In the annual tradition of every freelance writer’s need to justify themselves, here is my 2019 Scorecard. How did I do at what I do most? Overall, pretty good, I think. I succeeded more than I failed. Though, I didn’t complete everything I wanted to get done.
Short Story Submissions: 7
- Acceptances: 5
- Rejections: 1
- Pending: 1
This is a very good look for me. Though, in truth, 5 of the 7 short stories were commissioned. I rarely have time to write for markets that are not guaranteed.
New Words Written: 125,130
- Short: 24,130
- Long: 101,000
That equates to 4 new short stories, 1 new RPG project, 1 novella, and 1 novel. In the grand scheme of things, this about 60% of what I normally write. However, life was not as kind to me as it had been in the past. The death of loved ones makes writing hard.
Published Projects: 7
- 2 novels: BattleTech: Iron Dawn and Shadowrun: Makeda Red
- 1 anthology: A Secret Guide to Fighting Elder Gods
- 3 short stories: “Between a Corp and a Hard Place” (Shadowrun), “Written in Red” (Emberwind), “One Town at a Time” (Valdemar)
- 1 podcast: ShadowBytes (Shadowrun)
- 1 Won: 2019 Rainforest Writers Inspirational Award.
- 1 Nomination: To Fight the Black Wind - finalist for the 2019 Raven Award for Horror/Thriller novel.
Conventions Attended: 5
This is less than half of the number of conventions attended in 2018…by design. I attended 12 in 2018 and that was too much. That’s one of my goals for 2019 succeeded.
Goals for the Year: 6
- Fewer conventions attended.
- Declutter the House.
- Expand my Creative Horizons (Twitch game and Voice talent on the Dire Multiverse).
- Continue focus on my physical health.
- Figure out my crafting situation (All the crafts are still languishing).
- Curious Fictions (This failed. I didn’t want to keep it up and Ko-Fi was easier and more people have brightened my day with it.)
Next up, a look at the last decade. I think I’ve come a long way and I should celebrate that.