Weekly Roundup: Remembering 2018

Weekly Roundup is an update on what’s going on in my world. Welcome!

While it’s certainly true I didn’t accomplish everything I wanted to in 2018, it was still a good year! Below are some of the highlights, both personally and as an author.

Author Stuff:

  • In April I published my first paranormal, wolf-shifter novel Expectant Moon. Reviews have been very positive! Book two, Traitor’s Moon, is nearly finished.
  • Instead of scrambling to post something new all the time, I began the Weekly Roundup to keep my readers informed.
  • My writing has improved due to some great and timely advice from a number of sources and I continue to grow and learn.
  • Some fabulous story ideas are now waiting for me to find the time to write them!
  • While it was a difficult decision, my books have been enrolled in KDP Select for most of 2018. Along with other marketing changes, I’ve been able to earn a fairly stable (but meager) income from my writing.
  • My most popular post, the Odious Apostrophe appeared on April 16th.

While I have some goals in mind for the new year, I’m not going put pressure on myself by creating a list of resolutions. Aside from publishing Traitor’s Moon, I hope to write at least two novels and perhaps some short stories. If time permits, I may look into joining a local writers group. Much will depend on my work schedule and finances, so we’ll see.

Personal Stuff:

  • I completed a major move across country to live closer to my kids.
  • My oldest son welcomed a third child, my first Grandson, this year!
  • My younger son got married and they are now expecting their first baby in August!
  • I am blessed with a decent job, lovely apartment, good health, some caring friends, and my extended family. God has been very good to me, as always.


Current Manuscript – Traitor’s Moon hit a couple of bumps at the end of the year, and I’ve missed my goal of finishing by December 31st by just a few days. One problem was the need for an additional chapter, which is now nearly finished. The other issue involved not being able to get a full night’s sleep for many days in a row. The old brain simply shut down, and I needed all my resources just to get through the work day. I think I’m back on track now! Word count stands at almost 117,000.

Even though I’m still writing book 2 in the Gladstone Shifters series, I’ve been busy jotting down more ideas for book 3. Some pieces of the puzzle are finally falling into place, which makes it easier for me to finish the current manuscript, since it will include hints for the next book. I don’t want to commit myself to any major plot lines unless I’m certain I’ll use them, hence the need to plan ahead and consider the shape of the story carefully.

I don’t like cliffhangers, but I do enjoy giving readers a few hints about what may be coming in the next book – call them teasers if you will. Building in a little bit of anticipation creates interest and hopefully brings readers back for the next installment.

My posts for the next few weeks will be mostly about the shifter world I’ve created for my current series. In conjunction with the release of Traitor’s Moon, I want to share where it all came from and answer some reader’s questions. So get your wolf on, baby, and let’s get furry together!



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5 responses to “Weekly Roundup: Remembering 2018”

  1. H.R.R. Gorman Avatar

    You’ve done pretty awesome things! Good luck on your continued journey – I’ll be here rooting for you! I love seeing your updates as a self-published author because they make me think about ‘do I want to publish and, if so, how?’ a lot. You’re so upbeat and it’s contagious!

    1. Alexander Elliott Avatar
      Alexander Elliott

      Thanks H.R.R.! Everybody needs support and encouragement, and I’ll be here when you are ready to self-publish. Meeting great people along the way is one of the benefits of writing and I hope to build more relationships in 2019!
      BTW – THANK YOU for your awesome review of my book Odyssey. Wonderful!

      1. H.R.R. Gorman Avatar

        I’ve finished Exploration – I just need to get the Amazon bit done! I liked Odyssey best of the batch, though, because of the political villain.

  2. Theresa C. Avatar
    Theresa C.

    Congrats on your crazy/busy year! Wow! Another grandchild on the way, too! (You know women will ALWAYS comment on babies!!) I’m excited for you personally & professionally, too. I hope there is a good Author’s Group where you live & they will be helpful.
    I’m going to re-read Expectant Moon again, so I’ll be ready for book #2! I look forward to seeing Traitor’s Moon published soon!

    1. Alexander Elliott Avatar
      Alexander Elliott

      Thank you! I’m hoping for a more productive 2019 and less of the crazy/busy. Glad to see your enthusiasm for my next book, and I’m busy trying to get it finished. Great way to start the year!

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