Looking back at 2018

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.



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5 responses to “Looking back at 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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