This year has been a tough one, there is no other word for it. Since my arrival in the world of MM romance publishing it has definitely been the hardest year yet. And yeah, definitely no pun intended there at all.
I don’t need to look back on my goals for the year to see that I failed in most of them. My flash fiction story hasn’t been touched in a year and I wonder whether I should even remain a part of the Wednesday Briefs group considering my lack of participation in it. My contribution to the group has been so poor this year I am not sure I deserve to be a part of it.
As for my blog, while I started the year with the best of intentions regarding updating it, it hasn’t exactly been a hive of activity.
Writing too has been problematic. A lot of time has been spent battling with the mermen in Dangerous Waves, book three of the Mermen and Magic series. The story is one that just didn’t seem to want to come together for me. Thankfully for those who are enjoying the series, I managed to battle through the hard months writing the story and I made my deadline. I just hope my publisher/editor likes it.
I intend for 2016 to be different.
I posted in November about taking a step back from Facebook and I think this is something I am going to be sticking to. I will no doubt still be checking in to check my publisher groups and deal with notifications, but I am going to be staying away from my feed a lot more.
In 2015 I have seen a lot of people in a new light and I don’t like what I see. Everyone seems to be attacking or criticising someone else these days and I don’t want to be a part of it.
I am sure I have made some mistakes during my time on social media. I have said things that I probably shouldn’t have and the thing about the internet is once those words are out there, they can never be taken back. Bad impressions stick.
Today (the day I am typing this, not the day it is posted) I saw a comment by someone I know saying that authors should never do something that I have done in the past. Even though I am sure she didn’t aim the comment at me personally, it still felt like a slap in the face.
The more I see of social media, the less I want to be a part of it.
My blog posts will still post to Facebook automatically and I may be sharing the occasional joke and meme, but in 2016 you will probably see a lot less of me on that site. Or maybe you won’t, since I have already been mostly absent for some weeks and I’m pretty sure no one has actually noticed.
I am hoping that by stepping back from Facebook it might also help me to get more written this coming year.
I can’t turn back the clock and unsay things said or erase the bad opinions that various people may have of me, but I can at least try and turn over a new leaf and concentrate on what is important to me – writing the stories I love.
I wish everyone a Happy New Year and a successful 2016!