Here are my reflections on the year passed…
I haven’t posted here since early October. Blog burnout is as self-doubt in writing. I’m experiencing both at the same time.
Part of the Bad Year
2016 has been a bad year for many of us. Music icons have died. Many. Celebrities in many other fields died. Just 3 days ago as I write these words
Carrie Fisher at WonderCon 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Princess Leia from Star Wars, Carrie Fisher, died of a heart attack. A day later
her mother Debbie Reynolds died of a major stroke (though many say it was caused by heartbreak).
There were also far too many terrorist slayings (anything more than 0 is too many). Also, many hate crimes including the slayings at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
I won’t even mention the recent US Election results… sort of. I won’t go into them in detail, a) because this isn’t a politics blog and b) a good way to burn bridges with potential readers would be to tick them off with partisan rants — so I won’t do any. All I will say is that it was an ugly election, and I hope never to see one like it again anytime soon.
In terms of my writing, as I said 2016 was not great for me either. with these words, you may be wondering if this is meant only as a gloomy post. I’m only explaining part of why 2016 is a year we’d all like to forget, me too. I’ve already started steps to make 2017 a better year for me.
Things to Come
I already have an article ready for a friend’s fanzine, and I’m working on a second one for another issue. I will =use this to galvanize me to relaunch my own zine from dormancy and to write a few letters for other zines that I’m a member of.
I’ve created a new editorial calendar to bolster the regular posting of updates on this blog, to get the newsletter for my mailing list more regular… and (I hope) to help me to get my short story done and my novel after it.
Goodbye to 2016. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out – and may 2017 be a good year!