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Weekly Fantasy Fix: Happy New Year! What’s Your Resolution?


The new year is always such an exciting time for me. I love the possibility of a fresh start (actually I’m sort of addicted to fresh starts…long story) and that’s what New Year represents to me. It’s a chance to reflect on everything you’ve accomplished in the last year and start making plans for the new one.

Every year I tend to feel as though I haven’t done much, but as soon as I start going through everything, I always realize I’ve done a lot more than I imagined.

So, let’s reflect. What have I done in 2016 (because I know it wasn’t as much as I was hoping due to being sick for so long)? I finished Part 3 of my Shadow Stalker serial and started Part 4. I’ve begun the process of re-editing Part 1. I’ve started the foundational work on two new novel series, one of which will be written under a pen name. I also started a short story I was going to submit for entry in Crimson Edge’s anthology, but I didn’t finish it in time. Now, I’m reconsidering that story idea for another series. I also finished the edits on my Makari’s Mission novella that’s being published in a charity anthology being released this coming April.

I’ve definitely accomplished a lot more than I thought. 😀

This coming year I will finish Part 4 of my Shadow Stalker serial. I also plan to write at least the first two novels in my A God’s Deception series and the first in my other series. And towards the end of the year, I’ll begin work on my new serial. I don’t have a name for that one, but it’s going to be about the origin of the shadow stalkers, so it will be pretty awesome! Oh, and I’m going to…yes, absolutely going to finish a short story for this years anthology that Crimson Edge will be putting out in 2018.

So are you taking advantage of this opportunity for a new start? What do you plan to accomplish in 2017? I’d love for you to contact me and tell me all about it!

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Getting Ready for the Holidays!

This time of year is crazy enough without having just moved as well, but we’re getting there. We finally got our Christmas tree up last night and it looks great in the new house! 😀

I’m much more excited about the holidays this year than I have been the last few years. I think it has to do with finally being in a nice house. And I’m finished with my shopping early too. I think it also has to do with the fact that we were able to get our daughter the gift we’ve been wanting to get her for the last couple of years…something that will get her out of the house and being active more.

So how are you feeling about the holidays this year? Do you celebrate (what do you celebrate)? And have you finished your shopping? I’d love to hear from you!

Also in this issue:

  • The Wondrously Fantastical Origins of Fantasy
  • Shadow Stalker Part 3 (Episodes 13 – 18) Release Announcement
  • Renee’s Works in Progress
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  • What Makes a Good Hero and Villain
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Writing as a Form of Personal Therapy

writing-1317009-640x480I think I’ve mentioned before that I have always loved making up and telling stories. It wasn’t until my mid-twenties that it even occurred to me that I should write them down (which is odd since I read tons of books). I believe it’s because I didn’t do well in English class that I believed I’d be a terrible writer as a result (so not true).

Side Note: In my experience, just because you don’t do well in English, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s your fault. When I went to college, I had the highest grade in the class. Having a teacher that is passionate about what he’s teaching and can explain things so they’re easy to understand makes a huge difference.

When I started writing, I was amazed at how much it helped with my anxiety issues. The more I wrote, the calmer I felt. Eventually I realized a lot of it had to do with my overactive imagination. Getting stuff out of my head and onto paper quieted my mind.

Here’s the thing, though. Not everything in my head had to do with story ideas. My overactive imagination causes me to create problems where there aren’t any. Or if there is a problem, I tend to start dwelling on the worst possible outcomes. The more time I have to spend thinking, the worse it gets. So, what I do is, I put my characters in those positions (or similar ones) and see how they deal with them. Oddly, in most cases, I end up realizing that it’s not as bad as I believed it was or that there wasn’t a problem in the first place.

If I go too long without writing, the anxiety builds. I haven’t had time to write much lately because I’m still unpacking from our move and trying to keep the house clean on top of that, not to mention all the other stuff I have to do. So, I’ve been a little on edge and having trouble getting to sleep.

Today, I’m getting back into my regular writing schedule, so I’m hoping it will help. I’m going to be working on Shadow Stalker Part 4. So, we’ll see how I feel tomorrow. Hopefully, much better! 😀

Do you write for therapeutic purposes, or do you find writing helps you? Tell me about your experiences!

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