For our 280th post on the blog, I thought I’d talk a little about ‘reflections’. Just as a mirror reflects your image, the transition into 2016 offers us an opportunity for reflection.
As a whole new year approaches, we often have a moment or two to reflect on what happened throughout the past year. For some it may have been all good; others probably think it was the worst, and are looking forward to changes. But, I think for most of us, we can look back on the end of the year as a culmination of both good and bad events. Maybe you had to switch jobs, and the adjustment has been difficult, to say the least. However, there are positive aspects to that kind of life change as well. The future is uncertain, for sure, for anyone really these days, but it holds more promise than you realize. Maybe that job is the right fit. You just don’t know it yet. It’s all about perspective. As you look back on the past year and make your resolutions, try not to think of whether the glass is half full or even partially empty. Instead, remember the good moments and try to balance them with the bad. I bet you can recall some moments there where you were happy. Well, what were you doing that day? And who were you with? Store those memories to be cherished now and in the future. And the bad things that happened? They’re over now, and you can look on the new year as a fresh slate.
2016 will be a fresh slate for Writing in the Modern Age as well, and opportunities abound! Who knows? Perhaps the blog will go in directions I never imagined. That has been the path thus far, uncertain yet filled with enormous potential. Since its guest author launch in 2013, Writing in the Modern Age (#WritModAge) has housed hundreds of different writers and the blog is constantly expanding. From guest articles to author interviews, character interviews, poetry spotlights, reposted book reviews, special events all the way to the upcoming ‘Author’s Bookshelf’ feature, Writing in the Modern Age has certainly taken on a life of its own! And I can’t thank our guest authors and readers enough for not only visiting the site, but inspiring me to push forward, to try new things and make it the best I possibly can. Whether authors came to the site for an interview, to talk about a new book, or simply to offer advice to fellow writers, their efforts are much appreciated! Writing in the Modern Age was a project that began as a haven for writers of any stage to visit for writing tips, and it has also evolved well beyond that to a great place for readers, and lovers of any book genre, to find a new favorite author and to figure out what makes a writer tick. Also, since its inception, the blog has earned two awards! Yay! :)
And 2015 has been awesome! With almost 90 posts this year and 144 participating authors, I’d say we’ve done rather well! From author and character interviews to Rival Gates’ incredibly inspiring article about going your own way, to Diana Rubino and Barbara Weitzer’s advice that it’s never too late to publish, all the way to Arie Farnam’s tips on creating magic in your fantasy works, so much has happened! We even had several multi-author events: two big book giveaways, two extra special events hosted by yours truly, including a cool “Why Do We Write?” post, and two others done by talented author Lois W. Stern (she always has great ideas for collaborations).
I can’t thank all of you enough, whether you contributed to the blog as an author or writer, or simply a reader who came across the site via social media. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for making Writing in the Modern Age a lovely place writers can call home, and a site readers love to come back to time and time again! To further express my gratitude, let’s give a round of applause for all of your hard work this year!
Below I am including information about all the authors who were featured in 2015, either in an interview, article, book giveaway or other event. Each author or writer will be listed with a link to the most relevant website to find out more info about their books or writing. You will also see all the authors’ latest books, as well as their general location in the world. For what reader isn’t curious about where his or her favorite author hails from? And if the writer hasn’t yet published a book, an upcoming cover or simply an author picture will be included. Oh! You can also click on the book covers for a relevant purchase page.
Readers, enjoy the list and check out these great contributing Writing in the Modern Age authors!
Olga Núñez Miret - Sheffield, England