Well, like most of you, my 2017 sucked. Or kinda sucked. I don't want to compare. Some people had VERY bad moments/events/tragedies this year. The weather saw to a lot of disasters, some of which were in my area of the PAC NW. So again, my year stunk.... but was not THAT bad. I guess...
See, last Feb., I found out my my was terminally ill. And that went on until Oct. (10-11 months) when she finally passed. It was very stressful for all. I don't like when people or animals suffer, and I feel like my mom was suffering for a while. So her passing was hard, but in some ways a blessing. I really don't know how to put it. It is still fresh. I have not really fully processed it yet.
During this time, most of 2017, I could not write as much as I normally do. I am a fast and furious writer... with daily word counts that make the pros jealous. But not this year. This year saw me taking time off and not being very creative.
I painted a lot. To get my mind off things. That was good and it's true, art therapy works. But I would have liked to written much-much more.
That being said, since middle Oct. I have been writing more. I was ghost writing for a company for two months, having fun with it, but then that fell apart...don't get me started with how the industry continuously lets me down. Let's just say this. I nailed my projects, and the books I wrote and helped write are doing great online....
What about all my other projects?
Three Burning Red Runaway Brides - book three in the Water Kingdom Series is 1/3 written. Late 2018 release. Cover art is done and ready.
The sequel to The Lifeblood of Ill-fated Women is just started, but mentally plotted out. Hopes for an early 2019 release.
My Young Davy Crockett MG/YA book is done and I should be pitching it to publishers again...soon. This is a fun read. I think its a no-brainer for a small press publisher. If it does not find one soon I might self pub. Not sure.
The Soul Born Saga - Soul Born was re-edited this year and submitted to a highly interested small press publisher. I hope she picks it up. I think Soul Born needs to be back at a good small press.
And I might be in the middle of another Ghost Writing project. Maybe. It's a secret. :)
What are my plans for 2018?
Well, I hope to get back on my schedule of writing 4-5 days a week. And I hope to start getting my already published books more exposure. I need more readers and more reviewers. So if you know any, send them my way.
I will finish the Water Kingdom Series which will tie up one story. But will open the door to the Fire Kingdom Series.
I plan to nearly finish the LBIFW sequel too. And maybe re-edit Blood Divided in the Soul Born Saga.
I will continue to be doing little painting projects and custom painting Castle Grayskulls for fun.
In my opinion, 2017 made it hard to see the future. It muddied everything up. It's hard to think years in advance now. Even hard to think months in advance. I guess I take things more day to day now. But I have hopes people will start being nice to each other again. Get off social media and go outside and enjoy nature. Maybe even sit outside in the fresh air and read a book.
Write Makes Might!
Kevin James Breaux
Thursday, January 4, 2018
2017 in Review. One word: "Yuck...."
Kevin James Breaux has written seven books and devoted the past ten years of his life to crafting short stories and novels. He is a member of the Horror Writers Association, and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Breaux is always enthusiastic about the challenge writing presents. He lives by the motto “Write Makes Might!”© and sees each new page as an opportunity to improve and advance.