So much to do and so little time. I’ve been working on more rings and other jewellery for Seadrake Creations. My photography has certainly improved, but I’m still struggling to be seen and found on etsy (http://www.etsy.com/shop/SeadrakeCreations?ref=si_shop) as there are so many millions of people selling there. I do very well at the craft fairs, so this year, I’ll be looking for more fairs to sell at.
I loved doing the bat ring for Berni. She’s going to wear it to the next Dracula Society meeting – a perfect setting for such a goth ring. Other jewellery projects have been doing more rings, working with traditional sterling bezels (look at the etsy moonstone ring which blends fine silver with sterling https://www.etsy.com/listing/120699333/beautiful-6mm-moonstone-in-fine-silver). My wax ring is looking beautiful with celtic spiral and trinity knots, but it’s too expensive to have cast just now. I’ll have to wait until I’ve sold more work.
As for writing… I suppose I needed a break. I’ve not written anything new for knowonder save for the forward to the next anthology coming out soon. The ideas seem to be bottlenecked in my head but come out as dark teen fiction – probably because I’m still editing my YA 16+ fantasy book, Downtrodden. Blood Tide was swept up in the free offers after Christmas – over 400 readers downloaded the book internationally in three days, but only one person left a review. Thankfully, it was a five star review, and that did make my day. After years of toil, research and rewrites, it has come to pretty much nothing. Yet I’m happy I wrote it. It is, in my opinion, my best work – something that I may never top, which is a scary thought.
The days are passed wondering what else I can do to promote my work. There is always more to be done, but there is danger in just throwing out cash for google-ads only to find your time and efforts would have been better off spent on something else. So what on earth to do next? I really want to get this fantasy edited, dusted and kindled. A wonderfully supportive fellow author has shown me the path to Smashwords – an online resource that allows authors and publishers to upload to most retail outlets for little to no cost. So I suppose I’ll continue to slog forward, blinded by the icy headwinds, recklessly delusional in the hope that someday, someone will pick up my work and hand it to someone who might send me a good contract.