2017! Phew! A year has gone by and I have to say it was a bittersweet year. A year marked with grief and toil. Through the blinding haze that settled after my father’s death so much happened; my ministry was born, I’ve been furiously writing and that led to a slew of book sales that will continue into 2018. Did I announce I have a three book deal with Touchpoint Press? Yippeee!
In 2017, Cinders of Castlerea, Under A Scottish Sky and Where the Stars Rise were released by independent presses. I also self published Ten Reminders for the Single Christian Woman and it led to so many success stories from all over the world. My fifth work is out with Amazon Publishing for consideration. (I need your vote for publication)
With 4 books out this year, it’s been a busy time and it’s going to get even busier as The Milanese Stars comes out along with two short stories for Greywolfe Publishing and another for Backyard Earth’s Journal. So the first quarter of 2018 is going to be hectic. Watch out for my new releases.
Ministries are sometimes born out of extreme pain and my podcast started in a similar vein. Never in my wildest dreams had I imagined The Christian Circle Podcast would top 1000 plays with just 15 podcasts and simple software. This has reached listeners far and wide as we spread the news about Christ and how we fare on our own Christian journey. I know it’s hard to be a good Christian especially when you realize how cruel people can be, how they mistreat widows, how corporate greed can blind people and how justice is subverted. It reminds me of Robert Frost’s lines, “The woods are lovely, dark and deep.”
Yet, my listeners have proved that Christ’s light shines in that darkness and there is no fear, because He has overcome the world. Then there have been queries from the medical community created to help those in family or corporate practice. A series that is loved and I wish I could dedicate a separate web-space for it alone.
2017 marked a renaissance of sorts. In fact, it sparked new books and stories, that I can’t wait to share with you. There’s a lot to do though and I’ve hit the ground running. After prayers, the podcast for next year has been planned, so are our blog posts! I’m still going through all the mails I’ve received for QMC, just so we have a very interesting series of answers and insights next year.
On a personal note, I’ve shifted from the keyboard to the grand piano, will share a post on how I’m doing with this transition. I’m not quite used to the grandeur of a piano. But I love the rich sound and elegance of my teacher’s baby grand.
Needles to say, I couldn’t have done this without you, my readers and the writing community. Whether it was raising over 1000 CAD for the Edmonton Food Bank or to spread the word about my books/ campaigns, you helped me achieve so much. And so as I review 2017, I ask for your continued support next year and rest assured you are in my prayers.
I wish all of you a very warm Christmas and a blessed New Year 2018!