As we wade slowly into 2022, I suppose it's as good as a time as any to take stock of 2021.
In terms of writing, I was able to publish my second book, "The Raven Conspiracy", in May, which also featured Clay Sullivan, the main character from "Dead Man's Breath". The response was so good for 'Dead Man's Breath" that I suppose I had a bit of a sophomore slump with "The Raven Conspiracy", in terms of both reviews and sales. That goes with the territory.
To those who have enjoyed Clay, fear not. He will be back, although I can't say when. I certainly want to take my time and make sure his next story is the best one yet.
I slacked off on my other writing in 2021. I had intended to have at least twelve publication rejections (or acceptances) for short stories last year, but I only managed to hit three. I have a couple of stories 'finished" that I need to make time to polish and submit to various publications. If I were the type of person to make New Year's resolutions, mine for 2022 would be to devote more time to short stories and hopefully, get at least one published.
This blog is another area which I have slacked off on. I doubt I will do the weekly update I anticipated when I started off, nor do I think it is necessary.
I am working on a nonfiction project that I hope to have out late Spring, early Summer. It's one I have been working on for over a year and am very excited about, as I can see it finally taking shape.
One HUGE highlight for 2021 was my first in-person book signing in June. It was a humbling experience that made me grateful for the friends and supporters I am blessed with. THANK YOU to everyone who has bought one of my books. I genuinely appreciate each and every one of you.
While 2021 was worse than 2020 in many ways, I made a conscious effort to get back to normal, or at least as normal as possible. I was able to take a couple of trips. One was to New Orleans, which I covered in a previous blog. Just this past week, I went to Nashville for the Music City Bowl (which was a debacle) and the Grand Ole Opry (an experience that gave me goosebumps). Nashville is a great town and I hope to return sooner, rather than later. It is amazing to be able to sit in a bar and listen to live music at 10 in the morning on a Wednesday.
This summer I was able to kayak quite a bit, an activity I am new to but enjoyed immensely. I hiked some new trails and areas last year, as well. I cannot wait until warm weather to return so that I can get back at it.
I was able to attend several concerts in 2021. I love music and concerts, but the behavior of some attendees diminished my enjoyment at some shows. I will pick my shows and venues a bit more carefully in 2022.
I am looking forward to 2022. Certain aspects are out of my control, but I will do my damnedest to make the best of each day. I hope 2022 is the best year ever for each of you, as well.
Thank you for reading and I'll talk with you soon.