Happy New Year everyone! I hope your Christmas break was as relaxing as you deserve. I love Christmas and New Year, the sights and sounds, food and carols. It always give me a time to reflect on the events of the year that just passed and 2017 was no exception.
Nothing too remarkable happened if I am honest, but I did finally release Dead Lock, my companion to Dead Heat. My year in blogging was pretty impressive though, especially September. I received 18,543 hits that month alone. 14,531 hits were allocated to a single post, the one of Stephen King’s IT’s most controversial scene. Naturally, this made 2017 my busiest year at 49,617 hits and September 2017 my busiest month by a long shot, perhaps never to be surpassed. To put that into context, my previous busiest year was 2015 with 21,723. The busiest post in that year was “What to do when an Upwork client won’t pay” with a paltry 750 hits.
But it is a new year now and that means new goals. Here are mine:
- To finish my present work in progress Children of Phobetor (formally known as Romans vs Aliens) about a group of gladiators entering the dark forests of Germania to investigate the destruction of a network of secret military camps
- If I finish that this year, then I intend to work on A Salmonweird Sleighing, the Christmas-themed sequel to my supernatural crime comedy Salmonweird
- While I am on the subject of Salmonweird, I am still looking at traditional publishing options for the first in the series – agents, small press and so on. It’s my main aim to get this published one way or another though I won’t rush into self-publishing if I can’t drum up interest through the usual means
I’m unlikely to finish both Children of Phobetor (current length around 32,000 words) and Salmonweird Sleighing (current length 6,000 words) this year even though the first is relatively advanced. If I do, I have a number of other projects to work on. Well, I say “projects” but what I mean is a number of loose ideas and outlines of plots. I will reveal more as and when (if) I get to them.
Please do tell me about your 2017 achievements and 2018 goals. I’d love to hear them!