2018 in Review: Writing

I was just looking back at my year-in-review post for 2017 and having a laugh at myself. I’ve just finished trying to reconstruct the months from June to December in my writing/revision tracker, because I only kept good records for the first half of the year, and my 2017 post said much the same thing. I could make a comment about old dogs and new tricks, but I do have a new tracker all set up and ready to go for 2019, so we’ll see if I can change my errant ways.

At any rate, 2018 shaped up with just over 150,000 words of new writing, an increase over the year before, which makes me happy (this number doesn’t include blog posts). I finished four new short stories, one middle grade chapter book, a novella, and made progress on several other longer projects, including coming *this* close to finishing a new Nearspace novel (which I should finally achieve by the end of January at the latest). I kept a few stories in submission throughout the year and had a couple of acceptances. I self-published four new titles. I gave a couple of courses and professional development sessions, one of which was new. I helped our local writer’s group publish an anthology. All in all, a very productive year for me.

I’d like to do a little more short fiction in the coming year and finish some of my languishing works-in-progress. I do have a detailed plan, but since no plan survives contact with reality, I think I’ll keep that to myself. :)

Subordinate Clauses – An Olympia Investigations Christmas Story

Hey all, here’s a little Christmas present for my Olympia Investigations fans!

When a clutch of elves hire Acacia to investigate a plot against Santa Claus and an elf kidnapping, she has only her supernatural detection abilities to guide her in the right direction. As the days count down and the presents pile up, will Acacia and Oliver be able to find the perpetrator, rescue the elves, and save Christmas?

Merry Christmas and I hope you enjoy!

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Hal-Con 2018 World-Building Panel: Links and Resources

After our standing-room-only crowd for the World-Building panel offered by some members of the Genre Writers of Atlantic Canada group on Sunday, I promised to post my mapping and visuals resources here (because I sure didn’t have enough handouts!). If you were there and didn’t get a copy, my apologies! Thanks for attending, and here they are:

Donjon.com https://donjon.bin.sh/scifi/world/ A multitude of world-building tools and other generators.

Azgaar Fantasy Map Generator https://azgaar.github.io/Fantasy-Map-Generator/ Very full-featured world map generator producing beautiful and customizable maps.

Inkarnate https://inkarnate.com/ Beautiful map generator with icon library (upgrade $25/yr, $5/mo).

Medieval Fantasy City Generator https://watabou.itch.io/medieval-fantasy-city-generator Great city map generator – turn off some items and maps can also be used for more modern cities.

Worldspinner.com https://worldspinner.com/ Create an entire world and map. Free account. All paid features $9.95/year.

Planet Map Generator https://topps.diku.dk/torbenm/maps.msp Adjust parameters to create a globe map of your created world.

Autodesk Sketchbook https://sketchbook.com/ For the more artistically inclined, this computer drawing program is now entirely free.

World-building questions http://www.sfwa.org/2009/08/fantasy-worldbuilding-questions The definitive world-building questionnaire, by Patricia C. Wrede.

Holly Lisle – Worldbuilding https://hollylisle.com/how-much-of-my-world-do-i-build/ How Much of My World Do I Build?

Seventh Sanctum Generators http://www.seventhsanctum.com Broad variety of name and idea generators for writers and others.

And here’s a bonus one I thought of later that wasn’t on the sheet: a fabulous collection of historical maps by David Rumsey. https://www.davidrumsey.com/

Friday Desk Report, October 19, 2018

It’s a while since I’ve done a Desk Report! Not that nothing has been happening…more like there’s so much to do, I don’t have time to report on it! But I’m having trouble this fall getting into the usual routine, since for the first time in 19 years, I’m not driving any kids to school in the mornings. That school changeover always threw the switch in my brain from summer to fall, and I’ve really noticed a difference this year without that trigger.

You may have seen me mention elsewhere on social media that Planet Fleep is now available in print as well as ebook, so that was pretty exciting. I’ve promised a new Olympia Investigations story soon, too, and it is underway. It’s turning out to be maybe the longest one in the series yet. It features some witches, so I’d love to get it done in time for a Halloween release, but we’ll have to see…

I’ve been participating in Inktober this month, to exercise some different creative areas of my brain. Daily art is like regular writing…you do see improvements in small but steady increments. I’ll add a few of my personal favourites at the end of this post.

NaNoWriMo is on the horizon! I have a novel project I’m going to be finishing up during November this year. I’ve really struggled with some of the aspects of this story but it’s hell-or-high-water time now. If (a big if) I get to the end before I hit 50k words, my plan is to write another Olympia story to take up the slack. I’m not really expecting that to be a problem, though…

We had wet snowflakes for the first time this fall yesterday–the same day a box of new bulbs for planting came in the mail! I can see I’d better find time to get them in the ground soon!

Here are those Inktober sketches I mentioned…do you find your creativity expresses itself in varied ways, or one main one? Personally, I’m all over the place, but I’m not complaining. :) I’m having too much fun!