So, two real topics to this thread. Reflect on what you and others wrote in 2012 and Give us a little tease about what you plan to do and hope to see in 2013!
2012 in Retrospective
Personally, this was a good year. I managed to get about seven chapters of Spirit Wolf and six chapters of Concerto di Ali complete. That's not only more than what I've put out most years, it's probably my strongest year of writing yet. From the Prologue of CdA to the emotional climax of Spirit Wolf, I think this year, I really bookended myself with strong, powerful scenes that really define each respective work. I'm really proud of how both stories are shaping up, and I'm really blessed and humbled to have such consistent and amazing feedback from everyone here.
Outside of Spirit Wolf, I've done a little more side-writing than normal. Starks and Recreation, Crystal Reaper, DURIAN, and my random furry stories have been fun to play with, and other unreleased works have helped me grow and become more versatile as a writer.
Also, 2012 has brought with it a LOT of new writers and talent to the section. Mumbling, Keo, Nex, Supernova, to name a few, have brought new and exciting pieces to the section, and favorites like Yukino and Stargazer are still going strong. Ultimately, I wish we could've had as explosive a year with the Bi-Weeklies/Monthlies as we did last year, but shit happens. shrug I'd say we've got a nice batch of stories going, but hopefully we'll get more in 2013.
I think it's important to write a lot, because experimenting leads to experience. This year, I've done that, but not enough. Concerto is now over two years old (though the current iteration is only about a year old), and Spirit Wolf is getting there soon. If I want to see these works published and myself continuing to bigger and better things, then I'll need to step it up and write more in 2013…
What's Coming in 2013?
My keywords for 2013 are "finish what you start" and "expand and experiment".
"Finish what you start" is self-explanatory. My goal is to complete Spirit Wolf this year. I'm targetting July for it to be complete 100%, though if my more aggressive writing habits actually pay off, I may get it done sooner. Whatever the case, if I am still writing Spirit Wolf in 2014, I'm probably just not cut out for this.
Concerto di Ali is a much, much larger beast. Whereas SW is hovering at its halfway point, CdA is still in the opening chapters of the FIRST book. So, in that case, "finish what you start" entails me just finishing up the opening chapters and FINALLY introducing all of the focal characters (two more are in the wings). Of course, I plan to get further than that, but baby steps.
D.U.R.I.A.N. should be finishing up the Gekkorp Arc very soon, but the wheels for the next arc are already set into motion. 2013 should see THAT arc coming to a close as well, hopefully.
Tinier projects will get some resolution, of course. I might finish up and release all the Season 1 chapters of Starks and Recreation, but that is not a priority.
"Expand and experiment" is a wholly different philosophy and will see me more actively taking part in other modes and forms of storytelling. Already, I have plans for a webcomic, cartoon, video game or three, more short stories, and a lot more artwork! Why so much? Expanding my horizons and stuff. I've got a new goal in my life that involves all kinds of media and being proficient in lots of different storytelling styles is critical.
Expect the new stories sometime early in the year. As for some teasers, the webcomic will be a story I've hinted and teased at a lot in the past. The animation is going to be a really surreal and intense experience grounded in actual real life events that happened to me. ^^ And finally, one of the video games will be set in the Concerto di Ali universe, which goes directly against something I once said in the conferences, but plans do change. ^^
Now then, what do I want to see from y'all in 2013?
Uncle Kenny: Words per minute. I want Thriller Blend. I want Tellus. I want them all in large doses. Inside of me. Right now.
ChesCa: I feel like Yukino is wrapping up, so I definitely want to see how that one ends. I also want to see more Bound, or perhaps something new entirely? Surprise me, buddy!
RPGJay: I want to see more from you in general. Your scripts are always so silly and fun to read that I can't stand that GREASER's been on the downlow for like ever.
Shuhan: You disappeared! Write lots and lots more! You're getting better and your work is always so fun and energetic. Get back here buddy!
Crossword: Like Yukino, I feel like Stargazer is approaching its end and I hope to see that this year, as well as some hints about what's coming next from you!
Mumbling: Keep pushing out that Chimera Phase! This is probably my favorite story of 2012, so do NOT leave me hanging!
LaCaSiNa and Nex: I feel like, as horror writers, you can learn a lot from each other and I really hope you guys pay attention to each other to see what kind of influences each of you can have on the other. Not to mention more writing of course.
Insider: You disappeared too. I want more writing from you! You've got this distinct voice no one else can imitate! Bring it back in 2013, okay?
Kylor: Hurry up and make your triumphant return, okay? More Dastardly Two or something new, it does not matter.
Smudger, Brennen, and other prospective writers: Threads! FEED ME THREADS!
So yeah, what did you all think about your work in 2012 and what are you hoping to do in 2013?