This past year has been the busiest year of my life. As I look back on the past 18 months, I’m determined to grow in all areas over the next year. Here’s a few major things I’ve been able to accomplish since the beginning of 2013:
February 2013: Finished writing The Earth Bleeds Red (2nd book, 1st novel)
April 2013: Signed my first publishing deal
July 2013: Moved from Oregon to Georgia with 4 kids, an overpacked minivan, and a one-eyed pug
September 2013: Launched a business: Name Brand Thrift
October 2013: The Earth Bleeds Red was released
August 2014: Finished writing The Lights Will Never Fade
As I look back at this timeline of accomplishments/major life events, I’m both joyful and troubled. I’m happy that I was able to achieve several goals, but disappointed that it took me so long to finish writing my next novel. If I had kept writing at my regular pace, I would have finished writing it in September 2013, and finished the next book that I’m only beginning now. It feels as though I’ve lost a year of writing.
It wasn’t because of laziness, however. I’ve been finishing up school at Oregon State and growing the business I started last year. I couldn’t believe how quickly it took off and absolutely love working from home and doing something that brings me joy.
Now that the business is where it is, I’m able to devote regular time to reading and writing again. It feels like my life has more of a balance.
I’m trying to decide if I want to go through the query process again of trying to find a lit agent or publishing company, or if I want to self-publish and avoid the long waits and frustrations of traditional publishing.