It feels like 2014 should still have another month or two, but who am I to argue with Mother Nature? Her timeless clock is what keeps us moving, adapting, changing, and growing, which is a lot like writing I think, and maybe web building too.
2014 was a good year. I didn’t make the word count I’d hoped for, but I almost broke 300K, and I have a new novel to show for it. The working title is The Dead in Two Creeks Forest. It’s a horror novel set in a small town and here’s a quick premise,
After another death in Two Creeks Forest, something has unearthed the dead, and they possess the residents of Newdale, carrying out murderous acts of revenge. The one who might be able to fix things is a 13-year-old girl, Dani, who struggles with her own possessions, the spirits of Larry and Vera, her two organ donors. But it may already be too late for Newdale–no one is safe from their own past.
It’s a character-rich story, so it’s been a lot of fun to write. In 2014, I also had a few good publications, including my novella, “Feral Things,” with Damnation Books, and my latest short story, “Skipping Stones,” with Fantasy Scroll Magazine – how cool to share TOC with Miss Cat Rambo.
For 2015, I plan to write more short stories, aiming for 2 short stories a month, and keeping submissions much more active than I did this last year. Editing is already underway with the new novel, and I hope to start plotting for the next Kate Waters Mystery, Book 3. The 2nd book in the series, Wicked Tempest, I’ll be self-publishing in February 2015. I think the sequel will definitely please fans and readers.
At home, one of my side projects is starting a food blog (left photo: northwest barley salad with miso dressing). I love to cook, and this last year, I focused on increasing my raw food intake, so now I’m in the process of creating new and healthier recipes to some of my favorite dishes, without sacrificing taste of course. Best of all, I’m trying to make my recipes so easy to cook, a zombie could make them … or a ten-year-old child. As soon as I get pages, photos, and recipes into a functioning site, I’ll post links.
So that’s what I’ve got. I hope you all had a great year, and best of luck to you, your family, and your writing in 2015!