Wednesday, 2 December 2015

IWSG - December 2015

Well, here we are at the final IWSG posting of December 2015. This year seems to have gone by in a flash for me - more on that below. First of all, if you don't know what the Insecure Writer's Support Group is, it's a highly recommended monthly bloghop for all writers - where we can share our various fears and worries without fear of being judged. It's the brainchild of Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh, and the co-hosts for the December posting are Sandra HooverMark KoopmansDoreen McGettiganMegan Morgan and Melodie Campbell.


So yeah. December. With the end of the year upon us, it feels like a good time to reflect on where we are and how far we have come. I thought I would get more writing done this year. I just, yesterday, wrote an outline for the third book in my YA trilogy. I think I've finally found an angle that will make the threat in this book more of a threat, rather than being dispatched with easily. So that's good. I thought I would have the book written by now, but life doesn't always work like that. This year, many things have been going on that aren't about writing, and that's okay. We moved to a house that feels much more comfortable for us, and which has given us all a fresh start. Got another puppy at the beginning of the year who's slotted into the pack well with his endearing cheekiness. I started a full-time editing gig, and my wife is running two home businesses that I also help out with. My older stepdaughter started a new college course closer to home that is working out much better for her. So there's a lot on our plate, but it's all good stuff. Sometimes you need time away from a project for it to properly come together. I'm still happy with the short stories I wrote this year, but this month, and next year, are definitely going to be about writing this book. I'm thinking about keeping myself accountable here, with goal updates and wordcounts. We'll see.

In other news, I didn't participate in NaNoWriMo this year, but congratulations to any of you who did, whether you completed 50,000 words or not. It's always an exhilarating, worthwhile experience.

And finally, I'm feeling bittersweet because I just finished reading The Shepherd's Crown, the final book in the wonderful Discworld series by Terry Pratchett. What can I say? Funny, nostalgic, heartbreaking, warm, uplifting, inspiring, and more. The end of my favourite series by my favourite author, that I've been reading for over 25 years. I'm going to try to get a review together soon to post here.

How are you feeling about life and writing as we near the end of 2015?

Don't forget to check out the other great IWSG contributors here!

46 comments:

Annalisa Crawford said...

You know what you have to do when you reach the end of a 25 year old series... You start reading it all over again ;-)

I'm glad you've had a positive year--albeit with new challenges. Have a great December!

Nicola said...

What a great year you've had, Nick! I often feel a little lost when I've finished reading something I have really enjoyed. But that is what makes the author credible! So hands off to Terry Pratchett. I wonder if he writes with his hat on? Hmmm. Wishing you and the family a wonderful December and a brilliant Christmas!!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Nick - it's good to find all the things about life slotting into place for you all ... and I include the puppy in that grouping! So pleased to read this - and you've lots going on too. Good luck with your WIPs ... sounds like the whole is coming together ...

I've never been able to get into Terry Pratchett - but perhaps your review will help ... all the best - cheers Hilary

Shah Wharton said...

A busy and productive year behind you and ahead of you too, hopefully! Well done Nick :)

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L. Diane Wolfe said...

Sometimes other things in life take priority, and that's okay. We can reset our goals and start again.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

It sounds like things are going well overall, Nick! Good luck with the novel work in the new year. :)

David P. King said...

Not sure how I feel about life and writing as the year ends (more on that when my post goes up), but I'm putting my best self forward. Best to your writing goals in the coming year! :)

betty said...

I never heard of Terry Pratchett until after his death; I'll have to check out some of his writings in the new year.

You did a lot this year and managed to survive both a new puppy and a move in the same year!! You and your wife sound super busy too between all the different business adventures!

Good idea to do a little bit of accountability with your writing on your blog; at least seeing it in writing here might help you get more of what you want written in the new year :)

betty

Karen Walker said...

Hi Nick,
Sounds like you've had a full plate, so I think it's wonderful that you accomplished so much despite that. Good luck with the last part of your trilogy. And happy happy holidays.

The Cynical Sailor said...

Sounds like things have been full on at home. Especially getting a new puppy. They're so adorable, but a lot of work. Thanks for the words of encouragement for NaNoWriMo participants. Cheers - Ellen

Sherry Ellis said...

It's hard to believe we're at the end of the year already. It sounds like you've had a productive one. A new house and a puppy are a big deal, too!

Hope 2016 is another productive year for you!

Tamara Narayan said...

I'm proud of the stories I released in 2015, chagrined by the marketing aspect, and hopeful that I will do better in 2016.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sounds like you took the year to get life into place, and that's all right.

Cherie Colyer said...

I really need to catch up on Pratchett's work. He's such a wonderful writer. Congrats on finding the angle for your book. That's always a great feeling. :)

Laura Clipson said...

I also thought I would get more writing done this year. I've actually written very little, but I'm sure I'll get more done next year :)
Good luck getting your book finished!

Jennifer Hawes said...

I feel like I'm ending the year right. Lots of writing this past month and looking forward to this month. Maybe i can finish one of the books I started for NaNo!

Juneta Key said...

Sounds like a productive year for you congratulations. Best wishes in the coming year. I am hoping 2016 to my writing year.

Happy Holidays
Juneta @ Writer's Gambit

Liz A. said...

Even good things can be stressful, especially when they mess with our routines. Sounds like you've had a good year. And the writing will come back when things settle. It always does.

J E Oneil said...

