As the New Year approaches with rather more haste than I would like, I thought I’d take a moment to look back at 2018 and Chasing Dreams’ successes this year.
We published two books! The first, released in January, is of course the Jozi Flash 2017 anthology. Ten authors, 80 flash fiction stories, incredible artwork by the talented Nico Venter.
The quality of writing in this anthology is just fantastic, and I’m so proud and honoured to have such an amazing bunch of authors participating in what has become an annual project.
Look out for Jozi Flash 2018 releasing in 2019!
Then there’s Nthato Morakabi’s novella, Beneath the Wax, which was released in October and is available for purchase on Amazon. Nthato has an unbelievable gift for story-telling, and I’m thrilled that he chose to publish through Chasing Dreams.
Follow Nthato on his blog to find out when the rest of the series will be out.
EDITING & WRITING
Editing has mostly been focused on Jozi Flash 2018, since we’re publishing the anthology in just a few weeks. I have been working on Sketches, my own collection of flash fiction and short stories. I was originally going to publish a mish-mash of 50 different stories, but have since decided I’d rather have various themes running through the collection. Learning from Jozi Flash 2016, mish-mash doesn’t always work for flash fiction collections.
This meant that I needed to focus on writing more stories to have enough to put into the collection, which has proved a bit of a challenge. In addition to Sketches, I took part in some Microcosm events, wrote two ten minute plays, and have been working on two other scripts for the amateur theatre group I’m part of.
Writing, and Chasing Dreams had to take a step back when I got a full time job back in August. That being said, I do make an effort to write on a daily basis, even if it is just a paragraph or two. My stories are still being written and the plan is to publish them as soon as possible.
Another thing that had to take a step back was my participation in blog tours and writing book reviews. As much as I love reading and reviewing new (and old) books, I just didn’t have the time to continue after August.
LOOKING AHEAD TO 2019
A mixed blessing is that my work contract was only temporary, and it hasn’t been renewed, so while I’m looking for another job, I’m free to focus on Chasing Dreams Publishing. 2018 started off on a weird note and was a year full of lessons and growth for myself, and I’m sure many others.
Now that it’s nearing its end, I have big (but still manageable) plans for the new year!
I’ve set up a planner, and bought myself a diary for Christmas (and some of my favourite pens, because who doesn’t love stationery?), and I’m feeling very productive.
This doesn’t mean New Year’s Resolutions (because those never work and the guilt isn’t worth it), but it does mean goal setting, to-do lists and manageable tasks to tackle on a daily basis.
Overall, I’m leaving 2018 having learnt so much about how I personally cope with challenges, how to motivate and inspire myself, and generally stay focused on what I love doing – which is all about Chasing Dreams.
As we ring in the New Year, I hope it brings you all joy, passion, creativity and the courage to chase your own dreams, whatever they may be.