2015 In Review

This week, I’m revisiting 2015, or at least the parts of it I remember. (Fibromyalgia sometimes leaves holes in my brain where the memories leak out…) Next week, I’ll post about my goals and hopes for 2016.

2015 was a bit of an odd year for me as far as my writing career. In fall 2014, something happened in my personal life that negatively impacted my ability to write the romances I’ve been writing under my other pen name since 2009. As time went on, I realized that the issue was something that wouldn’t be easily resolved, so instead of pushing myself to continue being two authors in one, I chose to focus primarily on my YA fiction as Jo Ramsey.

I think it was a pretty good choice. I had a few novels accepted this year, and the one that released in October has gotten some good reviews. It’s also gotten some not-so-good ones, but not for the reason I’d anticipated, which is kind of cool. At this point, the only publisher I’m working with is Harmony Ink Press, and I think that’s been a fairly good choice as well.

A number of Jo Ramsey’s books were taken out of print in 2014 and 2015, including the entirety of The Dark Lines and Reality Shift series, at least the combined 10 books of those series that had been published. This happened primarily due to poor–or in some cases no–sales. I considered polishing those up to re-release as self-published, but after taking a look at them, I’ve decided against it for the time being. Despite having been published, they need a lot more work than I’d anticipated.

In my personal life, a few things happened as well. Having begun to learn to play bass guitar toward the end of 2014, in early 2015 I started a band with a good friend who played guitar, wrote some cool songs, released two singles–and then lost the friendship for reasons that had nothing to do with me. But I’ve continued working on music. In late October/early November, I started teaching myself to play guitar, I’ve nearly completed another song, and I hope within the next week to put the final touches on the vocals for one song my former friend and I worked on that we’d done instrumentals for but I hadn’t managed to get the vocals right.

The music has become a big part of my life. I don’t intend on making it a career as I did writing. I do, however, intend on continuing it as a hobby and recording the songs I compose if for no other reason than so I can listen to the finished products.

So that’s the short view of my 2015. I hope your year is ending on a good note, and that you’re looking forward to 2016!