If 2014 was the year of traveling, 2015 has been the year of author events. I discovered, somewhere along the way that there’s a lot of great book community activity around me and I jumped into the middle of it. Even made a new friend on New Year’s Eve.
The other part of this year has been editing my audiobook. I had no idea, when I started, everything that would be involved or how long it would take. My goals for the year were laughable. I was going to publish the audiobook of Tattered Heart by March and publish Enchanted Storms (which didn’t even have a title yet). I was going to complete the first draft of Arizona by June. Then revise and query Arizona in Sept.
I like big goals. And I would have come a lot closer to them if I’d devoted myself to finishing the audiobook more. But it would have meant sacrificing more of my life than I was willing to. It’s a grand project and I’ve learned so much. So Much. It’s been daunting and rewarding and I can’t wait until it’s finished, not just to be done with it but because it’s going to be awesome. And yet, I wouldn’t let it dominate my life (and also work wouldn’t let me). So, I spent some weeks editing for hours and hours and some weeks not touching it at all. I talked about it a lot, because except for writing Enchanted Storms, nearly all year long when I thought of, “what do I need to do?” the answers was always – finish my audiobook.
It will be done by the end of the year. And in the meantime, I’ve lived a bit and met some very cool people.
His Restoration. Everything that was robbed, taken from you, God will restore. This didn’t play out the way I thought. Or hoped. That doesn’t mean it wasn’t true but realizing that I need to reexamine what in my life needed to be restored. Not man’s restoration. When man restores it’s never the same as the original. When God restores it’s greater in quality or quantity or both. Joel 2:25 says God will restore to you the years that the locusts has eaten.
Isaiah 42:22 says “no one says Restore” because if you say restore you have to believe God is a restorer.
Restore your soul, mind, emotions if they’re out of sync with the Holy Spirit. Perhaps that’s where my restoration happened. Not outwardly in what I thought the locusts had stolen but internally getting something sync’d up properly.
Los Angeles. We did Midnight Disneyland (starting at like 9pm until the park closed). It’s a whole different experience and a lot of fun. But next year we’re getting a hotel by the park because the drive is insane.
Then San Francisco for work and friends and family.
Toronto for a few days. The hotel I stayed at had a black out one night from a storm. Well, the whole section of town had the black out and so finding dinner was… interesting.
NovaTeen to see Alethea Kontis again, have Dearest signed and find out that The Woodcutter series will continue (because I need Monday’s story). It was also fun to hear other authors like Tracy Clark, Sarah Raasch and Morgan Rhodes who was hilarious and I kind of adore even though I couldn’t finish Falling Kingdoms.
New Jersey happened but wasn’t that much fun. Dinner at the Bookstore could have been fun.
Oklahoma City. I saw one side of my extended family for a few days which was great. People I both love and like and hadn’t seen in years. We always say we should do it more often for different reasons. One of these days we will. I also finally got to see the Survivor Tree in person which was neat for me.
May was unusually quiet.
AC Gaughen on tour for Lion Heart. The Scarlet trilogy is maybe my favorite series of the year and she was so sweet and so much fun.
Miami was a quick trip with the first of the instagram battles that never happened. Which means, of course, that I won.
Colorado and a lot of old friends. We said we’d all do a better job of keeping in touch and now five months later I intend to.
The outskirts of Chicago so nothing really interesting. Just dinner one night outside beneath a heat lamp because we weren’t willing to wait an hour. But it was still pretty chilly for August.
Andover, MA which is not quite Boston. That instagram battle I actually won and then had a good steak dinner.
Atlanta again. My favorite fish weren’t at the entrance to the aquarium for the first time. But we made some new friends so it was a good night.
Jodi Meadows for The Orphan Queen. I pre-ordered The Orphan Queen for the calligraphy quotes Jodi sent out (how cool is that for a pre-order campaign?!). But then I had an unsigned book in my collection kind of taunting me so I was glad I had the chance to meet Jodi and have it signed. She was inordinately fun answering questions on the panel.
And of course Rick Riordan.
I also participated in my first twitter chat for Truthwitch by Susan Dennard (thanks to Charlene). I had quite a bit of fun.
Leigh Bardugo. Shadow and Bone has its own story too but I haven’t written a blog post for it. In part because my Grisha Trilogy experience is not yet complete. Leigh was hilarious and interesting. But when you try to tweet things like, “How much time have you spent looking for a lady-friend” outside the context of being asked at sci-fi/fantasy conventions why she includes so much romance in her novels, it’s not quite the same. Also, her explaining that Six of Crows will be a two book series but she won’t call it a duology because she hates that word. “It sounds like a facecream. I use Duology.”
Their Fractured Light. It’s kind of fun that I both started and ended the year with Meg and Amie.
My Friday playlist for the year features the first song added by someone other than me. The question is, can you guess which song?
I also did a rather remarkable job of almost posting a blog entry once a week thanks to my fairy tale legacy series. 10 posts in the series and insisting that I have at least something in between them kept me writing and posting. I also learned last year with SciFi Nov that writing posts out while traveling and then editing and scheduling them made the whole thing much more feasible. Let’s see how well I keep up the momentum in 2016…