Together we traveled around the Sun and have made it to a new year. Rather than dwell on the trials from the previous year, I’d like to set aside some time to reflect on the wonderful things that happened in the last 365 days, and determine my goals for the upcoming year.
First and foremost, I became a published author. It has been a dream of mine to produce creative work for people to enjoy, and this year I bit back my nerves and went for it. That first acceptance email was a shock, but the second was even more of one. Hooray, Impostor Syndrome! There wasn’t some poetic muse in me that was demanding attention; I was driven by a need to figure out if I actually could write stories that people would enjoy. Six short stories in print later, I think I’m doing alright.
Second, the stories I wrote were stories I never imagined I’d ever write. I’m not a sci-fi fan by any stretch of the imagination (Star Wars is the exception; I gave Doctor Who and Star Trek a fair shake), and yet I now can say that I have a short story included in an erotic sci-fi collection. I’m not an elderly woman, nor am I a cancer survivor, but one of my characters is both of those. Stretching myself to write not only erotic fiction, but delve into characters that are unexpected, has been a truly rewarding experience.
Third, I learned that lulls are perfectly normal. In the wake of the US Presidential Election, there were many voices saying that artists need to keep creating despite the incoming uncertainty. I will admit it now: I retreated. It wasn’t until mid-December that I actually got back into writing creatively, and should that story get picked up, readers will note at how different in tone and style it is. It’s not that I felt defeated; it was more that I was deflated. I’d spent the majority of my spare time in 2016 writing that I neglected reading. I wanted to indulge in other stories in the waning weeks of the last year.
Now, however, it’s time to look forward. In the short term, there are some items of note. On January 17 of this new year, my seventh short story will be released. It is included in the Sexy Little Pages collection titled Sacred and Profane: Priest Erotic Romance, edited by Torrance Sené. I do hope that readers will enjoy the collection; I know I certainly will. Then, on February 9 of this year, I will be in Baltimore for a reading of Best Women’s Erotica of the Year, Volume 2. This will be my first reading, so please be gentle. In the long term, I hope to edit an anthology, write a novel, and of course read a great deal.
Until next time, happy reading!