2016 stunk in a lot of ways, not the least of which were all the deaths, both famous and not. Too many taken from us too soon. There was one respect in which 2016 was kind of all right. It’s a very personal way, not something that means much to anyone but me.
For several years, I’ve made a resolution to finish a book a month. This doesn’t mean that I start and finish the book in the same 30 day period (though I do that, too). This means that I take a book I’ve been working for awhile, maybe years, and I complete it. I’ve been making this same resolution for three years now, and I’ve just made it again. I don’t always meet this goal, but I feel that if I make a concerted effort and write constantly, I’m progressing well. Of course, the new goal becomes getting them publication ready—a longer and more complicated project. (And, let’s face it, a lot less fun)
In 2016, I managed to finish fourteen books! That’s better than one a month. There were a few months I didn’t complete something, but others where I did two or more. Please keep in mind, unless it states short story or novella, these are all books 50,000+ words. That includes the ones written in 5 – 10 days.
This years list includes:
January – Author of Love
February – Tarrah (a short story)
March – As yet untitled novella
April – Ranger’s Heart & When Tis Done
May – none finished as I was editing Room 103 for publication
June – How Far is Heaven, Sierra and Food Truck Hero (which was written in 6 days)
July – Raven Willoughby: Origins, Beach Bum, Alton & Velda and Game Junkies
August – He Needed Killin’ (written in 9 days)
September – none finished
October – none finished
November – So Much It Hurts (2016 NaNo, completed in 5 days)
December – none finished
Overall, not a bad year, though I did better in 2015 (25 books), but I consider anything 12 and over, a win. I finished 14 books in 2014 as well. Though I didn’t finish any books every month of the year, I started 4 new ones. I couldn’t seem to make up my mind how to finish them, but it gives me a goal for this year. Challenge accepted!
© 2017 Dellani Oakes