Over the past few years, I haven't blogged much. Haven't updated my fans much. And haven't been hopeful of my writing much. Most of this deals with personal reasons, setbacks, and struggles, which close friends and family are aware of. But this post is supposed to be optimistic, so I'll get on with it. I kind of took a break from writing in 2016 leading up to the release of Squall of the Fates. I needed to focus on myself and my family. In 2016 and 2017, I buried myself in books. Towards the end of 2017, though, I began to write again. The desire came back, and I resolved to stick to short stories. I also read and reviewed ways to improve writing craft. However, my luck changed in April 2018 when I got an acceptance letter from Broadswords & Blasters for my short story, Collateral Damage. Boy, what a boost of confidence that was. Someone thought I was good enough for their magazine. I continued writing. Soon, I got more acceptances from other markets.