In With the New Year and a Look at the Old Ones

Two of my resolutions for 2022 are to stay strong with my book projects (writing, designing, publishing) and to blog more often (hopefully, once a week or more).

It’s interesting that I make those two resolutions often to myself and fall short. But I tread on … and peek at the past to make sure I’m advancing.

So, in a similar form that I used in my last post, here’s a look at my old January blogs and some of the items I featured.

  • January 2011, I began designing this website and blog, published my ABOUT page on the 17th, and made my first post a month later. I made no public resolutions.
  • January 2012’s blogs came with lots of humor, which included several Louie & Bruce comic strips. Again, I made no resolutions.
  • January 2013, I made my first Kindle publications and blogged about each one. The only promise I made was to keep writing stories.
  • January 2014 brought more of my free stories and poems. Still no resolutions for the new year.
  • I featured artwork and stories in my January 2015 blogs and made no resolutions.
  • I made no resolutions in January 2016 when my blog turned 5 years old. Since then, WordPress considers February as my blog’s anniversary month. Perhaps it’s because I didn’t post anything until February 20, 2011.
  • January 9, 2017 was the first time I made public my resolutions for the new year. I spent a lot of time planning the books that I finally began publishing in 2021.
  • I lamented to you, my dear readers, about my 9-to-5 job taking away from my writing schedule during January 2018. I also made tentative changes to my Ridgewood characters’ names and ages and presented more artwork and free stories.
  • I presented another free short story and a poem in January 2019.
  • In January 2020, I toyed with the idea of renaming the town Ridgewood in my books to the earlier Ravenwood from my high school days. It wasn’t a well thought out idea. Another idea that month was to make my teen character Vree into an adult and put her into a series of books for grownups. I ended up putting that idea on a back burner and letting it simmer. It’s still there and I stir it occasionally.
  • Last year, January 2021, I was days into retirement from the work force and making big plans for my future, which kept me away from my blog that month.

And now, 11 years and 483 posts after I began this project, I reiterate my promise to keep writing, posting my art and stories, and keeping you abreast of when I publish my books.

Have a Happy New Year, my friends, stay safe and healthy, and may life bring you joy beyond your dreams.

Another Year

Another December 31st, another year is ending. Here, in my cozy corner of our big planet, I’m ready with the new calendar going up on the wall to replace the old one now marked with appointments met (and some not met).

As I write this, my mind reflects on the past. It seems as if every year goes past us in such a hurry, which suggests a poem I wrote when I was a youngster at college. It’s more of a lyric than a poem because I structured it around a tune playing in my head at the time. I often wrote poetry that way and could have been a musician if I’d have pursued it. But making art was more important at the time, so…

The poem is called A Day Song.

Our eyes are fixing on the time
On moving hands and sacred signs
And chimes that ring the end of day.

Our minds are wanting time to slow
To have it stop and never go
To celebrate the day that stays.

Our time comes ’round in furrowed lines
In yellowed books and cellar wines
And bells that ring the end of day.

Our hearts are wanting time to slow
To have it stop and never go
To celebrate an endless day.

Old lips are thirsting springtime rain
To feel alive and young again
To taste the times we loved so well.

Our eyes are sad to see time go
To watch it run and always flow
To watch it pass and never dwell.

The end of every year stirs memories of accomplishments and failures. It’s what we do, then make resolutions to do better, accomplish more. While I write this, my mind reflects on my accomplishments and failures of 2021. My biggest failure was not blogging regularly.

I continued writing and stayed serious with my writing goals this year, though I did not post anything here during January. Thus, the month is a big goose egg in my blogging score.

In February, I posted two old Louie & Bruce comic strips from 1982 and received an achievement award from WordPress for blogging with them for ten years. I posted the news and earned a 3 for my score of posts for the year.

I scored a 2 in March for posting two more old Louie & Bruce strip from 1982, and a 1 in April for posting an apple orchard painting and the poem it inspired from 2006.

A Brief Pause in an Apple Orchard
A Brief Pause in an Apple Orchard, Oil Painting

I had nothing in May, which was a busy month of writing my books, designing book covers, replacing my old laptop with a new one, and learning some new writing and art apps that I put on it.

July was a busy blogging month, which I scored a 5 for posting more writing news, as well as reposting a poem about U.S. government’s calamities and a reflection of my stomach surgery in 2020.

I scored deuces in August and again in September. The four posts were about my writing and publishing endeavors. You can see several samples of my book cover art in the September posts.

If you’re still with me, October brought 1 post on Halloween (I love Halloween and frankly, the whole month of October) and another art post in November that features both wildlife and book cover art.

Day of the Fairies e-book cover

And now—ta dah! Today’s post scores me a 4 for the month. Three of them were shameless promotions of my e-book “A Night of Hellhounds” at Amazon. During those posts, I got in a serious quandary here at home over why my spellcheckers hyphenate e-book but not email. No one I’ve talked to knows why. If you do, please leave me a comment telling me why.

So, here we are at the end of this post—number 20 and the last one of 2021. Obviously, my goal for 2022 is to post more than twenty times before December 31st comes again. Another goal is to finish more books and to stay healthy. And it’s good health I wish upon you.

Have a wonderful day and (drumroll—the old end-of-year joke is coming) I’ll see you next year.

Free Book, Final Day

Today ends the free book offer of “A Night of Hellhounds” at Amazon (unless you’re a member of its Kindle Unlimited service). The book will return to its 99-cent price after midnight (Pacific time) until it becomes eligible again for a free offer in a month or two.

Go to https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09BFLJ563 to get yours.

I would like “A Night of Hellhounds” to be permanently free (or perma-free as I’ve seen it called), but I lack the wisdom and ability to get the folks at Amazon to cooperate. Therefore, I offer perma-free books at Smashwords, in case you’re interested in sampling more of my writing. Of course, there are plenty of free books here at my blog in the aptly titled and often ignored Books section at https://stevenlcampbell.com/books/.

My Smashwords page is https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/CampbellAuthor.

Happy reading.

Free Book, Day 3 of 5

Welcome to my post today about trying to interest people in reading my books.

I’m always excited to write a book that stayed with me and kept me excited from start to finish, through the many drafts, text formatting, cover art, and sleepless nights to finally share a good story with the world.

“A Night of Hellhounds” is such a book. I hope you’ll give it a read.

It’s a 3,000-word story featuring my favorite character, teenager Verawenda “Vree” Erickson, in which she is a descendant of witches known as Luminaries. Follow this safe link https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09BFLJ563 to go to Amazon and get a copy.

Did I mention it’s free?

Happy reading, my friends, have a great Christmas Eve, and stay safe.