2015 was a strange and pivotal year.
Early this year, I was unemployed, job searching, writing, baking, painting, and cooking. I worked on a chapter book of poems that I self-published on Amazon (Accidental Songs). It was a challenge, and I’ve still got a lot to learn. I hope to do another one soon.
In the spring, I became employed! So I wrote less, baked and cooked less, had nothing to paint (all rooms were done). I planted tomatoes and a single pepper plant. All did remarkably well! Lots of pasta sauce and salsa during the summer!
I still managed to finish NaPoWriMo, then probably averaged about a post a week on my blog. In retrospect, I delved a lot more into rhyme and meter this year than in the past. I gained some new followers, some real, some not … ;). Thanks to all who discovered and followed my blog in 2015.
In the summer, my eldest son got married! Beautiful wedding. Wonderful time. Great daughter-in-law! Then they moved all the way across the country… 😦
Then the rest of the year just flew by…
Things I would like to do as a writer(and not a writer) in 2016:
- Personally meet more blogging acquaintances. Something difficult to manage, given the global nature of the medium. But, we are human, and humans need social interaction. I’ve never personally met a single blogging-“friend”…
- Submit more poems for print publication – I’ve tried this, and was sorely disappointed. But, I believe this is a valid goal for any writer. So I keep trying.
- Do another chapter book. I enjoyed the process. In the future, I would like to try a collaboration with another writer or illustrator. How has this worked out for anybody?
- Attend/participate in a writing workshop. I did this in 2014, and really enjoyed it, but missed the one that was local this year – it wasn’t as well advertised – and I didn’t see the notice until too late. Anyone have any good/bad experiences with this they would like to share?
- See more baseball stadiums (I didn’t get to a single new park this year).
- Walk more, eat less, control my blood sugar better, be more attuned to people – be a better human being.
And that concludes 2015. I wish you all a safe and happy New Year.