Somehow New Year’s Eve always sneaks up on me. It didn’t hit until this morning that today is the last day of the year and that I should take a look back and see how the year treated me.
I think it goes without saying that 2017 was a political mess. I don’t want to start down that rabbit hole or I’ll probably spend this whole post venting. I’ll simply say that after the Doug Jones election, I’m feeling some hope for the 2017 mid-term elections. On the Canadian side of things, I’d like to see a little more action from Trudeau (especially on Native issues). Okay, enough about politics.
On a personal level, I’ve had a fairly noteworthy year. I finished my first Novel and have started sending it out to Agents. I’m still figuring out the best way to do that, but as with all things, it’s a learning process. I’ve moved my blog to this site and built the (admittedly not that attractive) site itself. I’m writing more short fiction and sending it out to various journals. I had two stories accepted for publication. I know there are a lot of authors out there who have done a lot more than this, but for me, it was a big year.
Most unexpectedly, I started a second novel for NaNoWriMo. I failed horribly at getting 50k words down in a month, but I’m still trucking along and have added another 10k words in December. I’ll continue working and hopefully finish the first draft in the next few months.
Since I’m writing a whole new genre as well as a topic I have very little first-hand knowledge of, I’m very thankful for my friends who’ve helped me out on this journey. Sunny has gone over specific story points and gone on writing dates with me. Jon and Meagan took the time to sit down with me over coffee so I could grill them for two hours. Deanna let me hijack her time while we were out doing other things and Angela from Twisted Sister has been a vital resource not just for this project but for all aspects of my writing life (as well as a good friend outside of my writing life).
While these people (and others) have certainly helped me in my writing life, more than that, I’m just appreciative to have such great people in my personal life. This year I’ve spent a lot more time with friends than previous years. In March I finally met Robin in person. After working together for 6 years we never had the opportunity to meet. We had a lovely vacation in Jasper, Alberta and spun some fire.
This past week, I met Tim and Alicia, who I’ve been internet friends with for over 15 years as well as some of their friends (Marc and Kristi). They do a podcast together (Dance Robot Dance), which I listen to and they invited me to guest host an episode with them while everyone was in town for the holidays.
I also went out with a bunch of different co-workers this year, which makes going to work a lot more fun.
Speaking of work, I went on my first work trip this year. And even though I was working quite a bit, I got to spend a week in Vancouver and meet a bunch of my teammates who live in different Provinces. This was my first time going anywhere in Canada outside of Ontario (my trip to Jasper was my second). I also got a fairly significant promotion at work.
Lastly, Sunny and I had our 15 year wedding anniversary. So yeah, all things considered, it’s been a positive year for me.
Novels read: 15
Favourite novel: Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
Favourite song: How Would You Like to Play God by Amanda Palmer
Most listened to song: East Side Glory by Marnie Stern
Favourite comic series: The Wildstorm by Warren Ellis