It's January 1, 2017, and 2016 has been a really difficult year for me. Tremendous and difficult. It's difficult to envision a future right now as I am dealing with bereavement, and before that, the election has really devastated me. However, 2016 had really big things, too.

I think my biggest creative challenge of 2016 was to focus solely on Birdverse, and though I had other things come out, I wrote almost exclusively Birdverse pieces. By the end of 2016, I'd finished and sold a BV novella, wrote a novel, and landed  an agent for it. I wouldn't have been able to do it without you all. Your support means a lot to me.

I took creative risks in these two long BV pieces. I wrote about power exchange. In The Upholding, I wrote compassionately about people who, in my world and out of it, did not receive a lot of compassion. When you take creative risks you know that not everybody will align with your work. Some people will shy away from the mental illness, others from the D/s, yet others from the poly, and yet others from the fact that characters make mistakes (one has in childhood committed a crime); and some will  not grok the NB/trans elements.

I can't make every reader and every person happy. Being a writer who is published and who interacts on social media means that my work and my self are judged.  At the same time I am a disabled and mentally ill creator and being seen (let alone judged) is very difficult for me.

It's ok. It's ok. It's ok.

In 2017, I just want to keep moving forward. Thank you for sharing my journey - whether for a long time or a short time. I am wishing all of you a year of significance - of things that matter and will continue to matter. May our stars burn brightly.

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