365 days came and went kind of like the flash of a paparazzi flashbulb. But a lot happened in our world and in our lives. In this little space I call my blog, a lot happened as well.
- The guests who stopped in as my Featured Authors shared their books and some of their stories as writers. Sandra Cox, Bish Denham, Cathrina Constantine, J.H. Moncrief, authors appearing in the Heroes Lost, Mysteries of Death and Life anthology, Yolanda Renee, Lexa Cain, Donna Galanti.
- Lots of Free Books and Gifts went out to those who put their names into the hat. Some of those books came from Featured Authors, so thanks again for being so generous with your work, authors.
- I went to France and then to Texas! I failed to buy my cowgirl boots the way I promised myself, but Texas will be there for a while and so will cowgirl boots.
I met a few goals:
- I moved from Blogger to WordPress with only a few glitches and losing only a few people who followed me each week. Sorry about that, but I’m very grateful for those who found a way to stay with me.
- I placed the third book of a trilogy with Dancing Lemur Press. Some Very Messy Medieval Magic will come out in spring 2018 and wind up the story Alligators Overhead and The Great Time Lock Disaster started.
- One of my short stories, Matilijas, was Judges’ Pick in the Creative Writing Institutes anthology called Lost. Dec. 2017
- Bouhaki, a novella, was among the winners of the Cats of Distinctive Character contest that Book Angels ran.
- I came in second in August’s WEP, Denise’s and Yolanda’s amazing short story contest.
- I finished the 40 books in my Goodread’s challenge, but I’m kind of in the camp of not doing that again. Have to think about it.
What do I want to do differently in 2018–AKA New Year’s Resolutions, which I never make, but like to run around in my head just for fun.
- Continue featuring authors. I really enjoy doing this, but I think I’ll tweak it a bit to let the authors have more input.
- Create more posts that include other disciplines or areas of interest. I love writing and writers, but I also love history and travel and things I can glean from people who aren’t writers.
- Take more time off. I find that if I break free for a while, I’m more eager to post and it’s easier. I hope the posts will be more interesting as well.
This month’s Featured Author is really 11 authors in the anthology, FULL DARK. Here’s what the organizer, Melissa Maygrove has to say about this collection of short stories.
*What gave you the idea to do an anthology?
Sometimes stories or random scenes pop into my head. Usually they fit the genre I write, but sometimes they don’t. That’s what happened with the anthology that eventually became FULL DARK. I kept having ideas for twisted, Twitlight-Zone-like shorts, so I jotted them down. (I’ve learned to write ideas down before I forget, even if I don’t know what I’m going to do with them.) When another anthology project I was contributing to fell through, I decided it was a good time to go forward with this one.
I felt sad for the authors who had been displaced and was glad I could offer them an alternative. When hurricane Harvey hit my city, that gave the project even more direction and purpose. We voted to donate all the proceeds to the Gary Sinise Foundation. It’s an organization that does many wonderful things for veterans and first responders.
*What were your biggest hurdles to completing the task?
I’ve published before, but only my own novels. I’ve never organized a multi-author project.
To add to that, I became a single parent after committing to this. I had already increased my work hours in the recent past, and setting out on my own with three teens stole even more of my time. The project was put on hold for months, then surged to a near-impossible pace to meet the release date. I don’t know how we made it, but we did.
The contributing authors stepped up and met some insane deadlines. They are true professionals.
I managed to keep my automobiles from flooding during the hurricane, only to have my van stolen out of my driveway shortly after Christmas. I was shocked. What would someone want with a 14-year-old van?
Well, apparently, older autos are easier to steal. My van was recovered the next day with the ignition stripped. It had been used in a robbery!
It only has 80,000 miles and it’s paid for, so I’m praying it can be fixed.
Thanks for hosting me, Lee, and helping get the word out about our anthology. I was blessed to work with such talented authors.
*Thanks for being here, Melissa. You’ve had quite year, and you still came out in spite of some impossible odds. Next week we’ll hear from another contributor to Full Dark and learn about them and their story.
And here’s one more bit to wrap up my first post of 2018. Beverly Stowe McClure & Lynda Dietz: Origami book. Alexa: Sliding on the Edge (via my Email Connect offer) Thanks, Alexa for being on my mailing list. Stephanie: Print copy of Alligators Overhead. Thomas Anderson: The Tote with “I have a story to tell.” I’ll need your snail mail addresses, winners, so you can email me HERE.
Quote of the Week: New Year’s Day–Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual. The very quotable Mark Twain
Now that we are well and truly onto a new year, are you assessing the past, looking to draw from mistakes and improve, or just taking it one day at a time to see how it plays out?