Wednesday, December 31, 2014

End of Year Wrap Up

Another glorious year has graced us with its presence and now it’s gone forever, only existing in our memories. This year was a blessing for me. Although I did go through some sad times, the happy more than outweighed the bad. I finalized DAWN OF SHADOWS (Messengers 1.0) this year. While I hesitate to ever say any project is completely finished, it’s done enough for me to move on.

Unfortunately, life slowed my process on the other projects I’m working on; but CRIMSON RENEGADE (Messengers 1.5) and CITY OF ILLUSIONS (Messengers 2.0) are close to the tipping point. For me there is always that sweet spot about 65% of the way through a book when it no longer is hard to write it, but hard not to finish it.

The Short Film has changed names (at least for now) and it is almost finished. There were some unforeseen difficulties in that situation as well, but those issues will stay in 2014 and not pass into 2015.

This year will bring about the completion of Books 1.5 and 2 and hopefully at least one more. I also plan to work on the first official trailer. While the short film is great to get interest, it’s still not a true trailer to the story in DAWN OF SHADOWS.

I helped (or hope I helped) about 12 people directly through Beta Reading for them, and met a lot of great people in the SCWBI community and twitter middle grade communities. It’s fun to struggle with friends instead of by yourself. (LOL)  I’m positive that 2015 will be a turning point for the series. If my own betas who have read DAWN OF SHADOWS are any indication, I should be able to find a home for the project soon. I also was fortunate to participate in four twitter pitch parties and several online writer contests. It was a great experience for me.

I hope that everyone can find peace, love, and excitement in 2015 doing the thing that they love and caring for those around them. Now it’s time to get back to work.