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A New Beginning

(Crossposted from Jennifer Brozek)

A day late and not a bit sorry. I’ve had family here for New Year’s and it was fabulous. We went to Pike’s Place Market, the Space Needle for brunch, the Chihuly exhibit, drove out to Ocean Shores (and got to see sun, clouds, rain, and snow along the way) where the ocean almost ate our car at high tide. Introduced them to the BBC series Sherlock, and generally had a mighty fine time. But now, it’s time to get back to my writerholic routine.

I’m very much of the opinion that if you don’t know where you’ve been, you don’t know where you’re going. I also believe that if you don’t have a plan, you won’t get to where you want to go. As I am an author, I think of these things in terms of writing. Especially since I’m my own boss. I need something to hold up to myself and say… I did good!

Looking back at 2012



  • New short stories written: 10; 8 sold, 2 pending

  • Total short story subs made:  17; 9 sold, 5 rejected, 2 pending

  • New articles written/published: 6

  • RPG contracts: 8

  • Anthologies edited: 3 (Dangers Untold, Beast Within 3, Coins of Chaos)

  • Total new words written: just over 146,000

  • Things published: 3 fiction books, 10 episodes of the Nellus Academy Incident, 3 RPG products, 4 short stories.



Looking at 2013 (turned in or contracted)



  • Short stories to be published: 5

  • Nellus Academy Incident episodes to be published: 15

  • Anthologies to be published: 2

  • Fiction books to be published: 2

  • RPG books to be published: 2



Goals for 2013



  • Short stories to write: 13 (Book 4 of the Karen Wilson Chronicles)

  • Novelette to write: 1 (“Dreams of a Thousand Young” for Jazz Age Cthulhu, Innsmouth Free Press)

  • Novel to write: 1 (YA book #2)

  • RPG projects: 2 (Colonial Gothic: Roanoke, GRUNTZ fiction ebook)

  • Books to edit: 3 (AIP projects #1, #2, #3)

  • Anthologies to be edited: 2 (Project #1, Project #2)



Not bad for 2012 or for projected 2013. Of course, I’m not all writing, editing, game design, and publishing. No. I’ve got some travel in the mix. Projected conventions: 7. I don’t know for sure if I will make them all but this is what I have planned.



  1. Rainforest Village Writers Retreat, WA – Feb 27 - March 3 (Session 1 attendee)

  2. GothCon, Sweden – March 28-Apr 1 (GoH)

  3. Origins, OH – June 12-16 (Panelist, Dealer)

  4. WesterCon 66, CA – July 4-7 (Panelist, Dealer)

  5. Cascade Writers Workshop, OR – July 25-28  (Guest Speaker)

  6. GenCon, IN – August 15-18 (Panelist)

  7. Convolution, CA – Nov 2-4 (Panelist, Dealer)