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A Look Back at 2015

Every year, WordPress gives each blog a year in blogging page. It’s not as thorough as my monthly reviews, but it’s interesting nevertheless. Take a look at my 2015 year in blogging.

So, I had around 37,000 views, and my best day had 250 views. And there have been posts every single day of the year. Not only that, 2 posts a day at least! What I set out to do this year, I achieved in terms of blogging. It was my biggest year in terms of views, comments, and posts.

I always make a monthly post on my top commenters. Well, looking at the year in blogging, the top commenters are stomperdad (467), Joanne Corey (345), S. R. Carrillo (313), Thomas Weaver (208), and H. Anthe Davis (166).

It was a slow year for reading, though. I only finished 10 books. I’ll do another post regarding these after I’m no longer in the company of in-laws. But the last two days proved that I can read more than 10% of a long book in just a couple hours. So, there’s no reason why I can’t make 2016 a much bigger year in reading. All I need to do is spend an hour or two reading every day, which I think I could easily do. We’ll see how that goes.

I had a big writing event this year, and that was the A to Z Challenge. I completed it successfully, writing a very short story for each letter of the alphabet in the Ariadne universe early after colonisation. I even made it into a chronological series of loosely connected stories. I think I’ll collect them all and put them on my official author’s page in the new year.

And so, this post marks the final post of 2015. May 2016 bring another few hundred posts and even bigger things. And I have some big things coming up. I have an international book project to start up in January, an interview on a podcast sometime in the new year, an international move in March, and a big return to writing after April. So, look forward to it!

How was your 2015?

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Two Due? Too Doo? To Do!

My brain has been thinking about what to do.  I do this often, though.  In the morning, I’m often thinking of lists of things to do over the next hour, day, week, etc.  Well, here’s a big to do list without any deadlines.  Let’s just say they’re for this year.

  • Get every part of Journey to Ariadne written, critiqued, edited, and posted.
  • Get What Will You Write? restarted.
  • Read at least 30 books.
  • Start planning and writing my solar system exploration short story series.
  • Write and post character profiles for Ariadne.
  • Get Ariadne maps online.
  • Write physical geography country profiles and create maps for Ariadne.
  • Begin planning Journey to Ariadne novel (though may be different title).
  • Pass 1,000 blog followers.
  • Pass 5,000 Twitter followers.
  • Resume regular vlogging.
  • Catch up on my photo blog.
  • Work on conceptual art for Journey to Ariadne and the Ariadne world.
  • Blog more on science, especially Ceres and Pluto.
  • Do a lot of work on Worldbuilding posts.
  • Comment on and follow at least 5 new blogs a day.
  • Begin year 2 of Authors Answer.

I’m sure there’s more to do.  I just can’t think of it at the moment. What’s on your to do list?

2015 Will Be an Exciting Year

It’s 2015 now, and I have big plans.  So much to do, and I’m going to go for it.  I guess this is the standard New Year’s Resolution post.

Writing

This is the most important thing I need to focus on this year.  Journey to Ariadne has been slowly written up until now, but I’m planning to write for at least 15 minutes a day and get a part finished every two weeks.  And since I’ll be using Critique Circle a lot, I’ll be critiquing six times a month.  After I’ve finished the web serial, I will get to work on the novel itself, which will include the content of what you can read online, but expanded a lot.  It may not even be recognisable.  At the same time, I’ll be working on a new science fiction series of short stories that I intend to publish sometime next year through Amazon in a bit of a Kindle Unlimited experiment.

I’ll also be participating in Flash! Friday as often as I can.

This Blog

Expect two posts per day.  That’s right, at least 730 posts this year.  This is actually my fifth of the year already.  There are many things going on with this blog:

  • Authors Answer will continue every week (Fridays).
  • What Will You Write? will resume soon, and hopefully it’ll gain some more interest.
  • Encyclopedia Entries will continue with the moon series.
  • I’ll be asking a lot of questions for my readers regularly.  This has no schedule.
  • I’ll be looking at the countries that my readers live in, write some basic information about them, then ask those readers to recommend places to visit, food to eat, and activities to do in the country.
  • More interviews with authors.  In fact, if you’re an author and you want to be interviewed, then you can contact me on my About page.

