Wrapping up a year

Well, 2016 has been quite a year, hasn’t it? I know this blog has gotten quiet of late – sorry about that. Some of it has been work driven, some of it other factors. I think all of us, one way or another, have felt the emotional drain of the last few months, and I am not immune.

At the start of 2016, I swore this was the year I’d make some headway on my writing. I can honestly say I kept the promise – 1 short story sold and published, 1 sold (and paid) to be published early next year, and as an experiment I released my first book on Amazon. By any standard, I’ll call that a success. If the numbers are to be trusted, I wrote over 300k words last year (blog + fiction). Wowzers.

For 2017, I have plans. I have a novel I plan on releasing, the sequel I’m writing currently, and a re-release of my first novel with some edits (spelling fixes and the like, nothing new/changed). A lot of that is on hold this first quarter, for reasons that will made clear in a month or so.

Of course, there is more to 2016/17 than just writing. I’ve been very fortunate this last year – the girls are happy, mostly well adjusted (at least with me being one of their influences). My wife is well, her lupus symptoms currently on the downswing, and our family grew with the addition of a kitten this summer.

2016 is winding down over here. I know many of my friends have already toasted in the new year. We have a sparkling cider ready to pop open and share with the girls in less than an hour. Salud!