in the 8k range. I was briefly in the 5k range, but I have no idea why.

I said goodbye to my long-time car, the Subaru Outback 1996. I sold it off, and am now driving a 2005 Ford Five Hundred. As soon as I hit midlister income with my writing venture, I'm getting a new car.

In game playing, I mostly played Skyrim, having received that last Christmas, while also making forays into Minecraft. I wrapped up the year playing some Japanese style console games on the Kindle.

I got myseslf back into reading this year, making my way slowly throught he top fantasy books of the 1970s. If I had not wedged my writing into my own little niche enough, this certainly solidifed it. I've had a wonderful time, and I think that I'm starting to understand how to write a pithy review. Eventually, I hope that my reviews are more entertaining that the items that I'm reviewing.

I didn't do much vacationing this year. We went camping once, and we went to the beach once.

My brother-in-law and family came over to the states in July-August, where we had a wonderful week.

My daughter joined a swim team, so I learned about swim meets and the various jobs that need to be done. I don't anticipate that my daughter will swim again this year.

We continue slowly gardenifying our yard. This year, we added two apple trees, tearing out multiple bushes to acheive this feat. The fig tree died back to the roots due to the hard winter, so we had no figs. I fenced off the yard behind the house, making a more defendable garden area this year. By all measures, the ground hog did not intrude. We grew tomatoes again, and also branched into lettuce, kale, sweet potatoes, and some squash. Alas, we didn't do more than that because my wife dislocated her elbow fighting the wet grass. Both wife and grass are now doing fine.

I'm sure that there's more to say, but I can't think of what it is, so I'll leave off with a "happy New Year," and I'll see everyone around tomorrow.