Excelsior! Part 2

(Part 1 was my last post of last year.)

So …

It’s been a wild year, writing-wise and otherwise. Writing was tough, and touch-and-go at times. I ran into some stress late in the year when things went wrong, and for the first time in five years, I did not complete my NaNoWriMo project (to write 50K words in November).

I still felt like I had solid production, topping out around 481K words, though I did not have solid consistency. I bounced all over the place, off a bunch of different targets. I have a slew of books unfinished or half-finished. So now for a summary. First let’s start with the good stuff.

The Holly Sisters

– I finished the trilogy in March with Sylvan Valley Aflame, after adding a few thousand words early this year. It didn’t get a lot of reads but those who liked the first book seemed to enjoy the rest of it too.

– And on that note, good news, I am 35K words into the first book of a new Sydney series … well, maybe a series. It will either be one chunky book or a duology of two shorter books. TBD. Either way, I am hoping to have it out in the second half of 2022.

The Sentinel

This is a big project for me, and is kind of taking some time. I might have the first book out in 2023, depending on how much work I get done this year. It’s very grim compared to my other work. Still planning on about four books to finish it.

– I added 20K words to the first book, and finished the first draft of the second book with another 60K words, which is now around 100K.

Tales of Bleakwater

This was something new I started, for when other inspiration is not working. The stories concern a cynical middle-aged cat burglar named Kayla, living in the dangerous city of Bleakwater. It’s going to be an open-ended series of novellas, though I’ll be releasing some material for the saga for free. I wrote and revised the first one, though an early reader has suggested some good tweaks I need to make. I should have the first one, No Rest for Wicked Thieves (about 37K words) out in the first quarter of 2022, and aiming for having another out at the end of the year.

Sequel to Pilgrimage to Skara

– I swore I would do a sequel to this story, even though it wasn’t received well. Hey, maybe I can redeem the character arcs. Anyway, for the handful of people who did enjoy it and asked for a sequel, I am still committed to doing it. I started and stalled, unsure which way I want to go at this point, but I am 45K words into it. I want to finish this year.


– I added about 30K words in edits to my interconnected romance series. I really, really want to start getting these things in print.

– I started the fifth one and got 40K into it (my NaNoWriMo project) before I fell apart.

Adult Writing

– Almost 175K words nine different stories. It is amazing how much reading and attention this gets. Since the romances are steamy too (though less so), I hope this will translate some readership when they are published. No, I will not reveal my pen name.


I also cracked out a bunch of smaller pieces, some writing challenges I do with friends, and such. Those totaled about 33K over the year.

Muse: You realize those numbers don’t add up to 481K, right?

Rounding errors, I promise.


Okay, so that’s a quick-n-dirty accounting. We’ll have to see what 2022 holds.

Hope everyone is doing well and kicks off their new year in a good way. Cheers!

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