Wednesday, January 3, 2024

Survived Another Year (#IWSG January 2024)

So I had a rough end to 2023. In November the family came down with Covid and we were sick for weeks. I was sure I had long Covid, but turns out that I had actually developed an unrelated sinus infection (which I do not recommend), and my wife and daughter had strep throat. That was a lot of bugs going through our house! We had a course of antibiotics and finally cleared up in time for Christmas, but it was a close one.

Fortunately, I had mostly finished my annual Christmas book for the kids before the illnesses struck. As a reminder, every years for the past five or six years I've written a book for my kids and nieces to give to them at Christmas. As they've gotten older, the books have gotten longer and more involved. This year there was actually no illustrations (thank god), but it was about 50,000 words long. Which is a lot for something that will likely only ever be read by half-dozen people.

This is last year's. This is possibly the most work I've ever put into a book.

Last year I finished the Pokémon arc (which, by the way, met with mixed reviews because it had a rather dark, bittersweet ending - I don't sugarcoat things just because it's a kids book!), so this year I started a new series based on their Dungeons & Dragons campaign. Like our games, it started off with a lot of random nonsense, including numerous characters dying, before settling into a more traditional fantasy story. I'll have to let you know how it was received at another time, as they haven't all finished reading it yet.

Like I said, nonsense.

Looking toward the New Year, I think I should have the next Gale Harbour book out before the calendar turns over again. Still have a lot of revising to do, but nothing insurmountable. 

This is my tenth year in self-publishing. I don't know if I've hit my goals, because I never had a clear outline for what I wanted to accomplish. Sure, there are vague daydreams of making tons of money and quitting the day job, but that's never been the focus. I'm kind of amazed that I'm still going at all, to be honest. I don't have many hobbies that have lasted ten years. Except writing itself, which I don't really consider a "hobby." It's just something I have to do, whether I publish or not. 

Okay, that's all for now. I'm going to try to get back to a regular blogging schedule, so I hope to see y'all soon. Best wishes for your 2024!

Hugs & kisses,

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Natalie Aguirre said...

I'm glad your family is finally healthy. I hope you have a healthier 2024. And congrats on your new book.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sorry you were all sick before Christmas. I had several friends who were sick that day, so glad everyone healed before that day.
Dig the title of your D&D book!

PT Dilloway said...

Glad you're over all that. That's a really cool idea to write a book for your family. I'd do that but they'd never read it. lol Happy New Year!

Deniz Bevan said...

Happy to hear you're all better! And wow, congratulations on writing a book each Christmas, I'll bet the kids love it <3

Loni Townsend said...

Oof. That sucks with the illnesses. I'm glad you're all on the mend now. Awesome work with getting your Christmas book done. Sounds like fun. I hope this year is kinder to you than last year!

Birgit said...

First...Happy New Year! What you do is more than a hobby and like my mom and her Faberge style eggs...that was not just a craft...she had to be creative. It is what you are! I think you have accomplished quite a bit to be honest...more than most so you should be proud of what you do and, I bet. They look forward to your books.
Sorry to hear about the illnesses and that dreaded sinus infection which I have had I the past. Not fun at all! I. Glad you all were better for Christmas and you are back in form now.all the beat!

Patricia JL said...

Hubby came down with a cold just before we had to drive down to Mississippi. Luckily, it was just a cold and not Covid that would have canceled the trip.

Computer Tutor said...

A book a year--and 50k is a lot to write! I'm duly impressed, and happy you're on the mend.

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