A Year of Writing in Review

What writer doesn’t look back at the end of a year and to give oneself a writing grade?

Well, actually, I don’t hold a lot of stock in goals hit or missed because time lines are flexible and life happens. But it’s still fun to take stock in what transpired in the year of writing. Here are some of my highlights.

Play writing:

Watched my play “The Birth of Technicolor” in Brooklyn! It was awesome.

My play “The Last Bastion” won me the 2018 Greywood Arts Writing Residency in Ireland and I spent a blissful week in a charming old English house finishing off two full-length plays and other miscellaneous writings.

Short plays – I hit my stride again in short play writing, finishing off a complete new show entitled “Crazy Love” in the spring and then in the fall I cranked out four new additional short plays which will be part of a show of mine called “Stories, Vol. 1.”

On top of this, I produced three shows – “For All Generations” in Jan 2018, the musical “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” in April 2018 and the experimental piece “How to Build a Dictator” in December 2018.

Novel writing:

Summer saw the release of book 2 of the Forgotten Child Trilogy called “The African Connection.”

Summer also saw me writing frantically to finish book 3 – which I did – entitled “A Parting in the Sky.”  This explosive piece will end the trilogy and will be released within the first few months of 2019. Very excited about it!

Planning stages and early writing for my mysterious novel #9. I will say it is an alternate history related to the 1960s. It’s going to get wild!

Short Story:

I published a new Christmas story “Jolly Old St. Hick.”

I’m also formulating my book on baseball. I promised myself I would. It may be a collection of short stories or a more unified piece. More to come.

Yes, it’s been a busy and fruitful year. Here’s hoping more productivity in 2019! I’ll give you my writing prognosis for the year soon!

I appreciate your support.

Happy New Year!

 

 

Blogging in 2014 has been really fun!

Such a cheesy title to a blog post. But that’s all right. What’s Dec 31 without a little cheese? I always end the year with a good spinach-artichoke-cheese dip anyways. Come to think of it, I usually back up that dip with a good chili-cheese dip as well. So there!

2014 has been a busy and rewarding year blogging for me. I got a post up every single day of the year with only one exception. The posts have been varied. They’ve been about writing, history, drama, culture, life. (Hey, isn’t that the subtitle of my website? Wow, I must be paying attention!)  My biggest post of the year was about the French Revolution. Gotta love all those school kids writing research papers!

And while my website/blog is still small in modest in almost every way possible, it’s been fun to see the increased traffic and interest in many of the topics I’ve approached. Actually, when I compare the numbers with 2013, some great strides have been made:

  • I’ve had quadruple the ‘likes’ in 2014 as in 2013.
  • I’ve had three times as many visitors in 2014 as compared to 2013.
  • And 2.8 times as many views in 2014 as compared with 2013.

Sept – Dec 2014 have been my four biggest months ever in terms of visitors and views.

I’m really grateful to everyone who has followed the blog or just popped on over through a random Google search. I’ve appreciated every comment, share, click, link and any other applicable verb which was committed on my site.

2015 promises to be a lot of fun. I’m hoping to have some announcements soon about some new contributors to the site, and I’m also hoping to expand the site to include regular book reviews as well.

Thanks for a great year, and I wish you and yours a very happy New Year!