Looking Back at 2016 and Looking Forward

So what a year, huh? 2016’s been a crazy one, and I can’t help but think 2017’s got plenty more surprises in store. Still, despite everything , I keep holding out a little hope. 2016 was not all bad either (life never is).

It was back to work full time post-baby and honestly, I needed it not just financially, but mentally too. It was getting stifling being stuck in the house with no one to talk to besides a baby who couldn’t answer back. I needed space to recharge, and I’m lucky enough that I enjoy my job and the people that I work with. It was nice getting back to being productive.

And it turns out, that the busier I am, the more I manage to get done. I wrote 3 short stories, and found homes for 2. I also wrote 2 novels this year (this is something that I’ve never managed before). I think it’s because writing has turned into an escape rather than feeling like work. I’ve also learned that I’m a fast drafter, but I spend more time editing.

What I’d like to do in 2017

Write one novel. I have a new novel brewing where it’s hunter vs hunter (kind of like spy vs spy). There’s a monster who escaped quarantine, in hopes of showing the world the humanity of her kind before they die out, vs a poor boy whose family’s hopes are riding on his monster hunting success. I’m excited about this one, and wow, I’m dying to get back to writing in 3rd person after writing two books in 1st person, but we’ll see how the voice goes.

Maybe short stories. Maybe I’ll edit that third short story I wrote in 2016 and send it off again. I won’t pass up a good idea if one comes to me, but it’s not really a priority.

And reading. I’ve been more conscious about what I’m consuming, and wow there’s a lot of good diverse books these days. I’m going to make sure to read more in 2017 (of everything), and talk about some of them here, and also make it a habit to leave a review somewhere every time I enjoy a book. I don’t know why I never did that before. It doesn’t actually take that long to leave a few words and you don’t need to buy a book from Amazon to leave a review.

Conventions and Such. I will be a presenter at the Creative Ink Festival this year. I’m getting nervous just thinking about it, but that’s why exactly the reason why I need practice public speaking. If I can afford another convention or workshop, I may go, but I don’t have firm plans at the moment.

What are your plans for this year? I’d love to hear.