2019 wrap-up

I’ll try to keep this brief, although… y’know… writer…

This year has been a good one. It’s our first full year in Saskatchewan, and things are going well. We’ve all settled in and have new friends, work and school are great, and I have no complaints!

In terms of creative work, it’s been busy! Sales through Amazon have been reasonably steady throughout the year, with normal months being 2-digit profit months. That might not sound like a lot, but $20 is way more than $2! So at least I’m headed in the right direction, and the only person I’m competing with is me.

I’m only attending one convention per year now, instead of 2-3, but the one here is much bigger than the ones back in Ontario. The table price is about the same, but there’s WAY more foot traffic, and big name celebrities (My kids and I got to get our picture taken with Billy Dee Williams!).

Artist Alley table layout, SEE 2019

I’ve had short stories published, one with Dark Helix Press in the Futuristic Canada anthology, and another has been picked up for publication in 2020. A Queen’s Edict, book 1 in the Strongblade Siblings series (which follows 400+ years after the Empire’s Foundation trilogy), is being edited, and I’ve made progress on the first draft of A Prophet’s Request, book 2.

My Patreon has more than doubled in monthly donations, and that’s in large part because of the amazing people I play Dungeons and Dragons with. When I first thought about running a game on Discord, I figured I might get a Patron or two, but I’m up to 5 now, with two groups of players! It’s amazing how it’s grown, and if you’d like to check out the podcast, I have three playlists: the full playlist, in chronological order of when the groups played, and separate lists for Group 1 and Group 2, if you want to listen to the same party in order. Currently, that’s over 13 hours of content! Plus I commissioned some art by the amazing Harvey Bunda, to commemorate one of the play sessions, where a half-orc barbarian “wrestled” a merchant’s champion for a discount on mules… in front of a cheering crowd of thousands. Seriously. That happened.

Tempas teaches everyone about orcish wrestling…

I’m looking forward to 2020. Unless something goes terribly wrong, A Queen’s Edict will be coming out, kicking off a new series. I really hope people enjoy it. The cast of characters is fun and interesting, flipping typical fantasy on its head with the majority of characters you meet being female, none of that “she’s really exceptional!” to be an adventurer kind of junk. You see through their actions that they’re all awesome, yet “human.” Their skills and powers aren’t questioned by men. Representation matters, and I feel that women deserve the same treatment that men have had all along, without question.

Grace Strongblade, mercenary

I’m also going to work hard on finishing the first draft of A Prophet’s Request. D&D has been taking up a lot of my creative time and energy, but I want to have the second book coming along nicely, just in case the first book surprises me and does well right out of the gate.

Wishing you a happy holidays, and a great 2020!