Before I get to the insecurity portion of this post, I have a bit of writing news. First, this happened…
There are two things about this award I find especially cool. One, I didn’t even know I was in the running, which means no application process, no checking for updates, and no crossing of fingers. And two, I share the Best Creature Feature Award with Russell R. James’ book Monsters in the Clouds. Russell is a fellow Samhain survivor (I’d say we landed on our feet) and he inadvertently turned my book City of Ghosts into a series when he suggested Kate should have her own novel. The Girl Who Talks to Ghosts is dedicated to him, and rightly so.
On December 3rd, the Hellhole anthology was finally released, and it was a #1 bestseller in its Amazon category. I’ve never been a part of anything that’s hit number one before, so this was pretty exciting. (I suspect Jonathan Maberry has a lot to do with it.) The anthology already has some great reviews, and Sci-Fi and Scary did this fun interview with Hellhole’s female authors, including yours truly. If you check it out, I’d love to hear what you think.
As for insecurities, I’ve got a few. I’m so close to finishing the next book in the GhostWriters instalment, and I have no idea how it ends. Normally, this isn’t a problem for me, but I’d hoped to finish the book this week, and I usually have at least a clue before now. Hopefully Jackson and Kate decide to let me know how to end this sucker soon. I have absolutely no desire to write a Lord of the Rings-style epic.
Also? I’ve decided 2019 is the year I take the plunge and do something I’ve long wanted to do–start a vlog. I’d like to take some of my most popular unsolved mystery posts and delve a little deeper, maybe even answering readers’ questions or responding to comments. As with any new venture, I’m a bit nervous about its potential for success, but I’d like to try something a bit more engaging than the same ol’ blog post. (Though I’ll still keep blogging here as well, which leads me to another insecurity–how to fit it all in.)
Thank you for your support, encouragement, advice, and wisdom this year. I’d love to hear what your goals are for 2019, writing or otherwise. What do you think of the vlog idea? Does it appeal to you? Is it something you’d be willing to check out?
Happy holidays, and all the best in the New Year.
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