Sometimes it's hard for me to stay focused. No, I don't think I have ADD or ADHD, though diagnoses have been attempted much throughout my life. Early on, I was prone to misbehaving in school, as early as first and second grade. I was always bouncing off the walls, talking to this person, playing with that thing, doing everything but what I should have been doing. Turns out, I was a pretty quick worker, and would routinely finish my classwork before most everyone else, leaving me with nothing else to do. So I acted up because I was a snobby little kid. This is when some because to label me as ADHD, and others were quick to diagnose me with an inability to focus. Fortunately, I had one really good teacher who saw what the real problem was: I needed something to captivate me.
As long as I had something in front of me to chase, I had no problem zeroing in and staying focused.
The point of all this rambling is to say that sometimes it's hard for me to stay focused on one thing, but if I have a few things to bounce my focus around, I'll end up alright. So I wanted to let you know about the myriad of things you can expect to see from me in 2018, providing I don't find another squirrel to chase.
In September of this year, I released Echo, a short story that you've seen me tweet about way too much. That's the nature of social media marketing, don't hate. Echo is the first short story in a collection of 6 stories that will all weave an exciting (hopefully) and an intriguing sci-fi story. In 2018 I would love to be able to finish and release the series, but I also want to be patient and ensure that I am making it the best it can be. Echo set a high bar (at least for me), and I want to make sure that the stories don't disappoint.
Look for Frequency to arrive in January or February, if everything works the way I want it to.
Venison is a web serial I am really excited about. This story takes place in Oklahoma during what appears to be a zombie apocalypse, but zombies might be a misnomer. Explore the rugged backwoods of Oklahoma and find out what is causing this weird infection to spread. Venison will be coming online at the end of January, so get ready to tune in weekly!
AfterWords is a project I am really excited about. This is a place for authors to share about themselves, their work, and their creative process. I hope you tune in weekly to meet a new author, and if you're an author, I'd love for you to be a part. In fact, my hope is that I'll have to start doing AfterWords twice a week or even more to fit all the awesome writers in.
Legend of Varya
Legend of Varya is a pet project a friend and I have been working on for over a year now. We co-wrote and released a novelette in March of this year called Frosthammer, the first release in this expansive and exciting project. We have a project list and rough synopses for 16 books in this world, plus we're considering turning Frosthammer into a novel. I plan to revisit this world next year and hopefully prepare for a release of a book by next winter or early 2019. If you'd like to follow this world more closely, visit LegendofVarya.com.
I am also hoping to release a Christian non-fiction book called High Places in 2018. High Places will explore the problem of idolatry, and how this is not a problem found only in the Old Testament, but in many areas of our lives today. I share about High Places more regularly on the blog I manage with my wife at afrankvoice.com.
All said, I'm going to have a busy year, and I may only tackle 10% of this list, but I'm going to try and get as much of these goals knocked out as I can, while paying special attention to quality over quantity. I like to stay busy, and I'm excited about the next year! What are some of your goals for 2018?