We’re a few days away from the start of 2022, and I just want to get on with it. Yes, I know Naomi Osaka and Simone Biles were courageous. Yes, I know everyone was talking about Squid Game and Spider-Man: No Way Home. Yes, I’m sad all those celebrities died this year. No, I don’t want to watch the January 6 Insurrection again, except to see all those responsible get hauled off to prison. I want to get started on the new stuff.
You will start seeing more book reviews and interviews of other writers. I joined a community called Feed My Reads where writers support each other by doing interviews and book reviews. It’s a great way to get the word out about other indie authors and help each other build our readership. I’ve always believed that writing is a cooperative, and not a competitive, enterprise. (Something I also experienced in Little League.) I encourage you to support the writers I share my platform with.
Speaking of Feed My Reads, I will participate in their online event in February. Look for my sessions on my website under “Upcoming Events.”
I’m resuming work on my novel Christina’s Portrait for Fun A Day Reseda in 2022. I plan to finish it this year. But I have some research to do in the San Fernando Valley, and I hope the new-and-improved version of our microscopic friend eases up so I can do it. In-person book events would also be nice.
I’m also planning to use my Medium site to offer supplemental content about writing and my thoughts on the publishing industry. I get paid for reads on Medium, and this would enable me to create a Patreon-like supplemental service. Plus, your Medium membership gives you access to a wide range of articles on a variety of subjects. Give it a visit.
While I’m focusing more on writing, I will continue to speak out on issues and share my insights on a variety of topics.
I look forward to joining you on the road ahead. Let’s hope for good things in the coming year.