• Brian J. Walton

Looking Back / Looking Forward

Photo taken by Paxton, age 3

2018 has been quite the year when it comes to writing and publishing. If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that children make writing an exercise in necessity. The photo taken above was at about 6:30 a.m.. See the bed head? I had set my alarm for a 4:45 a.m. writing session and was woken up at 4:40 a.m. by a crying toddler. What are you going to do? I rocked him. Got him back to sleep. And started writing. About an hour later I hear the quick padding of little feet. It’s my three-year-old, Paxton, followed by my wife who’s holding the aforementioned toddler. They’re all up. She’s got to start getting ready for work. Writing session is over.

But… that’s when the photo shoot started. The one that produced the above photo, one of the first ever taken by Paxton. So, yes, it’s been quite the year. But moments like this are the ones I’ll remember.

Back to the Writing

On January 30 of last year, I published Incursion, the third book in my series The Recursion Event Saga. That release is going to stick with me, because it was only a month after my second child came home from the hospital, after having spent nearly three months in the NICU.

I followed that up with the fourth book in the series, Recension, which came out on May 25, and then launched a new sci-fi anthology series, Future Visions, less than a month later on June 15, which included an original short story entitled Alpha Run. The second volume of Future Visions came out on September 15, and the third volume came out on December 15.

To sum up, that’s two novels and three volumes of an anthology series that I edited. Did I forget to mention the two stand-alone short stories that came out during that time as well? That comes to 7 releases including two novels, three short stories, and three anthologies containing 33 original stories, which I hand-picked and edited.

No wonder I’m tired…

Future Visions

Creating and editing Future Visions has been a rewarding but exhausting experience. It’s been one year since the site went live, and still we continue to receive multiple submissions a day. To help with all of that work, I brought on a fellow writer, J. Scott Worthington, to assist in editing the series beginning with Volume 3. However, both of us are incredibly busy with projects outside of the anthology. Because of that, we’ve decided to make a few changes.

First, we’ve decided to put a pause on new submissions. And secondly, we’re clearing the publication calendar. I’ll have a post up on the Future Visions site soon explaining this in more detail. But the main thing that fans should and interested know doesn’t mean that Future Visions is going away, just that it’s taking a little break while we get caught up on everything that needs to be done.

First Things First

Speaking of my other projects, I’m taking some time in the next few months to plan for what’s next. I’m looking at some new projects, as well as returning to old ones. The first thing on the schedule is to finally complete The Recursion Event Saga. I’ve got a release tentatively scheduled for May or early June. This will be the fifth and last book in the series, and I think will be a powerful ending to what has been a very long journey, both for myself and for the characters.

The Future

As for the next project, that’s very much up in the air. I’ve got a few ideas in the works, one of which is something I’ve been working on for over a decade. But we’ll see if that gets on the docket next or if something else grabs my attention first.

Events

Finally, I’ve got a few events planned in the coming months. In April, I’ll be attending the Futurescapes workshop in Park City, Utah. And in November, I’ll be at the 20Booksto50K Conference in Las Vegas. I’m looking at fitting in a visit to the Nebula Conference. It’s here in Los Angeles this year, so it’s a real possibility that I’ll be there. If you are going to be at any of these events this year, drop me a line. I’d love to meet up.

Until next time…

Happy Reading!

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