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Authors Answer 113 – Writing in 2016

In two days, it will be 2017. It’s been quite a year with the high profile celebrity deaths, the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States, Brexit, and the refugee crisis. Some people may say it’s the worst year in a long time. But what about our writing? Did we have a good year?

320px-Modern-ftn-pen-cursiveQuestion 113: Looking back on 2016, how was your year in terms of writing?

H. Anthe Davis

Well, beyond the standard ups and downs (such as losing all will to live during the desert summer and then losing some extra will to live in October and November), I did fairly well writing-wise — got one book completed and started on another, even though publication for the first book is delayed until 2017.  I kept a pretty steady pace all year, and am starting to actually feel like I know what I’m doing, and that I’m qualified to go back to some older work and fix the problems that have nagged me for ages.  I shouldn’t tinker with my older stuff as much as I do, but as long as this first series is still being written, I can’t help it; sometimes I have a revelation and I need to correct old bad information.  But that’s fine.  After all, I’m still just self-published.  These books can remain living, changing works as long as I need them to (though I do believe the large-scale changes are now done).

C E Aylett

Probably crap by most people’s standards. I spent most of the year submitting various short stories and my novel (I did spend 18mths prior to that editing said novel). I hate the submissions process: it’s slow, requires a lot of research, and immensely frustrating. I understand why it is this way, but it doesn’t make it any easier! Still, as I wasn’t ready to hop over to another big novel project after finishing my last, turning to shorts and my online classes seemed like a constructive and related distraction. And I also picked up a reasonable amount of editing work. Come the New Year I am putting my next novel up on the top of the priority list.

Beth Aman

Weird.  It was a year when I was kinda in-between projects.  I did some editing, some plotting, and some querying of agents, and altogether not enough writing.  Here’s to a better 2017!

D. T. Nova

Not nearly as productive as I would have liked.

I have made some pretty important decisions about what I’ve been working on, but haven’t done enough to implement them.

Eric Wood

My writing was very productive. I have just surpassed the number of posts I published all of last year. I passed my total views long ago. But the comments have nearly tripled. The comments are what keep me coming back. You all are responsible for that and I thank you!

Jean Davis

2016 had its ups and, well, mostly ups. After two years of not getting much writing done, I’m happy to say this past year was relatively productive, and I hope the next one is even more so. Sahmara was released, The Narvan series got a contract, a few short stories went to print. I have a horde of short stories and novels waiting to be finished and edited and a new novel that popped up during NaNo. If next year goes as well as this, I’ll be quite pleased.

Elizabeth Rhodes

This was the year of loose ends. I started projects but never finished them. I submitted short stories but received few acceptances. 2017 will be better.

Paul B. Spence

Terrible. I didn’t get any new books finished. I only wrote about 80,000 words on three books I’ve been working on, different series. I hope next year that I have time to finish them and get them out.

Cyrus Keith


2016 was an eventful year, in many tragic, significant, and otherwise big ways, and those events more than anything dictated how much time I was able to spend actually creating. As a consequence, I’m almost a year behind my self-imposed deadline of completing my current WIP.

Gregory S. Close

Simple answer for me : it didn’t!  Terrible year for writing.

Tracey Lynn Tobin

I won’t say that I’m terribly disappointed with the way 2016 turned out, because I did get a fair bit done, but there’s also a lot that I wanted to do that didn’t happen, like publishing my second novel (it’s looking like maybe Summer 2017 now). I wrote a fair number of words overall, but they were spread out over a bunch of different projects because I had a hard time focusing this year. Between that and the fact that I was excruciatingly busy with “real” work and the YouTube channel, I definitely feel like the writing aspect of the year could have gone better, but I won’t beat myself up too much. 2017 is another year!

Jay Dee Archer

2016 has been a year of almost no writing, other than blogging. Thanks to a lack of privacy and quiet, I haven’t been able to make much progress. I attempted NaNoWriMo, but that died out quickly. Hoping 2017 is a better year!

How about you?

How was your year in terms of writing, if you’re an author? If not, how was your year in terms of reading? Let us know in the comments below. And Happy New Year!

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?

2014 in Numbers

Let’s look back at the stats for 2014.  I already posted the Annual Report for the year a couple days ago, but I wanted to focus on the actual numbers.

Here are the basic numbers:

  • Total views: 18,801 (4,375 in 2013, 2,531 in 2012)
  • Likes: 3,110 (425 in 2013, 300 in 2012)
  • Comments: 3,005 (321 in 2013, 278 in 2012)
  • Posts: 479 (138 in 2013, 104 in 2012)
  • Busiest day: October 6, 2014 (257 views)
  • Busiest month: December (2,343 views)
  • Least busy month: February (551 views)

Now for some top 10 lists.  There should be some interesting things in here.

