2010 was a lot of things for me, on a personal level. Many of them difficult, many of them bad. But 2010 was also the year I published my first wholly original (by which I mean, non-tie-in) novel. It’s a goal that I’ve had for well over a decade, a goal that a fraction of the people who attempt actually manage to accomplish. Whatever else does or does not happen with my career, I did it.
Sometimes, I think, it’s important to take a moment to remember that.
ETA: Lest I be misunderstood, I want to clarify that the above should in no way be taken as a slam against tie-in novels. I appreciate every tie-in opportunity I’ve had so far, and I look forward to doing more of them. I just want to do them alongside my own stuff. 🙂