This has been an amazing year: for the first time ever, I’ve achieved all of the objectives I set myself in January!
I put my success down to the decision to take a break from writing The Ruler of Ruins. There doesn’t seem much point in continuing to work on it while The Web of War and The Sceptre of Ice still need extensive revision.
Also, I just haven’t felt inspired to write about the history of the Ankaykari; instead I’ve been writing stories set in the mundane world. I say ‘stories’, but actually they are more like online novels… needless to say, the two I’ve been publishing on my website are not complete, but they will be one day!
The problem is that there are so many stories I want to write, and I feel excited about all of them, so I tend to move from one to another. This is one of the benefits of not having any regular readers aside from Maggie, who is patient and understanding and says that it’s important to follow my inspiration. After all, writing is my hobby, not my job!
2018 has been a fantastic year for world-building! Without any self-imposed writing goals to eat up my time and energy, I’ve achieved so much more than I thought was possible.
All the continents of Udaris have finally been re-mapped and the rotating globe is complete! I’ve also created a new map of Askamar and started re-drawing the maps of the nine courts. I’ve re-designed the dragons. I’ve made a timeline and polished the reference section. I’ve finally created portraits and profile pages for of all my main characters. I’ve even done a bit of work on languages.
On top of all this, I discovered World Anvil this year. I haven’t actually done much with it, as I like having my own website and I don’t feel like maintaining two online platforms for my conworld, but I still think it looks like a really cool place.
Yes, I’ve even done some art! With lots of help from Maggie, of course. And Maggie has painted some wonderful new pictures, too…
One of the most exciting things this year is that I’ve met some fellow world-builders on WordPress: Jasne, Mnransdellgreen and Ede. I’ve had lots of fun reading their posts and getting feedback from people who share my hobby!
With all my world-building, writing, and art, the blog has been busy. Hopefully I’ll keep it up next year too. There’s loads more world-building I’d like to do (it would be great to actually map some cities in Udaris) and of course I plan to keep writing!