Due to a miscalculation on Rekka’s part, the 2017 Review Episode is here when we ought to have been talking about this last year. Sheesh, Rekka.
If you’re a fan of Brian’s other podcasts, and you’ve been waiting for that off-topic pre-episode banter, boy howdy are you in luck. Trigger warning: talk of piercings (and piercing complications).
In January of 2017:
- Brian had no idea he would be co-hosting a writing podcast (or writing, for that matter). He was hosting three podcasts and running a small business, working full time, living a full family life.
- Rekka was absorbing all the self-publishing podcast information and hell-bent on releasing her “completed” “space opera” novel in August and stagger the sequels to release in quick succession. She was well on her way through the production process, with professional edits in hand, a spot on a cover artist’s schedule, and sales copy from a copywriter.
- Brian grew his business, threw the world’s second largest Ketogenic-based conference (largest in the US), and launched several products to great feedback. Oh yeah, and added two new podcasts to the mix. Plus a new dog. And a new writing habit.
- Rekka, on a fear-based whim, submitted her manuscript to Parvus Press, and to her surprise (and Brian’s consternation), she signed a contract granting Parvus the rights to publish the Peridot Shift trilogy. Parvus agreed to keep the cover art Julie Dillon created, and contracted Mary Robinette Kowal to perform the audio book narration. Rekka traveled to Pittsburgh to attend the SFWA Nebula conference and awards and met a bunch of wonderful people who made her feel fabulously welcome.
- Rekka attempted drafting via transcription, putting great effort into it but not able to make any headway or incorporate it into my writing practice.
- Rekka’s been attending writing events held by WestportWRITES and Westport Library regularly since the fall.
By the end of 2017:
- Rekka and Brian got too far into the podcast to stop now, with two guest appearances by John Adamus, and multiple interviews lined up for 2018.
- Brian developed a daily habit of writing and took the big step of actually sharing his writing with Rekka to share and for comment.
- Rekka finished (and finished, and finished) Flotsam revisions, learned to sail the choppy waters of publishing schedules; performed two full revisions of Flotsam’s sequel; Salvage, wrote seven short story projects in November during NaNoWriMo; and is ready to launch three different writing projects in 2018, including Phantom Traveler season one, and Flotsam on March 27.
- Rekka put into motion the plans to build a writing shed to dedicate a space in her home to her writing work and stop operating out of a spare bedroom.
Rekka hopes all these projects which were started in 2017 will be completed in 2018. Self-publish some stuff alongside working with Parvus to launch and support the Peridot Shift series.
Brian will be starting a master degree program in January, and has intentions to capitalize the writing practices he’s put in motion to self-publish three books in a series he began in 2017. And run KetoCon’s second annual event. And launch more products. He also wants to quit his day job to focus on the Ketovangelist business.
When we make our plans for 2018, all we’ve got to go on is what’s behind us, and what we see when we look at ourselves in the two-way mirror at the end of the year.
It all boils down to: get up, do work, repeat.