Looking Ahead

I've been meaning to make this post for days now, but I've been so busy lately that I keep forgetting to do it until it's too late. But here I am now!

This hasn't been the best year for me in many ways. I did publish Finding Home Again in July, and I had a few good promos early in the year for No Safe Place and The Only One (which got a bit of an overhaul this year, with a new cover back in February, and then a small revamp of formatting and some general cleaning up in November), but for the most part, my books haven't been doing too great.

I think a large part of this has been because I haven't been able to afford any paid promo, and there's only so much I can do for free (which isn't really anything), but I'm hoping this will change in 2018, as I'll be starting another job in January. So hopefully more income means being able to better promote my books and actually get them out there for people to see. I also would like to revamp the cover for No Safe Place, and hopefully I can find what I'm looking for, either in a premade cover, or possibly paying someone to make one for me.

Progress on Crimson Hollow has stagnated a little bit over the past month or so, which I think mostly has to do with stress and my depression getting worse, but again, I'm hoping the new job will help alleviate some of that in the form of less stress over money, and hopefully being able to finally see a therapist and get some help in that arena.

In general, I'm looking forward to 2018. Getting this new job has given me a lot of hope, and I have a lot of plans and dreams for the new year. I'll be making my trip to Virginia at the end of April to coincide with my birthday, and to do some real life research for Crimson Hollow, the first book of which I really hope to have finished by the summer, so I can get started on book two. In August, I'll be seeing Taylor Swift in concert for the first time ever, and I'm really, really excited about that. And, depending on how the new job goes and what my income ends up being, I'm entertaining the idea that I may even get to move into my own place, which could potentially be a huge boon in terms of how productive I am with my writing.

It's always nice to have things to look forward to, even if they're small or short-term things, because it gives me something to work towards, and something to be excited about. They get me closer to the bigger dreams.

I know this post would've been better suited as a New Year's Eve kind of thing, but it's been ages since I updated this thing, and I just wanted to share my excitement over these new changes in my life.

I hope everyone is having happy holidays, no matter what you celebrate!


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