2016 out, 2017 in


Though I just launched this blog, I thought it would be pertinent to write a year-end review and what I am looking forward to for 2017. 2016 was a great year (all the celebrity deaths who inspired me was rough) in all.

Professionally, I still work for the same company (have been with for over 6 years now) but it is getting easier and better working from home than 2015 was. My office space is bigger and our apartment is also bigger so that definitely helps, plus I have a nice big window to gaze out of (though my wife says I have turned into the neighborhood police because I get angry when people don’t pick up their dog’s business, come on people how hard is it???).

As for my aspiring writing career (which is just starting to grow rapidly) 2016 was an amazing year. Though I am still working toward getting published, I can say, without a doubt, 2016 was the most active I have been while writing. I completed my fantasy series, The Dies Irae Cycle, this year. In total, it is a four book series and I wrote both the third and fourth book this year alone! I really shaped my writing ability this year so writing two full books wasn’t all that difficult or daunting as it once was. I know now what it takes to finish a book in a quick time as well as how to properly edit that first draft into something stronger. It took me awhile, but I think my writing has matured to the point where I know I have a decent gift of storytelling.

I also launched this blog and joined Twitter to help grow my author platform. Normally I wouldn’t have done either of these on my own, but it is awesome to see the community online with such great and inspiring people trying to do the same as me. I want to keep interacting with some cool people I have met and journey with them along the same path. It is going to be exciting!

For my writing goal in 2017, I obviously want to get my series published, or on the road to publication. It is going to be an arduous task, but one that I am going to go full-steam into.  It takes time in this industry and I will give it everything I have. Nothing is going to get me down and I will keep going until my series is out the for the masses to read. I am going to a few writing conferences this year as well as working with a developmental editor from a bootcamp I did with the Writers’ Digest. I also started a new fantasy book and so far I have five chapters done and I should be able to finish it by the summer at the very latest, probably mid-spring. I am completely entranced by this new story and I think I have a great book on my hands to get out there when it is done. It is going to be a busy year, but I am ready.

Obviously, I cannot forget to say that personally, 2016 was a good year. My wife and I moved to Austin, Texas. This place is amazing and there are so many interesting things to do down here, and also a great writing community to join. We also adopted a second dog (though this one is a bit harder to deal with than the first). And finally, my Chicago Cubs finally won a World Series for the first time in 108 years. It is hard to put into words what the feeling was when they finally did it, but I will always remember that 2016 was the year they won!

2016 was a good year for me and I look forward to the challenges, the pitfalls, the glories, the feelings that 2017 will bring. I hope you all had a wonderful year and many fortunes for the year to come!

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