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DragonBeck – 2015, a review

(I love this picture; it is tied for first place in my favorite photos of the year 2015.)

When one gets to the close of a year, a certain reflection on the past year is due. This is a look at 2015 (mostly in pictures).

It had been a busy year, and I’ve learned a lot about writing, editing and publishing books. I’ve been working diligently on my writing goals, using my cover as an author to achieve total world domination. I began my own dragon hoard of dragonish stuff, including my towel for when I go hitchhiking across the galaxy, pens, jewelry, cups, and bookends. I believe in this way I will preclude forgetting my name. I started blogging, and broke 100 followers on twitter (I’m hoping I look back on that statement some months or years from now and am able to laugh at how cute and naive I was when I was a young writer).

The biggest accomplishment came earlier in the year, when I released my first novel First Magyc and had an awesome party to celebrate (with color-coordinated decoration!!):

(This is other photo tied for first place in the Greatest-DragonBeck-photo-of-2015 contest.)

I started reading at local events hosted by Wordier Than Thou, and commiserating about the nervous butterflies which accompany same with Alanna Cormier helped get over the pre-show jitters in a marvelous fashion:


Naturally there were many awesome ISG meetings, and yet I don’t think there could ever be enough of that particular brand of awesomeness:

ISG bw 02

Along the way I penned a few Stories My Friends Started, which was a lot of fun.

There was the book fair:


and my short story “Blood Oath” published in the Ink Slingers Guild’s fourth annual anthology Bent Horizons:


All in all, 2015 was a fantastic year; thank you to everyone who was a part of it. I am really very glad you were there to share it with me.

May the coming year bring abundant love and laughter, and as many good memories, good friends, and triumphs as there are stars in the sky, and a few dragons as well (the good kind) 😉

❤ DragonBeck

…and the Dragon survived.

Hello 🙂

So I did go and read one of my stories aloud, as planned, and promised.

I read the first half of “Finding Magic” from The Death of Jimmy; I started with “Hello, my name is Nicole DragonBeck, I am an Ink Slinger and a published author – my book is for sale back there – and at the moment I’m going to read you a story called “Finding Magic” from The Death of Jimmy.” and left off with “If you want to find out which Jimmy dies, you have to buy the book.”

I have these photos of my books on display at the Clearwater Center for the Arts:



There was supposed to be a video of me reading, but there was a slight malfunction. It was not my fault.

The reading was a lot of fun. I will probably do it again 🙂

❤ DragonBeck

P.S. I’d like to thank Erika Lance for making me go and all the encouragement, Alanna Cormier for the commiseration, Lisa Barry and Lila for coming out to support me in my first reading, and my sister for manning the camera. I ❤ you guys!