Monday, December 30, 2013

2014 in the queue

2013’s coming to a close fast. And the new year’s in the chute, ready to launch. Is it too soon for some bubbly?

I always have the urge to sing the line from the Waitresses’ one claim to fame, Christmas Wrapping: Now the calendar’s just one page.

Less than a page. Less than half a page!

During this in-between week, it’s always a good time to take a breather, and ponder the year. Hmmm. *taps chin* Did I accomplish what I set out to do? Yes and no. It was a busy year for sure. Eight releases with Decadent Publishing, and one with Sunbury Press under my mainstream pen name of C.A. Masterson.

It sounds like a lot, but considering most of these were short stories or novellas, they probably collectively add up to two full-length novels. Still not too shabby, I guess. :)

But I still feel unsettled. Not where I want to be. Or writing at the level I want to be writing at. I love my stories, of course, but I’m not satisfied. Like this week between major holidays, I feel like I’m in some space in between. Neither here nor there. No matter, I'll forge ahead.

Because - and I may say this too often, but honestly you can't say it enough - I have to go with my gut, and hang in there. The more you write, the better a writer you become, so any story you may deem a failure is doing the important work of making you the writer you want to ultimately be.

I’m really excited for 2014.  I’m signed up for the Dara Marks workshop in May, Engaging the Feminine Heroic. I cannot wait! Four days of intensive learning/writing. H-E-A-V-E-N. I’d love to be able to go to some other conferences, but maybe next year.

The Feminine Heroic workshop should play in nicely with my Goddess Connection series, for which I intend to finish another in time to take a draft along. I'd started it oh-so-long-ago (two more, in fact) but they’ve fallen to the wayside as other stories have taken precedence.

As it stands now, I have two Decadent releases coming up – The Ex Factor, a contemporary 1Night Stand short, and the second Blue Moon novella, A Wedding at the Blue Moon Cafe. I’m still finishing up the third in the series, Twice in a Blue Moon, and should have it ready to sub in January/February.

About another two dozen WIPs are in various stages. Some are in genres I've never attempted before, but they are calling to me. Some are singing in a raucous punk-rock, do-it-or-regret-it-forever-you-wimp kind of way. I'm thinking I'll soon jump into that mosh pit.

I want to make more time for reading too. I keep buying books, and getting excited about new-to-me authors, but usually give in to the urge to write when I have spare time. My Kindle’s about to explode.

What about you – how has your year shaped up? Was it what you expected? Do you outline specific goals for the year ahead?

Tomorrow begins the New Year's blog hop, with lots of giveaways and a grand prize - pop on by anytime from tomorrow through Jan. 2 to enter :)


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I had one book come out. I feel like a slacker.
Even if those are shorter stories, that is still really darn impressive. Just keep writing and you will catch up to where you want to be.
And if I see on the news that a Kindle exploded, I'll know it was yours!

Maria Zannini said...

You're still the hardest working author I know. :)

Happy New Year, Cate! I hope 2014 spirals even higher for you.

Cate Masters said...

Thanks Alex! Sometimes I wish my muse would stick to one genre. I feel like I have a writer's split personality, lol.
Hope 2014 is good to you!

Happy New Year, Maria! I hope the new year brings you all the best.