It's that time of the year, when I look back, reflect and then look forward. In January 2015 I was hopeful - I was a full time writer, and had struggled to make a freelance living for the previous year or so. (see http://janeayres.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/im-dreaming-of.html.) By February, I was getting disillusioned, with the VAT changes and Amazon moving the goalposts for authors (again!), making it harder than ever to make a living. So I vowed to write just 3 more pony books to self publish by the end of 2015. http://janeayres.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/the-last-pony-books.html
Did I achieve this? Well, no unless I can write said books within the next 4 days. So what have I done? Not much blogging or book marketing. I've been trying, voluntarily, to fundraise for a big arts project, and put on 2 concerts this year, which was a real learning curve and very tough but worthwhile. What else? I completed my MSc Science Communication and Society, with Merit. I do love learning new things. I eventually got another part time job to pay the bills. My 2 short novels, Trick Riders 1 and 2, set in the world of equestrian vaulting, have appeared in print in Norway, Sweden and Finland, and I thoroughly enjoyed researching the topic. I've had fun writing some short stories for Pony magazine, and recently finished a children's novel, Pony on the Trail, which had me researching Western riding and skateboarding, which was also fun. It will be published in summer 2016, in Norway, Sweden and Finland. Maybe I will get to try Western riding in 2016.
So I suppose 2015 has been mostly about learning. Lots of learning. Not succeeding in the goals I set myself but achieving other things instead. And, to my surprise, after becoming disillusioned with my self publishing adventures, I now have a hunger to write those final pony books! Roll on 2016....