This has been a very busy year. In addition to creating three websites (this one, the music one, and the fiction one), I also created one for Z-Order. Some of that work was done last year, but all of it involved learning and using new tools.
Musically I’ve been working with the newest Z-Order singer and we’ve probably completed half the vocals, with me acting as recording engineer, producer, and writer/lyricist. I also did one show (just one song!) with the singer’s cover band.
With fiction, over 80,000 words have been written so far for The Art of World Building. I guess that’s not really fiction, but I squeezed out one story and parts of two others, too. I’ve also created a new map of a continent for my main fantasy world, Llurien (see the neighboring, island Kingdom of Lorynn, right).
My Secret Lives
I actually have two pseudonyms; the fantasy stuff mentioned above will be under my actual name.
For one (non-fiction), I wrote about 30,000 words of a book and nearly 30 blogs, which also meant creating another website for that author name. I intend to shelve that book for a long time, but early next year I’ll be returning to a related 140,000 word book, which I wrote years ago, and revamping it before self-publishing in 2017. I just have some decisions to make, like whether to make it a three-volume set of smaller books while expanding the set to around 200,000, which is where it likely needs to be. I hope this only takes a few months, as it’s mostly editing. With this and the world building book done, I’ll be settling into writing fantasy stories for many years to come.
One of the bigger items this year, though you couldn’t tell because I did it under a pseudonym, was the publication of three novels in another genre. That included the writing of one (60,000 words) this spring and, before that, writing half of another one I started last year. I learned a huge amount about self-publishing in the process, including promos and working with cover designers and editors. The promo work included creating an additional two websites (one for the author and another for the parent publishing company I did business under).
I mostly shut down that pseudonym and stopped writing in that genre because it’s not my passion, was an experiment to begin with, and I discovered that momentum isn’t easy to create or maintain unless you do it long-term. The experiment lasted a year, from summer 2014, and really helped decide what to do, when, and how for fantasy.
If you’re wondering what I do for fun, this is it! But I also play golf and lowered my score by almost ten points this year, into the low 80s for my best rounds. Other than that, I obviously don’t have time for much else except my family and golfing.