Sounds like it's been a busy year for your family. And even if you aren't as far along as you wanted to be (life gets so in the way), you're making progress :)

Loni Townsend said...

I'm glad things are working out with family. And I know you can do it in 2016. You'll get your book written, and probably some more shorts in between. :)

M Pax said...

You do have a lot going on. Seems things are settling for you and your family which is great. I don't want to reflect on this year. Not at all.

dolorah said...

I might have to start reading Discworld; I've heard so much about it. This year has had its ups and downs for me also. I'm looking forward to seeing what next year has in store.

JeffO said...

Life has a way of messing in with all our plans, doesn't it? Sounds like you've had a lot of positive changes, though. Here's to 15 going out and 16 coming in. Enjoy the holiday season!

Patricia Lynne said...

I can't believe it's the end of the year. Where did it go? I feel like I got little accomplished, but I know that's not true. I plan on recapping the goals I set at the beginning of the year and making new ones for next year. It definitely kept me accountable.

Mark Koopmans said...

Sounds like you're in a good place literally, and well literally :)

Best of luck wrapping your head around your business and writing projects and here's to a jolly grand 2016!

And, why not, right :)

Best regards,

Mark (IWSG co-host, author and certified slacker:)

Medeia Sharif said...

There are so many wonderful things going on for you. It's important to be settled. When I settled into my current home, it was a big shift at first, but then my productivity went up. Distance and planning are also important for our projects.

jamieayres.com said...

Great post . . . I reflected on 2015 too :-) Cheers to hopefully another good year coming!

E. Arroyo said...

I didn't participate in NaNo this year. I was deep in rewrites. I missed it though. I've been meaning to pick up that series every since I took one of those Facebook surveys that said I could live well in that world. Hm... =) Here's to a great new year and good things to come!

Heather R. Holden said...

Wow, you've had a busy year! No wonder writing had to take a backseat sometimes. Best of luck with your book in 2016!

Liza said...

My writing has slowed. I had hoped to finish the first draft of the novel I'm working on by the end of this month, but by the way it is going, it's not going to happen. I haven't got the pacing right, and just have to let it percolate until I understand how to fix it. I need to hold myself accountable, too. Good luck with all your future goals, writing and otherwise.

Mary Aalgaard said...

Sounds like you have lots of good happening in your life. Keep writing at whatever pace works for you. I know how you feel when ending a series by a favorite author. I look forward to your review. I'm a little behind, but I have ideas on how to kick start the new year of writing and living a creative life.
Thanks for visiting my blog.

EEGiorgi said...

third books are so hard, I'm plotting one myself and decided to postpone until the holidays to give myself more time ... so congrats on having new fresh ideas! :-)

Melissa said...

I like that - a lot on your plate, but all good stuff. Mine's not ALL good, but most of it is. It sounds like you've got your work cut out for you, but in a good way. Best wishes that things continue to go your way.

Lynda R Young said...

Life definitely doesn't always work out the way we plan. But it sounds like, despite all that, yours is coming together and on track toward your goals.

Stephanie Faris said...

We moved this year, too--it always feels like a big accomplishment when you're in a new, better home as the new year begins!

Cathy Keaton said...

Sorry to hear you haven't gotten a lot of writing done this year. Life sounds good for you, anyway, and you can always resolve to write more next year.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Thank you for sharing your life and writing journey, Nick!
I think it's important to live life fully and well and it sounds like that's what you've been doing this year with a new home, a new puppy, and lots of home business work! Wow!

I'm sure that all of those experiences will enrich your writing!
Huzzah for a new angle, too! :)

Merry Christmas, Happy End of 2015, and Happy New Year! :)

Stephen Tremp said...

Hey Nick, I feel pretty darn good about writing as we close out 2015. I released a book and re-edited a previous trilogy to release next month, and outlined a new series. So I feel really good.

Deniz Bevan said...

Ooh, I like these year-end posts. We always get so much done and live through so much and don't give ourselves credit at the time...


That does sound bittersweet -- I'm rereading The Lord of the Rings again :-)

Christine Rains said...

Such wonderful things to celebrate. We recently added to our household, too, adopting two cats from the local shelter. They're settling in nicely and will make the holidays all the more fun. Writing went well for me this year even with my nagging voices saying I'm not doing enough.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Sounds like your family had a good year personally and professionally. 2015 was pretty good for us with a little stress mixed in when my daughter was in the middle east but it's all good now.

Shell Flower said...

It sounds like you've had a really positive year, despite not feeling you wrote enough. You've published a book of your stories, found a new normal, and are doing a job that sounds totally great. It's a win/win no matter what the word count. I hope the writing continues to happen and that you have a wonderful holiday season.

Michelle Wallace said...

Sounds like it's been a great year, Nick.
Busy and productive.
Good luck with that third book in your YA trilogy.
I've never tried NaNo. I MAY still do it one of these years. Just for the experience. The thing is I write too slow...we'll see.
Happy Holidays!

Shannon Lawrence said...

It sounds like you've been busy and gotten a lot done this year. Come to think of it, I should probably go check to see if I set some annual goals for writing this year. Whoops!

S.P. Bowers said...

I'm half way through THE SHEPHERD'S CROWN. Terry Pratchett will be missed.

D Biswas said...

Sounds like a worthwhile year! Wishing you a very happy season of blessings, and a wonderful new beginning.