Wednesday, 31 December 2014

2014 - End of Year Update

Well it's been an eventful year. I left my office job back in April and began to work as a freelance editor and proofreader. I really love the work, and being my own boss, but I need to try to get more projects flowing in during 2015 if I want to keep doing it full-time. My main work is for new publisher Wayward Ink Publishing, but I've also had several commissions from indie authors.

My own writing has had a real boost in 2014 after the disappointment of Silver Publishing closing. I branched into the realm of M/M literature, writing under an alternate pen name, Asta Idonea. I've had two short stories published in anthologies from Wayward Ink Publishing already, and have two other submissions I am currently waiting to hear back on for 2015 anthologies. Meanwhile, in June I commenced work on a fantasy trilogy, The Ragnarök Chronicles. Six months and 216,000 words later, the trilogy is completed. I didn't find a publisher interested, but I have decided to self-publish. I have already designed the cover and completed the print formatting. I am merely awaiting the CiP information before I commence the final stage of EPUB formatting. If all goes to plan, I hope to release the work early in the new year and will of course post details once it comes out. At the same time, I will also be re-releasing my earlier novella Time Keepers.

In 2015, I hope to rework my past novella, Day-Walker, into a full-length novel, and then self-publish that one too. Plus I have ideas for some other new works brewing in the back of my mind. I'm feeling highly creative lately, and for that I give thanks to Loki, my fiery muse.

2014 was also a good year for me with regards to music and drawing. I wrote a few original songs and have been working hard on my drawing technique. In 2015, I want to continue to work on my shading and blending, and I also plan to have a try at some colour pieces too.

Wishing everyone all the best for 2015!

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