It’s the last day of Twenty Fifteen, and a lot of retrospective blogs are popping up in my feed. To them I say “Happy New Year!” as well. I wish them the best while I look back at what the past year has brought me.
Twenty Fifteen came with some big challenges. It has been a year of honing my craft and sticking with it through a lot of adversity. Those challenges have helped me to become a better writer. And I’m still improving, hoping that I’ll never stop finding new ways to grow and write! That said, I’ve also gotten my name out here and there as I share my writer’s journey. I’ve made some fans, and that is a wonderful feeling even if I can count them on one hand. I’ve also helped some people down their own writing paths, and that provides a great sense fulfillment to me.
In hard and real terms, Twenty Fifteen saw me make many accomplishments. Let’s start with my blogs…
Here on Aethereal Engineer, I’ve published over two-hundred posts in Twenty Fifteen and had about twenty-eight hundred page-views from roughly sixteen-hundred visitors. That averages out to an over six-hundred percent growth in my readership over Twenty Fourteen!
On my story blog Aethereal Engines, I gathered slightly more than seventeen-hundred views from about seven-hundred visits this year. That’s pretty good considering it’s from just nineteen short story posts published unevenly over twelve months. Compared to Twenty Fourteen, Aethereal Engines had a growth of over two-hundred percent, and tripled the numbers of readers that it had at this time last year!
And now, the thing that authors should pay close attention to… their writing.
In Twenty Fifteen, I’ve written and released eight short-stories publicly on Aethereal Engines: A Hymnal upon the Wind (January), The Showroom (February), Method One, Standard. (March), Out to Pasture (April), Adraxis Alas Asmon (June), Rumble at the Red Rock Tavern (July), Angel – A Short Story of the Un-Dead (August) and Elanni (November).
In addition to my released work in Twenty Fifteen, I started four projects that I’m still working on. Oo-De-Lally is a growing novella close to ten-thousand words and four chapters long after edits. Allied Section Alpha: Raid on the Château de la Malartrie is five chapters and over fifteen thousand words with much more to come. My pirate story The Brynesmark is at the eight-thousand word mark and targeted to be completed in January. And the latest creation of mine, the science-fantasy space opera PRINCE OF STARS that I started in December, is growing past nine-thousand words.
Tallied all together, I’ve written about 70,000 words of fiction in Twenty Fifteen, not inclusive of the editing and drafting processes. If I include supporting writing work for fiction (notation, worldbuilding) and add in the non-fiction “writing on writing” I do with Aethereal Engineer, and I’ve written well over 100,000 words this year! That’s about two slim novels or one thick epic… Can you believe that before I wrote this post I was getting depressed thinking that I hadn’t accomplished much this year? It just goes to show that writing every day, even if it is just a little, DOES add up! :-)
Also in Twenty Fifteen…
- I received the first illustrations of original characters I had written: Moannette and Rurrn. It was amazing!
- I was invited to speak as an author and guest on a podcast for the first time in July, and have been invited back several more times since!
- I recorded an audiobook of Angel – A Short Story of the Un-Dead in October that I shared on YouTube, and it turned out really great! People have been telling me I have a “radio voice” for years and it was about time that I started putting it to use in telling my tales. :-D
- Finally, I became a moderator for a 15,000 member community of fantasy writers on Reddit in November, after being an active contributor there since Twenty Fourteen. Now I get to help many other writers in their creative journeys, and have some fun at the same time!
All-in-all, not a bad year for someone devoting sixty hours a week to the corporate grind and writing only when they can. Not bad for someone who in the last six months of Twenty Fifteen lost their house, then secured and moved to a better replacement dwelling that’s needed lots of fixing-up since… Not bad at all!
Look-out Twenty Sixteen! Jason is going to open up a can of awesome for you, then serve you cake!