The Year That Was & The Year That Will Be

Wow, it’s 2016 already?! I hope you guys had a great time over the holidays and you partied/ got drunk/ had hot monkey sex/ read tonnes of books/ watched lotsa movies or did whatever made you happy. I slept through the new year and… yeah, basically I just slept. And ate cake. And watched LGBT short films on YouTube. And ate cake.

I guess it’s time for that previous year/ upcoming year round up that I kept putting off. This was supposed to be up on December 30, but I don’t call myself a procrastinator without reason.

2015, especially after March 2015, was a great year for me, and a particularly important one too– because this was when I discovered Goodreads, and the MM Romance Group’s Don’t Read in the Closet event. I wrote 2 stories for the Love is an Open Road event, both of which, different as they are, got good responses. I’m pretty thrilled about that. I also made a lot of friends– cool people who have been at this longer than I am–and I feel like this is what really made my year better. All the people I’ve met so far are friendly and helpful and so nice, I feel happy and blessed to have them in my life. Hopefully, my friends circle will expand further in 2016. I’m looking forward to meeting new people.

One important lesson I learned the past year– it never hurts to ask. I asked the DRitC mods if they could change some stuff in my books, and they did that for me. I asked Debbie McGowan if I could design covers for authors who needed them at BTP (just because I was bored and felt like doing something on Photoshop), and I got 4 gigs: two for JP walker, and 2 for Larry Benjamin. I wasn’t doing it for a fee, but I did get paid, and I’m thankful for that.

More information on covers can be found at decorousanarchystudios.wordpress.com!

Apart from writing and photoshopping, I also read a lot of books– almost 250+. A lot of them were great, a few were bad, because of course, not everything you read is going to be super-duper awesome, and that’s okay. The important thing is to read. When I read a really great book, I analyse what I like about it, and try to imporove my own writing skill based on that. When I read the bad books, I see what I shouldn’t do. Basically, the more I read, the more I learn, and hopefully, the more I improve.

But of course, I also need to write a lot to improve. Which is why I have plans to write more this year. I’m writing one 10k word story for an anthology, and then there’ll be Kaapi, the second book in the Love Like Coffee series (which I’ll have available for free). The sequel to Scar (titled Stain) will be out sometime later, I think, perhaps in June? And then I’ll probably try writing for more anthologies.

I also might convert a few of my AU fanfics into stand alone stories. I don’t want to remove them from my fanfiction.net account, so I’m going to self publish them for free. So that’s two more stories to look forward to from me.

Hmm, what else, what else… oh yes! I’m going to try to be a bit more regular with my Thursday’s Tiny Tales installments. It’s nice to write those things (and it adds content to my blog/website), and people seem to like them. The plan is that once I have a sizeable number, I’ll combine them into a volume and publish them, so people can have all of them in one place.

I’ve also spoken to a friend about making a website (I like my current one, but I won’t deny a professional website will be better), so that’s another thing to look forward to (for me atleast, haha)!

The upcoming year is packed full, especially since I’m also graduating college this year and applying for Master’s programs, but we’ll see how things turn out, eh?

Follow me on twitter @deeromance to see what I’m up to. I don’t blog regularly, but I do tweet at least once every 2 days, so I guess that’s a more reliable method of keeping updated. I also share interesting stuff I see on the net, so you should follow me for that at least, if you’re not interested in my boring life 😛

That’s it for now, and I wish everyone a very happy and productive year ahead!

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