As I say hello to 2014, it's only fitting to say one last goodbye to 2013. It was a very good year--and one which taught me a few things:
1. Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. And by Santa Claus I mean a woman with whom I am madly in love. We married in July and care for a half-dozen kids in our home. And--AND I am very happy. Yes, it can happen like this. It does every day.
2. I can still write. I've had to shake away some rust (some of my work hasn't been my best), but the desire is there--not the feverish drive it once was, but that came from managing demons as much as desire to tell stories. Now, I have the desire, but the demons are not snapping at my heals. This is a better seat from which to write.
You can read the first published piece I penned after my hiatus at Weirdyear. It's a bit of flash I call "Doubt"--and I'd be thrilled it you'd give it a read.
3. Even while I spent more than a year on hiatus, books and stories continued to sell via Smashwords and Amazon. Upon returning, I've found Amazon a much more crowded landscape than ever. My sales through Smashwords and its affiliates were roughly flat. Considering I spent zero time promoting my writing for the majority of 2013, I find that quite interesting. I actually broke down my numbers (which weren't record breaking in any way), and found a few interesting tidbits. My top five paid sellers* were as follows:
|A Feast of Flesh: Tales of Zombies, Monsters, and Demons||141|
|Violent Ends: Horror Stories||120|
|Thirteen Shadows: Ghost Stories||76|
|The Bottom Feeders and Other Stories||74|
|Write Hard: Prompts, Prods, and Pep-Talks for Writers||26|
4. I missed shouting at the universe via this blog, Twitter, and the InterwebTM in general.
5. I have much more to say before I take the big dirt nap. Years and years of stories to tell. Will you listen?
My 2014 goals are forthcoming. Really.
*for the past two years, I've donated every dime of my net Smashwords earnings to local and international charities. No writer's work is paid what it is "worth" but I can make my work worth more in terms of education, food, and healthcare in the right hands. Heifer International and Health Care Access are two of my favorites.