I think the world has agreed that 2016 was a bad year. I will not argue with the world; horrible stuff has happened this year, and whether it’s been objectively worse on a global scale or not, I know a lot of people have found it really hard and I’ve spent a fair bit of time thinking about friends who are scared or hurting, especially over the past few months.
But on a personal level, 2016 was, on balance, a good year. It wasn’t always an easy year; it was often fraught and uncertain, with a fair bit of financial instability. But at the same time, I got stuff done. I made decisions – and some of them were even the right ones! I made new friends. My health improved – partly a result of my actions, partly chance (and once the result of successful application of Murphy’s Law). As I spent much of 2015 reeling from the hellish year that was 2014, this year even with all its many problems has been something of a relief.
Here are some of the things I did:
- Sold two flash pieces: “MAKET, or, Alternative Endings for Ivan Ivanovich” to Unsung Stories and “Syren Song” which will be published next year at Kaleidotrope.
- Finally finished the first draft of Ice Flight, the novella that had been kicking my ass for a long time.
- Completed NaNoWriMo for the first time in a very long time, finishing the first draft of the (still untitled) sequel to Liquid City and Ice Flight.
- Started – and will have hopefully completed – the first draft of a near future science fiction novella (I’m almost done, racing to finish it before the end of the year).
- Left a job that was doing me no good at all – studied for a bit, temped for a bit, hung around job hunting for a bit.
- I read some great books and short stories (though not as many as I’d have liked) and wasn’t killed by my to-read pile in an earthquake.
- Produced three issues of Capricious (a fourth is well underway and will be released in January) and made my first foray into the world of crowdfunding.
- Spoke on two panels at Au Contraire 2016 on disability and sexuality & gender diversity in SFF.
- Won second place in the Au Contraire 2016 short story competition.
- Attended the launch of At The Edge which includes my short story “And Still the Forests Grow though we are Gone”.
- Started going to regular write-ins.
- Gave this website an overhaul (still a little to do, but it’s most of the way there).
- Attended WORD Christchurch and the National Writers’ Forum, where I hung out with great people, listened to things, learned things, bought books…
I’ll be back to share some plans for 2017 in a few days. In the meantime, I have a novella to frantically finish…