At the start of 2016, I posted about my writing goals for the year. This post is an update on how those goals went, my plans for 2017, and some nifty news.

News

First off, I had a baby in November. Our family is doing well through the sleepless nights and screaming fits. It’s a wonderful adventure being a new mom, though as I get used to this role I won’t be doing as much writing. I’ve also spun off the typing branch of my business to other contractors, and I’m on a hiatus from editing projects.

Second, my poem “Defender Prime” was nominated for the Science Fiction Poetry Association’s Rhysling Award. This is an honor I totally wasn’t expecting, so needless to say I’m thrilled.

Status of Last Year’s Goals

Final Endurance Book: DONE!
Wet Ducks came out in June, and I published the complete series anthology in September. The anthology made Amazon’s bestseller list in the scifi anthologies category, reaching as high as #3, and was in the top three hot new releases for that category for a month. Reviews have been positive, and I’m so grateful to each of you who bought and/or reviewed the series!

Nonfiction Bible Study Book: MOSTLY DONE!
I completed this book’s first draft in the winter and had it edited by beta readers in the spring. It’s in a semifinal draft state right now, awaiting one last look before I officially declare it done.

Epic Science Fantasy Novel: NOT DONE!
I wrote about half of this novel before an idea for an urban fantasy novel came into my head and wouldn’t go away. I was having some plot problems with the epic, so I set it aside to percolate and instead wrote the urban fantasy. I got most of the way through it before baby came, and I’ve been working on it here and there since then. Much of that work has consisted of revising what I’ve already written and reshaping the plot and characters, so while I’m about 85 percent through the writing, it’s probably in third or fourth-draft condition.

TL;DR I didn’t write this book, but I wrote another one instead.

2017 Goals

First, I want to finish the urban fantasy novel. Once that’s been reviewed by beta readers, I’ll start submitting it to agents.

Then I plan to move back to the epic science fantasy. With an infant in the house, I’m not sure I’ll be able to finish it, but if I can complete most of a draft by the end of the year I’ll be pretty stoked.

Here’s hoping all of you met your 2016 goals and have set some exciting ones from the coming year!

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