I tried to eliminate some clutter in 2015, but there’s still work to be done. That said, it was a good year overall for me and my endeavors.
On the writing front, I combined my three “Con Fluff” books into one volume called “Fuzzy Words” which I had printed. Unfortunately, the printer I chose overpromised and underdelivered, so I now have a pile of books that I’m not sure I want to sell. My only consolation is that I didn’t have to pay for them, but at the same time it spoiled the inaugural San Antonio Indie Bookfest for me.
I published two story collections: “Super-Short Sci-Fi Stories 2.8” and “Furst World Problems.” Unfortunately, I am still struggling with a follow-up to “The Rules of Tech Support,” partially due to increased stress at work. More on that in a bit.
On the plus side, I managed to release a new short story every month onto my website and “Furst World Problems” has sold a few copies. I have a furry fantasy collection in the works, so I’m hoping that keeps the momentum going. I also need to work on finally getting that second tech support book done, but once again, work is making it difficult.
PODCASTING / BLOGGING
I did not keep up a regular blogging or podcasting schedule as I have been wanting to do. Part of my problem is what I’m not always sure just where to put things I’ve written: should they go in blog or into an episode of “300 Seconds?” I am also considering ending my “Con Talk” podcast, which is fun to record, but takes too much time to produce. Time will tell on that one, but I need to get my own ‘casts and blog going on a regular schedule more than anything else.
CONS / FURRY 101
Furry Fiesta and San Japan continue to be my favorite cons. In addition to the usual ones I attend every year, I went to a brony convention (Fiesta Equestria) for the very first time and enjoyed it, despite my not being completely familiar with the source material. I’d like to do an out-of-state con that doesn’t involve a seven-hour drive, and while I’m not sure that will happen next year, it’s something to shoot for.
I presented my Furry 101 panel at four conventions in 2015: San Japan mini-mini con, Fiesta Equestria, San Japan 8, and RealmsCon, Two of the panels (San Japan, Realms) were well attended and well-received, but were hampered by the small panel rooms that I was provided with. One (mini-mini con) was scheduled opposite a big event, so nobody showed up. My only issue at Fiesta Equestria was not having a place to plug in my less than reliable laptop. Nearly all of the conventions were about anime; I’d like to present at a comic convention in 2016 and see how that goes. I am also considering putting together a ‘Furry 101A’ panel to go over the adult/really weird things that I can only gloss over in an all-ages panel. Time will tell on that one.
I got a semi-promotion at work; managerial duties are now part of what I do. I call it a ‘semi-promotion’ because my paycheck hasn’t gotten any larger. Naturally, with increased responsibilities come increased headaches. I found myself so drained after work during our busy season that I was unable to do any significant writing or really much of anything after work. Bottom line: I need to get a new job. Yeah, stop me if you’ve heard THAT one before. 😉
My goal for the New Year is to get more organized so that I can get blogs, podcasts, panels, and books out on a regular basis and build an audience. Maintaining a regular writing schedule is also a priority and of course, I need to put more effort into finding a new job or at least a position that doesn’t suck at my current company.
The plan for 2016 is just that: to plan things ahead so I can get things done!
So long, 2015! You were a good one!