Merry Covid Christmas…

…a 2021 Recap

Well here it is, another Christmas Eve and another one of those boring Xmas Wishes posts. I did plan a festive video for Patreon and wanted to write a short holiday story, but these last few days have been flushed down the dunny like a stinky turd. And so I decided to post a recap thing instead, because I actually have some GOOD news to share!

2021 has been a strange year. Although I haven’t published anything since Beneath the Grandstand, I now have 2 novels to be released during 2022, plus a re-release of The Lowest Realm. When I was sitting here pondering what to post, I realised that every single month this year, I’ve done something big that relates to my writing as a business. Check it out!

January

Beneath the Grandstand was named one of Kyler Warhol’s top 9 books of 2020! You can see the review and the link to the post HERE.

February

My friend Davo Hardy and I held a stall at the Blacktown drive-through market. We started out in high spirits, but neither of us made a single sale. What we didn’t realise was that because of Covid, only around 20% of the usual number of visitors attended. It was still a fun day!

Stacks of books and DVDs on a red tartan table cloth. the table is shielded from the sun by a white gazebo and behind the table is a white car.
March

I participated in the Soldier On challenge to help raise money for Aussie veterans. I walked just over 96km (via a treadmill in the gym lol) which is the length our diggers had to march on the Kokoda Track.

April

Originally, hubby and I shared one of the spare rooms and had our desks in there together. As he used his more and more, I couldn’t concentrate on my writing. I finally had enough and cleaned out the other spare room, and set up my own office. It’s a much better place for me to write in.

Two desks side by side with a bookshelf in between, sideways (attached to one of the desks)
May

For the first time, I finally plucked up the courage to start streaming on Twitch! I did a number of map streams, and also played 7 Days to Die and Diablo III. It was a lot of fun, but I haven’t kept up with it due to time constraints. Several of the map vids are on my YouTube channel.

June

June saw the return to lockdown for NSW. What was supposed to be 2 weeks turned into three months. While most people I know were pissed and hated it, I blossomed and was able to focus so much time and energy into my work. I resumed working on The Darkest Realm with a rekindled passion. I also recreated all of my maps and made new ones digitally for The Miscreant.

Digitally drawn map of The Miscreant's world
July

In July, I finally bit the bullet and made a Patreon account. I have so much bonus content such as deleted scenes that I needed a place for it to go. I’m slowly building up the content on there, though I will admit that I haven’t updated it for a couple of months. I simply have not had any news to post for October to December (until now).

August

I finished writing The Darkest Realm! This book is better than I could ever dream, so much so that I decided The Lowest Realm needed a rewrite. I’ve never been happy with that book, so I enlisted the help of my fab proofreader and flicked it over to them, along with The Darkest Realm.

I also commissioned a piece of artwork of Nika and Freyne from a very talented artist. I was blown away with how beautiful the piece was.

And finally, I buckled to social pressure and created a Tik-Tok account for my writing stuff. I made my first vid the day I went to get my first Covid vaccine. Check it out HERE!!

September

Given the amazing work that my artist did, I commissioned more pieces, because why not? I launched my Red Bubble store and have been going crazy buying merch! The link is up there ^ so check it out!

This month, my dear friend Kon wanted to make one of those hashtag Twitter prompt things, so we teamed up together and #WRITEboyslove was created. We’re now in the 4th month, and have something huge planned from March 2022, so stay tuned.

Freyne, Nika, Ashavan, and Tysion - hand drawn by an artist.
October

During October, lockdown finally ended and NSW was allowed to reopen. I had to stay in lockdown for another two weeks until my 2nd Covid vaccine, and then I was thrust back into work. Instead of the slow return like lockdown 1.0, this time we hit the ground running, and it was intense. By this point, I was still waiting for my proofreader and cover designer to work their magic. I had nothing to report, other than news that I was writing a spin-off story called Tysion’s Story.

November

Unfortunately, I missed my November 9th relaunch deadline. I was getting worried about losing the momentum on my blog and social media, so I decided to start going out to different cafes around Sydney and writing simple reviews from the perspective of a writer. I have more posts coming in 2022.

I think it was November that I got the cover for TDR!

A teaser of the cover for The Darkest Realm. The title is on a blueish background, and the rest is hidden by a black veil.
December

Once again, I missed my December deadline for both TLR and TDR. I have received TLR back from my proofreader and am working to rewrite the cringe parts. As it turns out, so much is cringe – it’s amazing to see just how far my writing has evolved and improved. I’m so freaking happy with how this story is improving!

I was fortunate to be invited to attend the premier showing of Davo’s latest film, Public Eye. Bloody amazing film that has won numerous awards already! Be sure to check it out.

This upcoming week, I’d made plans for my parents to come up just after Christmas when I get some time off work, and finally see each other after 2 years of border closures. It’s been hard not seeing my family for so long. Well, you can imagine my chagrin when I found out just 2 days ago that I’m a close contact with a positive case, and therefore must get a test and isolate. Just one day before my test, the rules were changed…

I now must isolate for 7 days, and minimise my presence in public for another 7 until I return a negative test on day 12. My parents are a mere 67km away, waiting to come to Sydney on the 27th, and now I may only get to see them for a day or two IF I don’t test positive. So that’s been a kick in the guts. But on the good side, I can focus on finishing off the rewrites for TLR and get that baby relaunched in January!

What’s next?

My new schedule is to have TLR relaunched by January 14th, so i can give it a minimum of 2 weeks of promo before I release TDR in February.

On Sunday 20th Feb, Davo and I will once again have a stall at Fair Day, and will be offering our signed books and DVDs at discounted prices. While I fully intend to release this Feb 1st, the official book launch will be at Fair Day.

TL;DR

It’s been a bloody long year, and I have accomplished so many things. I feel like 2022 will be a big year for my publishing quest, especially when I get to sit down and write book 3, The Final Realm. All of my focus will be going into finishing this series and promoting it.

I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. Thank you all so much for standing by me during this crazy year. Whether you celebrate Xmas or not, have a safe December and I’ll see you all in the new year.

Much love,
~AAC <3

Merry Christmas spelt out by Scrabble tiles on a pink background and bordered by snowy pine cones.
Photo by Olya Kobruseva from Pexels

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