Due to some fairly unexpected (but good!) upcoming life changes, I’m far shorter on time than I’d anticipating being. As a result, 2016’s December posts will look a little, well, different from usual. I’ve already shared some of my highlight reads of the year. (If you missed it, you can read the 10 books I wanted to highlight this year here.) I’ve just about had time for a rather impromptu look at the way Yuri!!! On Ice has helped me with some anxiety-related issues and that’s been pretty much it.
So… This post is going to quickly cover 2016 for me and I apologise if it’s a little shorter than it could have been and if I forget things. I still need to write up the final Year of International Reading post and I still need to write the indie publications post that I’ve done the past couple of years and. Just. My head is spinning, even though I have a to do list, a plan, and the holiday season off from work. *flail*
Anyway! 2016. I feel like my general response to 2016 is “Let us not speak of it”, so thankfully that does help me out in this case. 2016 was, on an international level, absolutely horrendous and heart-breaking for just about everyone I know and a jillion people I don’t know. I sincerely hope that 2017 will be the polar opposite for all of us.
On a personal level, I’m still upset that I didn’t manage to finish DemiPrincess this year. I COULD HAVE DONE IT DAMN IT BRAIN. But I do have a much better and clearer idea of what I want to do with it and how I want to handle it and even if it’s not nearly as close to done as I’d like it to be, at least it’s still made a good chunk of progress.
I spent much of the year focusing on getting paperback versions of my longer works out rather than writing, actually. It took longer than I anticipated (maybe, at this point, I should just accept that I fail at estimating duration of anything creative), but they are all done. All of them! Every single novella-or-longer work that I’ve published to date is now available in print as well as ebook! WHOOHOO!
I’m super, super proud of myself for getting them done! And, though I admittedly didn’t finish DemiPrincess, I did finish up another short verse novel/poetry collection that’s a kind of retelling of Rapunzel that’s scheduled for release in January. GO ME.
Beyond that… I actually only remember all the world-shaking negativity. I lost sight of the non-fiction ideas I’d had for my Year of International reading and I think I may have failed from halfway through the year onward. Technically, I didn’t, but since the goal wasn’t so much “read more foreign authors” as it was “read less American authors”… Yeah.
However, I did learn that if you want to read books by non-Americans, you have to be highly alert to what you’re reading and buying because it’s incredibly easy to slip back into the US-dominant reading experience. This is not exactly new, of course. In fact, it’s somethig I expected, but still. Kinda bummed. Will still try to pay more attention because I just want to see some non-US reads on my pile.
On the plus side, it’s a great way to expand my reading genres to ones I’m normally to buried to read.
And… Yeah. That’s been my year. So let’s just end it with reiterating my proudest achievement:
I got all the works I wanted to publish in paperback as well as ebook published in both editions! WHOOT!