*Finish The Library Series – done! This is obviously my greatest accomplishment as it involved me finishing my very first published series. Now the entirety of the Library Series is available for people to read and, best of all, it was done in a very timely manner. In January I released Book Three and then in May I released Book Four. The fourth book ended up being a little short, but I was hardly going to compromise the integrity of the story when it came to the final book. The best part of finishing my first series was getting to tell the story I had always planned while also discovering where all the characters ended up and seeing the evolution of the world of the story.
*Begin work on Series 3 – Accomplished (although technically it’s Series 4). I started thinking about what I would do for 2014 in January of this year, but changed my mind about the type of series I wanted in May. Since then it’s been non-stop character development, world development, and story development. I’ve known for a long time now what this series is and I’m very excited to reveal something about it on January 31st.
*Release an additional project – Even though two goals went unaccomplished, I still got this one in. I never explicitly said what it was, but it was always going to be The Library Series: Recreations. Writing fun extra stories in the world of The Library Series and providing some information about the development of the series is something that I always wanted to do and so what I did for that project coalesced into a strange and tiny supplement that’s definitely 100% extra material (which was my goal) that I’m pleased with.
*Continue and Conclude The Orin Chronicles – I did indeed continue for 5 more volumes, but I put the series on hold before the release of Volumes 8-13 due to personal issues. I fully intend to conclude the series, but if I had forced myself to do so this year it would have resulted in something completely sub-par and that’s something I refuse to do. I am proud that I did manage to get Volume 7 written though because it acts as a nice mid-arc finale in itself and sets up what might loosely be considered as the second half of the series.
*Release The Academy: Second Volume – I was able to write about 40% of the story this year, but I became a bit ambitious in what I was trying to do and unfortunately there was no way to scale that back. After coming back to the series it was clear there was only one direction to take it in and as a result I have to think a lot about the characters, their motivations, and the surrounding events of the book in order to provide satisfying stories for all the characters involved.
2013 was, without a doubt, an awesome year. I published a ton more content this year than in 2012 despite many personal setbacks and I’m not at all surprised I didn’t reach some of my goals. I’ll talk more about 2014 tomorrow in my 2014 goals post, but I think it’s safe to say I’m on track for my best year yet as a writer and, for the millionth time, I’m very excited about what comes next.