Community

I’ll be visiting a lot of blogs this year and commenting as much as I can.  I want to connect a lot, and hopefully gain some good acquaintances, or even friends.  I love the online blogging community I’ve gotten in touch with already.

Reading

I didn’t make my target of 30 books in 2014.  I’ll be setting another target of 30 this year, but I’ll change my reading habits.  Of course, I’ll continue to read during my commute and some of my lunch breaks, but I intend to read for at least 15 minutes before I go to bed every night.  I should be able to make my target that way.

Photography

My Mainichi Dokodemo Photography daily iPhone photo blog is far behind.  I’m still posting pictures from last spring.  I’ll eventually catch up.

I’m also going to start a new blog about architectural and technological design.

Life

This will be my last full year in Japan, so we need to prepare for my wife’s immigration to Canada.  Lots of paperwork, but also cleaning, throwing out things we don’t need, preliminary job searches, and so on.  My daughter will also be more conversational, so I want to focus a lot on her ability to speak both English and Japanese, as well as recognise letters and Japanese characters.  Should be fun.

Online Studying

I’m going to continue with the online courses, though only one at a time.  No need to put stress on my time.  I also plan to work on languages, mainly Japanese and French, but also more with Spanish.

Immediate Future

There’s probably a lot I’m forgetting.  But tonight, I’ll be getting the ninth Authors Answer posted.  It’ll be a bit early in the day (just after midnight), but that’s because we have a very busy three days coming up.  I’ll still be posting twice a day, though mostly from my phone.  I’ll also try to keep up with the comments this way.  There are another couple of posts I plan to do in the next few days, one about the best and worst books I read in 2014, and one for what I’m reading in 2015.  Look forward to it!

What are you up to this year?

Authors Answer 8 – A Look at 2015

2014 is coming to an end in less than a week, and we have a lot to look forward to.  New Year’s Day is the biggest holiday in Japan.  Nearly everything is closed, families get together and have a traditional meal, and many people spend some time praying at the local (or a famous) shrine or temple to wish for a good year.  The picture below was taken in my wife’s grandmother’s house.  You’ll see these everywhere in Japan.

003So, what are our authors doing for the new year?  Many people try to set goals for the year with New Year’s Resolutions, but for authors, these are more like deadlines, not just mere desires.

Question 8: The New Year is coming soon. What are your plans for 2015 in terms of writing?

Michael J. Sullivan

I always have a lot of projects going on, so let’s see…I’ve spent the last few years working on my new epic fantasy, The First Empire, and it’s nearing completion.  Yes, I’m a crazy person who writes all the books before publishing any of them.  This series contains five novels, the first four of which are already written. I’ve outlined and started the final volume. Currently, I’m implementing beta feedback for, Rhune, the first book, and hoping to have the fifth book completed in March or April 2015.  In this series, a group of ordinary people play a pivotal role in important events that occurred in the distant past of Elan (the fictional world which is the setting of my Riyria stories). The deeds of this group are lost to history as others usurp the successes for themselves. All this takes place 3,000 years in Elan’s past and tells the “real” story behind much of Riyria’s mythology. No prior experience with Riyria is required to enjoy this series to the fullest. That being said, veteran readers will discover I wasn’t 100% honest about much of the history I’ve told so far. For me, one of the coolest aspects of this series is the ability to explore the differences between myth and reality.

Next up is the third novel in my Riyria Chronicle series. I outlined this some time ago, but work on The First Empire has delayed its progress.  The chronicles are continuing adventures with my two main protagonists Royce and Hadrian.  Unlike The First Empire and The Riyria Revelations, these stories are standalones rather than part of an overarching storyline.  As such, they can be read individually and out of order.  I’m being cautious about having the Riyria duo overstay their welcome, so my plan has been to release a book and then gather feedback to determine if more should be written. With the release of The Rose and Thorn, it became evident people still want more of the pair, and I’m more than willing to oblige. Writing that book should take me through July or August.

That gives me enough time to write one more book in 2015; I might not get it completed, but it will certainly be well on its way by year’s end. I’m still trying to decide which project I’ll do.  One choice is a standalone fantasy I outlined two years ago, which has been pushed back several times because of other projects.  The other option is a sequel to Hollow World (my science fiction novel). When I wrote that book, I had five or six “follow on” stories in mind, and again, the feedback has let me know people want more about these characters.

