Well, look at that. We’ve come to the end of another year. Seriously, where did the time go? The craziness of the world aside – and things did get pretty insane these past 12 months – it’s been a good year on a personal level. Also, this will be my final blog update of 2017 as I take the time to finish up some outstanding work and then take a deserved Christmas holiday.
While my fiction output wasn’t as high as it was in 2016, I spent a long time polishing off major projects that should see the light of day in 2018.
My novel is still sitting in the inboxes of a few agents and publishing houses, waiting for the yay or nay at the moment. It’s a slow process, but this is how the publishing industry works and patience is a virtue. Nonetheless, I do have high hopes for this and SOMETHING will happen with it in the next 12 months.
Again, I was lucky enough to see more short stories published in anthologies and there’s at least one more set to come in the forthcoming months. Recently I polished off another South African-themed tale, so I’m looking for relevant publications to submit it to.
For those who might not know, I used to be a full-time journalist for many years and then moved into advertising and the broadcast industry. I never left journalism behind altogether, and continued to contribute to publications here and there.
This year, though, I got sucked back into it in a major way and it’s become a second career for me. I still have my day job, though, and do all this stuff after hours and weekends. It might sound tiring, but it isn’t. I love what I’m doing and it keeps the creative juices flowing at all times.
I have been in touch with other publications for even more journalism work, so expect to see more of my pop-culture musings.
Film and TV
Thanks to a friend of mine who works in the film and TV industry, I’ve been dragged into this world as well, conceptualising and writing scripts. This year, we worked on several ideas, some that are still on the drawing board and others which will enter production in the near future. There are two or three concepts, in particular, that will blow your mind – I’m sure of it.
Additionally, just last month, I sold a script to a big international brand for a commercial, so I’m interested in seeing what they with it. I received the completed freedom to do what I wanted and I’m glad the company was pleased with the outcome.
If anything, 2017 has taught me a lesson about the importance of diversifying your creative projects. As a creative, you get comfortable with labels and saying “I’m an author” or “I’m a painter”, and it can be restrictive to your growth. Instead of looking for a box with your preferred label on it, check out the other boxes and experiment in different fields.
Personally, I have no idea what 2018 holds for me, but I’m excited for the prospects. I’m approaching it with the same enthusiasm and an open mind as this year, as well as doing everything I can to do even more cool stuff than before.
I hope you have a terrific holiday season and I’ll catch up with you in the New Year. Look out for all my updates on social media in the meantime!