2017 is soon drawing to a close and we’ll be welcoming 2018 with open arms. So now comes my annual post where I discuss my year and set goals for the New Year.
First up, let’s discuss 2017.
It was a so-so year filled with some good and bad times.
One of the saddest moments came in October when my beloved Dee Dee passed away. Her death was unexpected and she was perfectly fine, but she passed away peacefully in her sleep. Dee Dee’s death hit me hard and there are times where I still miss her. But I have 13 years worth of memories with her and they’re a huge comfort whenever I think of her.
Despite the sad moments, there were also some good ones as well.
Professionally, 2017 was good to me. The year started off with a bang when my short story Exiled was featured in the new All Authors anthology, Concordant Vibrancy 3: Lustrate.
Speaking of All Authors, I did continue to work as an executive assistant for the publishing house. I also did add another title for my resume when I became a columnist for their magazine.
Unfortunately in May 2017, the publication house closed down. Even though my time with them was short, I’ll always be grateful for Y. Correa, Queen of Spades, and the rest of the All Authors family for all their help.
Moving on. 2017 continued to be good when it came to writing. I had a short story Second Chance at Nineteen featured in the Rock and Roll Saved My Soul anthology Everyday Miracles. Every proceed from the sale of the anthology goes to the Cherubs foundation.
My biggest moment came when I finally published Westmore: Second Chances, the seventh volume in the series. Anyone whose followed me, knows it took a long time to get this baby published.
Whether I was creating a new story or dishing out the gossip in the sports and entertainment world, I was busy in 2017.
Now that I finished reviewing 2017, let’s move on to my plans for 2018.
One of the things I want to work on this year is staying calm. I’m the type of person, who easily gets nervous and stressed. I constantly worry about situations that I can’t control. So this year, I want to take a new approach to curbing my nervousness. Maybe meditation and yoga will help.
Another goal of mine in 2018 is to finish what I started. I have a bad habit of starting projects, but never finishing them. I have stories stored on my hard drive that are just crying for me to finish them. I think I have about four stories total, so if I can finish just one of them this year, I’ll be happy.
As for my other writing projects, I’ve already finished volume 8 of Westmore and I’m in the midst of editing it. I hope to have it published around summertime, so wish my luck. Also, if I have time I may get started on volume 9 in the series.
I’ve got a lot planned in 2018 in terms of writing, so I hope I can stay on track and accomplish all my goals this year.
With that, I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year and hopefully 2018 will bring you lots of happiness.