Top posts written in 2014:

  1. 613 views – INTJ – An Analysis of My Personality
  2. 329 views – The Power of Introverts – from TED
  3. 160 views – What Will You Write? #1 – Neptune
  4. 114 views – What Will You Write? #2 – Precipice
  5. 105 views – Robin Williams Dead
  6. 102 views – What Will You Write? #7 – Good Fortune?
  7. 93 views – Deadly Eruption at Mount Ontake
  8. 82 views – What Will You Write? #4 – Electrical Box
  9. 77 views – The Best and the Worst of 2013
  10. 75 views – Live-blogging Typhoon Phanfone

Top posts and pages written before 2014 (number of views in 2014):

  1. 645 views – Book Review – Macbeth
  2. 441 views – What does an earthquake feel like?
  3. 314 views – About
  4. 111 views – Are Writers Introverts or Extroverts?
  5. 80 views – Costco – Bulgogi Bake
  6. 52 views – T.G.I. Friday’s – Jack Daniel’s Salmon
  8. 41 views – Word Count
  9. 40 views – Sushiro – Conveyor Belt Sushi
  10. 38 views – Book Review – The Grand Tour: A Traveler’s Guide to the Solar System

Most popular reviews (all years):

  1. 645 views – Macbeth
  2. 38 views – The Grand Tour: A Traveler’s Guide to the Solar System
  3. 37 views – The Kingdom and the Crown
  4. 35 views – The Somali Doctrine
  5. 34 views – 2061: Odyssey Three
  6. 28 views – A Storm of Swords
  7. 28 views – Life, the Universe and Everything
  8. 27 views – Speaker for the Dead
  9. 25 views – The Sword and the Dragon
  10. 25 views – 2001: A Space Odyssey

Number of views by country:

  1. 12,092 views – United States
  2. 1,855 views – Canada
  3. 1,130 views – Japan
  4. 1,088 views – United Kingdom
  5. 433 views – Australia
  6. 318 views – India
  7. 147 views – New Zealand
  8. 114 views – Singapore
  9. 113 views – Norway
  10. 103 views – Germany

There’s plenty that’s interesting there.  Macbeth is not only my most popular review, but also my most popular post.  But in general, my reviews get a modest number of views, while other discussion-based and writing-based posts get more views.  Authors Answer also does quite well, though not in the top 10.

How are your numbers?  Go ahead and post some of your numbers in the comments.  I’ll even accept links to your top posts.  Why not?  Self-promotion is fine!

2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,300 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

I love these summaries.  I should mention that although there were about 4300 visitors in 2013, half of them were in the last 2 months.  The health of this blog has become much better.  I hope to make it an even bigger hit in 2014.

When you read the report, you’ll see that worldsex is a popular search term.  That comes from a Korean search engine, and it points to my 3rd most popular post, Colonising a World: Sex.  I find it funny that a bunch of people are trying to find a sex site, yet they come to mine and find just text describing how a world’s population can grow.

I’ll make a post about what I think should be read on this blog from the past year.

2012 Year in Books

As 2012 closes out, so does the first year of this blog.  I started the year out with a pregnant wife about to give birth, and what do I do?  I start yet another blog dedicated to reading and writing while we have a baby to take care of.  I must have been crazy.  Well, I’m loving doing this blog.

So what happened in 2012?  I finished reading 14 books, most of them in the second half of the year.  I set a target of 12 books and I exceeded it.  I’ll go for 25 next year.

2012 was also the year that I finally became serious about writing books.  I’ve developed so many ideas, though I’m going to concentrate on only 2 of them for now.  I decided to try out self-publishing through Amazon’s Kindle and Smashwords.  I’ve been working on using social media to get myself known.  I still have a lot of work to do on that.

best book of the year

This is a pretty easy topic.  There’s one book I was completely enthralled by, and that would have to be A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin.   I found it refreshing to read, although it took me a long time.  I started reading 3 big epic fantasy series this year, and A Song of Fire and Ice seems to be leading the pack (the others are Wheel of Time and Malazan Book of the Fallen).

worst book of the year

This is a really difficult choice to make.  I didn’t read any bad books.  I enjoyed every book I read.  However, I would have to choose Gunship by John Davis. It’s not that it’s bad, it’s just that it’s a simple, action oriented book with little depth.  I don’t intend to stop anyone from reading it, I think it was a good, light read.  I do recommend reading it, by all means.  But the main thing that didn’t impress me was the lack of editing.

top 13 most popular posts

Why top 13? Numbers 9 to 13 all have the same number of views. The most popular posts on this blog are the following:

  1. Which Shakespearean play should I read? – This was a poll I ran to choose a Shakespearean play to read.  Macbeth won.
  2. What’s the greatest epic fantasy series? – A question for my readers.  Of course, go there and leave a comment!
  3. What is an advanced society? – Are we advanced? See what I say.
  4. What should I read next? – Another poll to ask what I should read.
  5. Book Review – 2001: A Space Odyssey – My most popular review.
  6. Wow! Moment: Killer whales – An incredible event in my life.
  7. My dream writing studio – This is mine, what’s yours?
  8. Why are people afraid of gay marriage? – No reason to be afraid.
  9. A bright comet for 2013 – I’m really looking forward to this!
  10. Another poll. What should I read? – Yup, a poll.
  11. Book Review – A Game of Thrones – My second most popular review.
  12. Random things you may not know about me – Go ahead, find out a bit about me.
  13. Poll: the Sequel – Another poll!

Other noteworthy posts

These are some other posts I think you really should read!

My SF world teaser – I’m writing a science fiction novel.  Here’s a bit about my world.

I am a Geek – Yes, I am.  And I’m proud of it!

What does an earthquake feel like? – I’ve been through many earthquakes in Japan.  This is what it feels like to be in one.

Who are you? – I actually just posted this today.  I still think you should read it and post your comment.

The evolution of alien species – What do you do when you create an alien world?

Goodreads and giving reviews – I suggest to anyone who likes books to join Goodreads!

World creation, development, and planning – This is a big topic, and I think well worth the read.

Well, that’s about it for 2012.  I’m looking forward to 2013, and hopefully a published book!  Thanks for reading, everyone!