New Year, Same Me. Hello, 2017!

Ah, the mandatory New Year’s post. It’s always fun to write these, thinking you’ll achieve every single goal you jot down in early January. Then in December, when you look back at them, things turned out extremely different. It can be a heartbreaker, or an eye-opener—depending on how you look at it.

Despite everyone bemoaning 2016, it turned out to be a very good year for me. While I didn’t publish the novels (more on that later), I did achieve a lot I set out to do. Several short stories appeared in magazines and anthologies; I wrote a five-issue comic book series and another 12 pager; and I entered the wacky world of screenwriting. In between this, I juggled my day job, continued to do freelance journalism, got a cool new gig writing for We Got This Covered, and still led a happy life. Not too shabby, if I do say so myself.

This year, the major goal is to build on the momentum achieved in 2016. There are already several short stories scheduled to be published (follow me on Twitter and Facebook for updates) and a few more scripts ready to be shot. This venture of mine into screenwriting has also pulled me in deep and I find myself jumping into new projects every other week. It’s an exhilarating feeling and I’m going to ride the wave.

Now to the novels. I’m reaching the point where I’m satisfied with two of them—a lot of rewrites took place in 2016. These two manuscripts will be the main focus, as I do a couple more edits before submitting it to an editor and then deciding what to do next with them. Over the years, there have been several setbacks and unexpected occurrences that messed up my plans, but I believe things happen for a reason. I’ve certainly grown as a writer, so the material can only be better than what it was. So will a novel come out this year? I don’t know yet. But you’re definitely getting stories in some shape or form.

If you haven’t noticed, I created a page where you can check out my bibliography. Some of the stories are free reads; the others will cost you. I’ve taken a lot of the older stuff off the web because there’s a plan of releasing a collection at some point. If you have all of them already, good for you. If not, you’ll just have to wait.

As always, thank you for the support and giving a damn about what I do. I’d like to take this time to wish you all a fantastic New Year and hope all of your dreams will be achieved in 2017.

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