Monday Musings: Looking back on 2015

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Well, it kicked off with a massive launch party for The Caretaker of Imagination, and it’s ending off with two anthologies: the (wo)manpower zine (which is just $4 and you can purchase here) and the Secrets anthology, which is currently with my printer. So all in all, a pretty good year!

In between was the sequel, Lucy’s Story: The End of the World (my personal favourite), and the drafting / editing of the third in that series, Beyond the End of the World.

In September, my sister talked me intoLucy's Story, The End of the World, chapter book, books for girls, high readers, gifted and talented, fantasy, sci fi doing some adult colouring books, so I did one called The Caretaker’s Colouring BookI also did one called Lucy’s Colouring Book which is aimed at younger artists, and the designs are much more simple.

 

Writing

As I’ve said in a previous post, I realised that I’d dragged writing down the priorities list, so over the last month or so I’ve put it back in its rightful place: at the top. I’m now just about halfway through a new draft, and as soon as I’m on break from the day job (next week) I’ll be head-first into editing Beyond the End of the World.

I’m not entirely sure where my writing will be going, but I’m fairly certain I’ll stay within the (broad) fantasy genre.

Mindset

If you’ve been reading this blog or following on social media (or talking to me, you know, in person) you’ll know I’ve been working on developing a growth mindset. I’ve been doing alright – I’m considerably better than I was a few years ago – but I still have a long way to go.

Specifically, I’m trying to recognise all the blessings rather than focus on the obstacles, and resist my tendency for ‘comparison-itis’. I’m also trying to get the voice in my head to hush so I can get on with making up stories!

Plans for 2016

I’m hoping to release Beyond the End of the World as an eBook in January 2016, and then in print during February.

In March, I’ll kick off with a new series, which is still in the same world, but far in the future. There will be some character overlap, and the first in the series tells the story of a young girl who’s trying to save her brother – but may have to make a huge sacrifice to do so. It’s about choices, hope, and freedom.

This series will initially released as eBook only, and I will probably do the illustrations myself.

20151120_105312The (wo)manpower zine, which I’m incredibly excited about, will be released on a quarterly basis (so Feb, May, Aug, Nov) for next year. If you think you fit the bill for this publication, feel free to let me know you’re interested in contributing.

Other than that, I’ve got a few projects on the back-burner, but not yet sure about publication schedule: a picture book linked to the Caretaker Series called The Train to Nowhere, and there’ll likely be another series in the making, possibly for adults. I’m planning to get some more painting done as well.

And now that I’ve talked all about me – I’m curious. What have been your highlights for the year, and what are you looking forward to most in 2016?

 

 

8 Responses to “Monday Musings: Looking back on 2015

  • You’ve had a good year, Zee. Hope 2016 is even better for you x

  • Well … meeting you a definite highlight! Also, giving things a go in several creative arenas. You don’t know unless you try. 2016? Looking forward to carrying on creating in a measured pace. 🙂

    • Z.R. Southcombe
      2 years ago

      Right back at ya! Funny, cause I don’t usually comment on The Book Designer, either. Fate, I say! :p I like the ‘measured pace’ bit there. Stealing.

  • Zee you have had a fantastic year! You are an inspiration to me 🙂

    The writing front was not exactly what I was hoping this year, but I did finally start my master’s degree andhave a plan for the future. Looking forward to watching more of my dreams come into reality in the next two years.

    • Z.R. Southcombe
      2 years ago

      Naww, means a lot coming from someone who is an inspiration to me. Mutual inspiration is a fantastic thing.

  • Jo Barr
    2 years ago

    Well done Zee and wishing you all the best for 2016.

    • Z.R. Southcombe
      2 years ago

      Thanks Jo – and you! Enjoy Crafternoon Tea 🙂

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