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2023 Achievements

So, in an effort to be more positive about my work, I'm doing a "My Achievements!" article. I tend to focus on what I didn't accomplish at the end of the year, instead of what I did. It's been interesting to see how much I've done, and I should be happy about what I've accomplished.   It's true, I didn't get everything done I wanted to in 2023. it's true, I have not sold the thousands of books other indie authors have, but I am chugging along making my way.
Sikode from Wellspring Dragons
Photoshop composite by Shade Melodique (me!) using stock images from
amazingmikael, Envato Elements
arturhidden, Adobe Stock Images
Netfalls, Envato Elements
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  I ended the year with:  
  • 552.77K total page views account-wide
  • 343,211 views for Lapis of Nicodem serial
  • 95,517 views for Evenacht serial
  • The Wellspring Dragons book site has 141,691 words in 160 worldbuilding articles
  • Lapis of Nicodem book site has 64,826 words in 103 worldbuilding articles
  • Evenacht book site has 125,416 words in 105 worldbuilding articles
Lapis in Treve, Dentheria
by Shade Melodique using ClipStudioPaint, Photoshop and Unreal Engine
  One of the artworks I did in celebration of Lapis of Nicodem Book 1 reaching 100K views
Other World Anvil Goodness
  • The Butterfly Sylfaone article (Wellspring Dragons) won an award in the Summer Camp competition
  • Merdia article (Evenacht) was nominated for Best Worldbuilding Article of 2022
  • Both Lapis of Nicodem and Ambercaast (Lapis of Nicodem Books 1 and 2) reached 100K views
  • Brought Knavish Canto (LoN Book 3) to a close and started Broken Dulcet (Book 4). I wrote 108,117 words on Knavish Canto in 2023
  • Brought Snake’s Den (Evenacht Book 1) to a close and started Greenglimmer (Book 2). I wrote 117,855 words on Snake’s Den in 2023
  • Revamped the Wellspring Dragons website, and am still working on updating all the pages
  • Revamped the covers for LoN Books 1-3, and because I needed to split a few chapters in Book 1 (they were too long; yep, I changed my opinion on that over the years), I edited the book and it’s now published as a 2nd edition
  • Created the Broken Dulcet and Greenglimmer covers
  • Drew the Greenglimmer map
  • Sponsor/judge for World Ember 2022 & Summer Camp 2023
  • Read many, many articles

Wellspring Dragons
  • Sold 30 copies this year
  • Published the 2nd editions of Books 1-3
  • Went wide, using Draft2Digital
  • The Abyss of Dreams WIP has 116,907 words
Art and Music
  • Decided on Shade Melodique as my pen name for art
  • Created over 100 artworks, including book covers and images for worldbuilding articles, ads, and videos
  • I started drawing some works in a sketchier style, and I really like it
  • Wrote, recorded, mixed, and produced a couple of songs (and then my computer decided DAW = silence. Just got a new set-up that will hopefully put the music back in music)
I did not get these accomplished in 2023, so now they’re on my to-do list for 2024!  
  • The Abyss of Dreams: Wellspring Dragons Book 4 being published
  • Revamps of LoN and Evenacht sites
  • Starting a storefront
  • Print editions of Wellspring Dragons
  • Finishing my Evenacht intro video
Death with Rayva
by Shade Melodique using Photoshop
  One of my sketchier artworks. It's meant to be faster than my polished stuff.
What Else?
I have a lot planned for 2024. There is a part of me that wants to get one of my other series out there, but I think I'm going to be swamped with what I have!  
  • Start editing/revamping Wellspring Dragons Book 5, working title Unexpected Journeys
  • Continue the bi-weekly publishing schedule for Broken Dulcet and Greenglimmer
  • Take breaks when I need them!!!
  • Try to create and follow a creation calendar, to fit in everything I want to do. I tend to do what I feel like at that point, and sometimes stuff gets shoved to the back burner when I need to focus on it
  • Draw more
  • Get more videos out there
  • Another attempt at audiobooks
  • Continue journey into learning 3D art
  • Try to be more social on social, do more reshares, write comments
  • Be positive about my work–yes, people do read it!
  While having a list of things to do is nice, if I don't end up finishing something, that's OK. Sometimes you just have to accept that.
I think that about does it. I'm sure I forgot something.   I was really down on myself, thinking I had not accomplished much this year (especially since I did not get the print editions of Wellspring out, nor the fourth book. Burnout on a story is horrid, and clawing your way back into liking it isn't easy). But when I sat down and looked, I think I did a fair bit, and more than I give myself credit for.   Thank you to my readers! Your support keeps me going!  
Veer Tul. Syimlin of Darkness
by Shade Melodique using Photoshop and ClipStudioPaint


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