2017 Wrap-Up

I don’t think I did one of these in December/January? Sorry if I did.

Anyway, just a super quick wrap of last year, mostly to keep my own head straight here.

2017 was a huge learning curve for me. For about 3/4 of the year, I didn’t really do much writing at all: it was all about the editing, formatting, and publishing. Inkprint Press released our first major titles, and WOW did we learn a lot from the process. Super cool. Thank you SO much to everyone who supported us in any way at all – and especially everyone who turned up for book launches, open nights, and who bought copies of our books!! <3 You guys are amazing. I still find it weird that people are willing to pay for things I wrote. So THANK YOU. Like, A LOT.

Published in 2017:

Darkness & Good anthology
Where Shadows Rise (Sanctuary #1)
Through Roads Between (Sanctuary #2)
Bodies In Motion (Newton’s Laws #1)

And the two I keep totally forgetting about,
The 32 Worst Mistakes People Make About Dogs
Sea Foam & Blood (combining/replacing Cherry Blossom and To Dust)

Writing in 2017:

Like I said, I didn’t do a *whole* bunch, but I did do the structural edits on Through Roads Between, and wrote the first almost-half of How Not To Take Over The World, the start of a new series which will be out at the end of this year. (Yes, I wrote it before the final Sanctuary book, because the final Sanctuary book was being obstreperous.)


And in addition to all that, my cake non-business totally exploded, and I was flooded with orders from family and friends from October through to, well, now (as you can tell from all the cake-themed Made-It-Mondays), and I took some really, REALLY great workshops with Dean Wesley Smith. I’ll do a write up of them all when I’m finished the current ones, and link to them all under the resources for writers tab on this site 🙂

All in all, a busy and satisfying year. It’s really good to be back focusing on writing new words now, but I’m so grateful for the learning opportunities I had throughout 2017, and I’m even more grateful to you for sticking with me along the way 🙂

Thanks for being here! I love you!! <3 🙂

#MadeItMonday: Sketches for Darkness & Good Anthology

Welcome to #MadeItMonday, where I post something I’ve made in the previous week, and where you can join in and post something you made too! The rules are easy: post a pic somewhere of something you’ve made in the last week (ish; let’s say in the last month as the hard-and-fast) and tag it. Sit back and enjoy scrolling through all the beautiful things we’ve collectively created, and celebrate the fact that humans can be awesome! 🙂

Today you get a sneak peak at an upcoming release. If you’ve been following the blog for the last couple of years you’ll have heard about Darkness & Good, the short story blog I run with Liana Brooks and Thea van Diepen (and if not, go check it out! Free short stories posted weekly at least 3 weeks every month!). If you’ve been paying *super* close attention, especially on twitter, you might have seen comments about ‘the antho’ or, ‘D&G antho’: Hurrah! Liana and I* have collected all the most popular stories from the first two years of Darkness & Good’s existence, and are releasing them in an anthology!

* Thea only joined us after these two years 😉

I do all the formatting for our Inkprint Press releases, and will only a little hinting from Liana, decided that a) each new short story would start on a right-hand page, and that b) consequently, there were some blank left-hand pages, and that c) blank left-hand pages in the middle of a book look really ugly, so d) I should do some (quick) sketches to fill them! So the anthology will have illustrations, which is pretty exciting. It also has a cover, which we’ll be releasing *really soon*!! So much excite.

So anyway, my contribution to #MadeItMonday this week is one of my favourite of the sketches I’ve done for the anthology, for the story Red Planet Refugees, which you can read in raw, unedited form right here on the Darkness & Good blog 🙂 The sketches are just super quick line art, but it got me drawing again and I had so much fun doing illustrations for nearly half the stories! Yay!

Line art of washing on a line by a corrugated shed on a sandy plain or desert

Don’t forget to tag your contribution, or even better, leave a link in the comments!! I love seeing what inspiring things other people have made 🙂 🙂 🙂