Gosh, has it really been that long since my last blog post?
November is always a busy month for me.  First, there’s NaNoWriMo which I make a point of doing each year even if my participation is just limited to further work on whatever book I’m currently writing.  Then every couple of years there seems to be a World of Warcraft expansion released around this time.  And this year there’s the added complication of having moved the contents of a 60 foot storage container into my new house and having yet to unpack all the boxes.  I’ve also upped my swordfighting training to twice a week.  It’s no wonder I have little time to blog.

I’ve long said that 2014 is my Year of Adventure and I’ve decided that 2015 is going to be my Year of Hard Work.  Now I’ve got my own place and fairly settled (well, when the dust clears from the move), it’s time to really crank stuff out.  I’ve done OK in 2014 – maybe not the 4 books I hoped, but it looks like I’ll probably get two 200k books done so I’m OK with that.  As a result, I’m trying to pick up pace so I hit 2015 at full speed.
I’ll be going into 2015 with a strategy.  This means writing an independent book inbetween each of the three sequels to the Four Realms.  I can’t write two fiction projects at the same time, but I’m dabbling with some non-fiction that I’m self-publishing under a pseudonym.  Diversification is key to the modern author and whilst I don’t want to self-publish fiction, I’d rather learn my mistakes in non-fiction so I know what to do should I have to.  The modern publishing world can be quite brutal but to authors that are versatile there’s a lot of opportunity.
Which means, in summary, that my focus is on getting work done.  Yes, there’s a plan, but my head is very much in getting the words written, and not off dreaming of how the future could be.  It’s taken a lot of work to get to this stage, especially after 2013 was a write off due to Leggedon,  but I think the foundations are all in place and it’s now just a case of knuckling down and getting on with it.
The result is that despite having people come stay for a week leading to no writing time, and a week off work to play the new World of Warcraft expansion (Level 100 in under 48 hours!), and clearing out and installing a library in the house, and the day job, and a new Ben Aaronovitch PC Grant novel… I look like I’ll comfortably complete NaNoWriMo this year.
Not too shabby.  Not shabby at all!