It’s traditional at this time of the year to take a look back – a review of the best bits if you like of 2013!
Highlights for me were getting 2 1/2 novels published – although Hell has its Demons still needs some work doing to it, plus getting a number of short stories sent off to professional magazines.
With regards to blogging, some of the most popular posts have been old ones – the one on Dante below has had over 1,000 hits and I wrote it a few years ago now. An oldie but a goodie!
So here are my top 5 blog posts of 2013:
“Midway along the journey of our life” – Great Medieval Verses (this is from Dante’s Inferno)
What did people believe in the Middle Ages, Part 1
Why George RR Martin is NOT an American Tolkien
So You Want to Draw a Dragon?
Favourite Fantasy Fiction Characters: Logen Ninefingers (aka the Bloody Nine)
You can see my Goodreads author profile here: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1353250.Mark_Lord
Not sure if it will help much, but was quite fun to set-up! It’s interesting to see that Goodreads are also allowing you to now sell eBooks via their website. I wonder how many sales they are getting though? Most of mine so far seem to be coming via companies that have their own physical reader – i.e. Kindle, Nook or iPad/iPhone.
Anyway if you have read any of my writing, and would like to connect then feel free to do so over at Goodreads.
- Where can I read an author’s blog? (debsanswers.wordpress.com)
- Goodreads (all-things-andy-gavin.com)
- Giving Goodreads a Shot (battlegrip.com)
I want to keep a record of what writing I’m doing each day and also plan out what I need to do next, so this blog will act as a journal of this activity. This will also allow me to comment on how I feel my work is going.
Often I’m not actually going to be writing each day. Even with short stories there’s a fair amount of preparation required, such as the background setting and working on the characters, as well as planning the structure of the narrative and editing. So, a daily blog, I think might help keep up the writing skills on a daily basis. In a book by Michael Legat, which I was skimming through recently, the author recommended keeping a daily dairy as a way of getting into the habit of writing. This is what I intend to use this blog for.
Primarily the blog is intended as a blog, a log of activity, not as a way of getting an opinion across to a larger audience or for generating income through referrals or advertising connected to reviews. At some stage I may link the blog to my personal website. But first I need to sort out the content of that website. I have a domain name ready to go, but nothing else!