This year has felt super productive for me for a variety of reasons. I’ve written just short of 800k words for the whole year and posted 325k on my site. That seems crazy, in retrospect, but I do have a lot of works in progress—128. We’ve been discussing goals and writer habits on the Writer’s Table (FB group) and have set up a few spaces on the Just Write Discord server to further that goal. Workgroups full of writers provide a source of comfort and inspiration for what is largely a solitary endeavor.
My writer circle in meat space has slowly shrunk over the years for various reasons, but I’ve learned that online groups can be just as beneficial and rewarding. I can say without a doubt that one of the reasons why I’ve been so productive this year boils down to the writerly spaces we’ve created on Discord and specifically the people who’ve made themselves at home on the server.
Additionally, Discord became my social home of sorts when I created the Crossroads server. We do our podcast creation there and the space has proven much more inclusive and easier to manage than our previous recording situation. The podcast is fully syndicated now and pretty easy to find across various platforms so you can listen to us ramble. Or alternatively, play it for your pets. Pets love us. We’ll keep your fur babies company while you’re gone.
This year also included some very personal stress for a lot of people in our circle. We lost loved ones, had health issues, and battled old mental dragons along the way. 2019 kind of sucked, ya know, but guess what guys? We came home with our shields, and that’s something to be really proud of.
Personally, I don’t think I’d be nearly as sane as I currently pretend I am if it weren’t for my personal bitch circle—Azure Hart, Ladyholder, Jilly James, and the most amazing hit minion of all, Cinna. They make me laugh, support me, listen to me bitch, and inspire me. And that’s honestly more than I can shake a stick at.
My cup runneth over, guys. I’d be really mad if it was coffee, tho.
I’m a lucky bitch. I hope the same for all of you!
I’m tempted to provide an actual list of projects I’ll be working on next year but that would just lead to demanding emails regarding posting dates and I can’t deal with y’all’s expectations. Seriously.
My goal is to write a minimum of 1k a day so that’s 365k for the year. My average last year was well over 2k a day so I’m very comfortable with my minimum goal.
Outside of my RT projects (listed below), I’ll be working on the Quantum Bang (I hope to have 2 entries this year), a few Harry Potter projects, some Hobbit stuff, and I’ll be fiddling with Revenant (SGA) to turn it into a novel.
Rough Trade 2020
Below are my current thoughts regarding the Year of the Sentinel on Rough Trade. I’m pretty pleased with my plans (and don’t want suggestions from readers) so I doubt they’ll change much between now and then. You can find out more about the pages on the RT site.
Title: Eye of the Tiger
Fandom: Stargate: Atlantis
Relationship: John Sheppard/Rodney McKay
Summary: John comes online during the events of the Storm which changes everything about his relationship with McKay, an online Guide whose lack of interest in bonding with a Sentinel was a secret to no one.
Fandom: Harry Potter
Relationship: Lily Potter/James Potter
Summary: Lily Potter ignored her Guide gifts, embraced magic, and married a wizard who wasn’t even a latent Sentinel. Then she got pregnant and got taught a life lesson about wish magic, fate, and reckless wizards.
Title: Hungry Like the Wolf
Relationship: Will Graham/Hannibal Lector
Summary: Hannibal Lecter came online as Sentinel during the murders of his parents–it saved his sister’s life but left him so emotionally damaged he swore to never seek a Guide. Will Graham consults for the FBI as a profiler but his use in the field is limited due to his state as an unbonded Guide. Jack Crawford decides it would be a good idea to play matchmaker but doesn’t like the consequences of his meddling.
Title: Dark Horse
Fandom: Stargate: Atlantis
Relationship: Meredith McKay/John Sheppard
Summary: John Sheppard comes online when the Genii try to feed him to a Wraith. On Earth, Dr. Meredith McKay starts to have visions of her Sentinel fighting for his life on a planet in a different galaxy and she has no choice but to contact the SGC despite her hostile past with the program.
New Art Gifts
I received some amazing new art from Fashi0n for All the World, Revenant and Interum. Check out the slideshow below for the new art plus a glance back at the art I received throughout the year. Note: If you don’t see your work on the site and you sent it to me – I never saw it or worse my fibro-fog ate it. Send it again!
*Note: All the World is not on this list because it’s a rough draft housed on Rough Trade and therefore is not considered “complete” by me.
I’ve been dabbling in art for a while — just banners and simple aesthetics so I made a gallery to house them all which you guys can check out here: My Banners & Aesthetics
You can check out the podcast distribution information on the page.