My 2018: a year of ups and downs.

It’s the last day of the year, and I’ve been debating forever whether I should write one of these posts or not. As you can see, I finally decided to write one.

This year has been a bit of a wild ride for me, I’ve struggled with anxiety and depression, it feels as if I haven’t written as much as I should have, but thinking it over, I think it’s been a pretty good one.

On the writing front, I felt like I hadn’t accomplished much: I only published a novelette and wrote and submitted a novella. But you know what? Those were still a big win. My novelette, No Rulebook for Flirting, made it into the Top 10 Gay Romance anthology published by JMS Books. It’s probably my favourite story I’ve ever written, I love the characters, and making it into a Top 10 with this story, which has a trans main character, it’s one of the biggest wins in my career as an author so far.

When it comes to the other story I wrote, Waking Up the Sun, I’m very proud of it. It’ll be published with Nine Star Press next year. I’ve been editing it lately, and even though it’s the tenth time I look over these words I still love them. It’s a Basque mythology inspired story and it’s very dear to my heart. My beta readers liked it, and one of them suggested I make it into a full series, with every book inspired by different myths and legends, which I thought was an amazing idea and it’s unleashed a reasearch book shopping spree. So that’s something to look forward to in the new year.

On a more personal level, although I still strugged with my mental health and had some very dark weeks, it’s been a good year. I’ve travelled, I’ve learned new things, I’ve started a new and healthier lifestyle, and I got engaged.

I visited Córdoba in April, and I travelled twice to the UK, on my own, beating my anxiety and having an amazing time both times. I met online friends in person, some again, and some for the first time, and they all give amazing hugs.

I studied a literary translation course, finding along the way how much I would love to make of translation my profession. So much so that I’ve started studying a professional translation course, which again is something to look forward to in the new year.

I’ve also started exercising and changing my eating habits for more healthy food. And I’ve already lost 15 kilos, the first of many more to come. I have to admit, I don’t think I’ve fully grasped how much I’ve improved since May, but I have noticed how good exercise has been for my mental health. It’s helped me a lot.

As for the engagement, while some people still don’t believe it, I’m looking forward to the start of a new life with my partner. And honestly? Seeing my mum’s friend’s face when I told her I do have a partner was probably the highlight of this year’s Christmas lunch.

I hope you all have an amazing start of 2019! Here’s to more books and personal accomplishments!

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