2019 Year in Review

 

…and just like that we are welcoming another new year.

The list of my writing accomplishments in 2019 is a very short one – consisting of four or five blog posts and a couple of thousand words on my work-in-progress. For the non-writers in the audience a couple-thousand words is usually considered a moderately productive weekend – not a year.

2019 now stands as only the second calendar year since Living the Dream was released in 2009 in which I did not release a new book. The last time was 2017 – but I made up for it by releasing two books in 2018 (24 Minutes and Doomed to Repeat) – a feat which I am going to try to match in 2020.

So despite not releasing a book – 2019 was still a very good (nearly flawless) year for me.

The one downer of the year came in late March when I had to say goodbye to my longtime buddy Philbert.

I rescued Phil when he was only 8 or 9 weeks old and he was with me for 16 ½ years before succumbing to liver failure.

Other than that brief blip of sadness – 2019 was the year when, after thirteen years in Florida, I finally purchased a home of my own! It’s a modest place, but it’s in a beautiful area and it suits my needs perfectly. It is indeed my home.

My previous living arrangements ended in January, followed by a few weeks of homelessness where I stayed with a friend before moving into the new place in mid-February.

I had begun work on my next novel (tentatively called Rising Tide) in August of 2018. Progress was moving nicely until the whole moving thing got in the way – bringing production to a halt for a few months while I got settled.

Once I resumed writing in May I still hadn’t developed a routine so the word count wasn’t exactly soaring and Rising Tide hovered at the point of being about two-thirds complete until last weekend (I know…SLACKER!).

Last weekend I finally gave myself the kick in the butt I usually use on procrastinating writer friends who shall remain nameless.

In two days I matched the total word count of the previous four months!

I still have a long way to go – as I said the book is only about two-thirds complete – but I’m finally back in the groove!

The best part is that even though I didn’t do a lot of writing in 2019, I did come up with two really good (at least I think they’re really good) story ideas. Thus my biggest challenge of 2020 will be deciding which one to work on first!

I hope your 2019 was more productive than mine and I hope your 2020 is the best year ever!

 

As always – thank you for reading

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  2. I’m glad you had a great year but was sorry to read about Phil. I’ll be looking forward to two books in 2020 now that you’re back in the groove!

  3. Sherri Wood

    So sorry about Phil. He looks a lot like my Frodo, who is only two, but I already know that he is going to be a hard friend to part with and it is always too soon.
    Now that you are settled in your own place i look forward to your next book! Happy New Year!

  4. What a good position to be in as the new year enters. Sorry to hear about Philbert.😥

  5. All the best in 2020!! Entering a year with two great story ideas is a perfect start. Sorry to hear about Phil.

  6. Congratulations on the new home. 2020 promises to be a great year.

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