2021 in Review

I sort of lost interest in doing quarterly newsletters and just put out haphazard ones as it appealed to me. That’s probably how it will go from now on. Last year, I met all the goals I set for myself regarding productivity and works in progress. This year, I’ve set the same word count goal (350k) just because a doable goal is better for my mental health. I’m not at a point in my life where I want to challenge myself hard on that subject.

2021 Stats

Completed Projects: 499,022

Published Projects 2021: 751,689 (includes works written/completed in 2020)

Word Count Goal 2021: 636,444/350,000

Total Words in Progress: 1,841,689

Total Words Published: 4,142,801

With the publication of the Gra’tua series on my website, I passed over the four million mark and I have to say that was a startling moment for me. I knew it was coming, of course, because I have OCD (see above) and like to keep track of such things.

The Big Moxie 2022

Last year we launched a new writing challenge on Writing & Junk called The Big Moxie. Sign ups for the first two quarters of the challenge ended on December 31, 2021, but we’ll open signups for quarters three and four in June of this year.

I was a little worried that there wouldn’t be a lot of interest in the challenge (hello, anxiety, my old friend). It’s structured a little differently than most of the writing challenges in fandom, which I guess is my wheelhouse considering I started hosting challenges with what is now Rough Trade. But, I’m pleased to say that we got over eighty sign ups for both quarters one and two!! How exciting is that? I’m very interested to see how many cross the finish line.

The Quantum Bang

I’m working on the third draft of my QB project for this year and I’m really pleased with the novel. I find the whole bang process very interesting and rewarding. I expect to be finished by the end of the month and I’ll be ready for the beta process!

My previous projects for the QB have been very rewarding projects to write and to publish–this one is certainly no different. I’m grateful that all of you have joined me in that journey as I deeply explored fandoms and circumstances that were new to me.

The thing is that the QB inspires me to do things differently and to try new things which I think is what makes the challenge so attractive. I can write a novel easily but to write something that is elevated and worthy (to me) of a big bang is a different kind of challenge. I like that.

My previous projects for the QB include: Unleash Your Demons, The Absence of War, and the Gra’tua series.

Works Published in 2021 on My Site

Discord

I’m rarely on Facebook (or any other social media) but you can find me on Discord every single day.

Crossroads Discord Server – fandom and social channels

Just Write – writing/work server, sprints, and wip games abound.

The Podcast

The podcast is now fully syndicated as far as I can tell. If I’m not hitting a major service/app you prefer feel free to comment here and let me know. I’ll certainly try to get my RSS feed fed into it. You can use the podcast player on my site as well without impacting my bandwidth at all so no worries on that front.

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Keira Marcos

In my spare time, I write fanfiction and lead a cult of cock worshippers on the Internet. It's not the usual kind of hobby for a 40ish "domestic engineer" but we live in a modern world and I like fucking with people's expectations.

18 Comments:

  1. On behalf of us who lack your talent, thank you for sharing.

  2. Keira you are a awesome person. Your posts always make me smile. Congratulations on meeting your goals in 2021! I’m sure I’m not the only one to say that you helped me make it through a very difficult year.

    Never doubt yourself. You are truly and inspiration to many. HUGS and KUDOS!

  3. Thank you for sharing your work and giving us so many gripping, complex stories.
    I am mostly bedbound, but have travelled in space and time through your fascinating imagination and awesome writing skills.

  4. I think it has to be said that the amount you write is insane! I say that because I don’t have the talent for it but I need reading in my life like I need air. I appreciate and I need the kind of inspirational and moving stories like you are so good at making. The fact that you also bring so many other people along, who are just as talented, in to join on so many of the projects and challenges you participate in or create is just amazing to me because you have no need to indulge us all but we all love it and thank you for it.

    • Last years numbers only worked out to be about 1700 words a day so that’s the power of writing every single day.

      • ‘Only’ about 1700 words a day she says. That’s prolific, I follow professional (as in get paid) writers who are writing 5-600 words a day and calling it good.
        Thank you for this startling amount of creative work you produce, I know my reading life is certainly enriched by your work. Here’s to an awesome 2022 of writing and reading.

      • Only 1700 words a day. ONLY 1700 A DAY?!

        That’s mind blowing for 2 reasons, 1) that is an incredible amount of creativity and work, 2) you don’t seem to realize how incredible this makes you.

        Simply WOW!

  5. You did well! I look forward to your future projects.

  6. I just want to add my thanks also, M’Lady. Your words always brighten my day and I can always drop into any of your novellas and lose myself from the world at large. I wish you joy in your writing and power to your imagination as well as health and happiness for 2022.
    Hugs, from a very soggy and cold England, Hxx

  7. Thank you so much for all you write! Your stories are my happy place in this crazy world.

    Happy New Year!

  8. Shivonne McKissie

    I just wanted to say thank you. You and the others have kept me sane and now I’m addicted to your talent.

  9. Congrats on meeting your goals. The last 4 years been rough, but your words help me escape and forget reality for a while. You are a great writer and I thank you for sharing your talent.

  10. I feel old. I’ve never used Discord, sounds interesting. I feel like I’m missing out on your stuff by not being on it. This extended 2020 was soul draining in so many ways. Your fics kept me sane on many occasions, and I thank you.

  11. Greywolf the Wanderer

    in this time when so much of the daily news is infuriating/depressing, my brain really appreciates all that you write! when I hit the Popeye point “that’s alls I can stands, an’ I can’t stands nummore!” your stories are my Happy Place, first among several. thank you kindly for all that you do, and for educating me at least on how to be civilized where and when appropriate, how to better treat and interact with other writers, and much else besides!

    may the year to come bring you and all of us happiness — or at least the satisfaction of watching some very deserving villains getting what they deserve, so very very much. kai kassai Keira! kai kassai!!! *hoists his much and bangs on his shield*

  12. Thank you for sharing your Gift of Words with us. I love to come back, over and over to re-read favorites. It’s like snuggling up with a cozy blanket.

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