I was planning on doing this in another week or so, but with working on Die Laughing and the usual stuff going on over Christmas, I thought it better now. So 2014 and all that.
Publication wise, it's been a bit quiet. A couple of short stories found a home, but no novels, sadly. On the other hand, there are still a few submissions I'm yet to hear back for so I can't write those off yet.
Writing wise, it's been a year of ups and downs. Myrefall proved a total nightmare to write; the novella I wrote after the first draft of Myrefall kicked my arse was marginally easier (and now has the working title of Ascent) although both will require a lot of work in the new year. If you've read any of my recent posts, you'll know most of the last few months has been taken up by work on Die Laughing. It's been harder than I thought to get every story as I want although that's probably a good thing. For a few reasons, I want this collection to be as close to perfect as I can get it. Obviously, I'm publishing it on my own, and while there are some great self-published books available, there are also some not so great (working in a library means I see my fair share). I don't want Die Laughing lumped in with the second load, so it needs to shine. Another reason is I've never done anything like this before. It's a bit of an experiment to see how it goes with just me behind it. In any case, writing, re-writing, getting feedback and critiques from other writers and an editor friend has taken a lot more time and energy than I expected.
Mirror of the Nameless continues to get a few decent reviews which is nice enough in itself but as The Red Girl and 'Set are now no longer available (no idea what's going to happen with those two in the future. Something, hopefully), it's a great pick me up to hear people like that one. I do, too. And while I don't have any immediate plans to return to that world, I never say never.
But enough looking back. 2015 is on its way. Die Laughing should be available some time in late January. Once that's published, I'll obviously be promoting it through guest posts and interviews (and if you read it, you can always do me the major large of posting honest reviews and telling others). Writing plans - back to Myrefall and Ascent. Probably the novella first. I'm still thinking a Die Hard meets Jacob's Ladder sort of thing. We'll see how it goes. And even though Myrefall has repeatedly kicked my arse, I'll finish the damn thing and come up with the version I like. After that, it's brand new stuff because there are always monsters to write about as well as the people who will either face those monsters or die trying.
Oh, and that Lovecraft story I mentioned with the three versions that all sucked the big one? I finished a fourth and subbed it this evening.
Merry Christmas and a happy new year.