And there we have it—2021 is nearly over. It seems like just a few weeks ago it was January, right? And then a couple of days after that it was summer for a bit, and now it’s somehow Christmas.
When I think back though, (and check my notes), a lot of stuff has happened in the last year.
I started 2021 just having published my second book, and I was still living away from my wife (in the Arctic, no less!) I was lucky to have her with me for a while at the start of the year and it became kind of a secluded getaway kind of thing because of the pandemic. We had some adventures, spent some quality time together, and then went to back to our own again.
During spring I found time to draft a sci-fi thriller as a challenge to myself to see how fast I could do it, (14 days I think it was), but my biggest accomplishment of the year was submitting my horror novella to an indie press and getting a full request!
I moved back with my wife at the start of the summer, after two years apart, and it was like we fell in love again all over again, even after 15 years together.
Then I had a short sci-fi story called ‘Contact’ accepted for publication with Black Hare Press. I spent the fall working away from home for weeks on end, which was almost harder than living away from my wife because the little time we got together on the weekends seemed to just slip through or fingers. But then I came back home again, and after a round of edits on that horror novella I mentioned, I signed a contract for publication.
At The Gate will be published next year, and I couldn’t be more excited!
I also got involved with writing for a fiction podcast this year, and I can’t wait to share with all of you, hopefully sometime next year.
I also plan on publishing my third thriller, which I know a lot of people have been asking and waiting for. There’s been some bumps in the road, but it’s basically finished at this point and I hope to have it out fairly soon.
My wife and I are planning more adventures for next year, and even though we feel like we’ve just come back together, we’re already cooking up where to go next. Will we stay put or move again? And will it be together, next time?
I’m excited for what the new year will bring—but I also don’t mind that 2021 will last just a little bit longer.
But first, Christmas! And in Norway (where both us are from and currently) we celebrate on the 24th. So now I’ll be resting for a week, celebrating, reading (nearly finished The Stand!), and enjoying good food and better company.
Happy holidays everyone, and have a happy New Year!