Elizabeth Rhodes

My main goal for 2015 is to have a completed Jasper manuscript ready to sell.  I haven’t decided yet if I’ll enter it in Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Contest, but that’s a definite possibility.  I also want to start on Jasper’s Legacy, the sequel to Jasper.  This will likely be my next NaNoWriMo project.  But mostly, I think I’d like to step away from the writing and read more books for most of the year.  It’s been too long since I’ve finished a book.

Caren Rich

Just to keep at it.  Through NaNoWriMo I found out that I can find time to write and that I can be very productive in just an hour a day.  I want to take that and apply it to my daily routine.  Granted very little housework occured during the month of November and I can’t do that on a regular basis, the natives will revolt.  But I can be productive in small bits of time.  I also plan on stop hiding in my hobbit hole and send out queries like a good little writer.

Jean Davis

I have high hopes for 2015 to be much more productive than this past year was on the writing front. After settling into my writing room that is currently waiting for paint and trim, I need to finish up edits on a fantasy romance novel and several short stories. Then it’s off into submissions with those projects and possibly self-publishing one of the two novels I do currently have completed. I will again be participating in A Story a Day In May, which is when I do most of my short story writing, edit those over the summer and get them out into submissions in the fall. Which brings me to NaNoWriMo in November and whatever new project I happen to come up with by then.

D. T. Nova

I hope to have my first novel published, and after that there are some ideas that have been kicking around in my head for years that I might finally get to writing.

Amy Morris-Jones

Wow, this is a tough one. So many possibilities… I think my primary goal is to finish the novel I’m working on currently. I’m about 45,000 words in, and it’s time to call this one finished. I also need to submit more of my short fiction. I started to do that a bit this year, but I need to keep sending things out into the world.

Tracey Lynn Tobin

Things can always change, but I have a broad idea of what I want to accomplish for 2015. I want to complete the first draft of all four books of the YA fantasy series that I’m writing, first and foremost. Then I want to work on editing book one, which I hope will take significantly less time than it took me to edit my first novel, and if all of the stars and planets align properly I would like to have that book available for sale by the end of the year. Ambition!

Paul B. Spence

My plans for 2015 are 1) seeing my third Tebrey novel, The Madness Engine, published early in the year and 2) putting the final polish on the first book of another series.

H. Anthe Davis

I’m currently editing my third book, with a release goal of February.  Once that’s out (or before, if I have to wait on the cover), I’ll get started on the rough draft of book four, which I would also like to have out in 2015 if the size of it permits, but which otherwise I’ll probably be writing and rewriting all year.  Since there’s a bit of a paradigm-shift between books 3 and 4, I’m also considering writing some short stories to bridge the gap, but while I have some ideas, I’ve never been great at short stories.  So we’ll see.

S. R. Carrillo

I wanna release the sequel to my debut novel, The Soul, early in the year and hopefully towards the latter half of the year get to publish another project – doesn’t matter what – but, if not, then at least finish up the first draft of my sci-fi/dystopian co-authored title Pride.

Linda G. Hill

Looking forward to January answers from Linda.

Jay Dee Archer

I often begin the year with a lot of lofty goals.  My goals are just as lofty for 2015.  However, I think I’ve devised a way to manage my time.  I plan to write for at least 15 minutes a day, whether that’s on Journey to Ariadne, flash fiction, or short stories.  With that said, I hope to have all of Journey to Ariadne written in 2015.  That doesn’t mean publication, though.  I need to flesh everything out, and that’ll take time.  While I’m doing that, I’ll also begin writing my short story science fiction series featuring a dying man and his desire to explore the planets.

I would also say that blogging is included in writing.  I’ll maintain a post a day for 2015, as well.  I’ve managed it extremely well since March this year, and haven’t missed a day.  Some of those posts will include flash fiction, as well as some of my dreams written out as short stories.  That should be fun.

In the new year, I’ll have a big post outlining 2015, not just for writing.

How about you?

What are your plans for 2015? What are you writing?  If you’re not writing, do you have any other plans? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Michael J. Sullivan for participating this month.  He had some wonderful answers, and I’m definitely going to keep my eye out for Moleskine notebooks in the future.  Thank you very much!