The year 2016 has been a roller-coaster-ride of a year. Between wars, crazy politics, and the huge number of celebrity deaths (on that note, I’m not a religious person, but isn’t there something in the bible about good people being sent to heaven right before the apocalypse, leaving only the sinners left on earth to suffer? Anyway…) a lot of us are ready to kiss 2016 goodbye.
But it wasn’t all bad! This year, I’m proud to say I became a published author, one of my life-long dreams. So below is my Year in Review for 2016, highlighting the milestones (some writing-related, some not) that have defined my personal journey this year.
- January 9th – finished major edits of Grigory’s Gadget based on the feedback from my editors at Writership
- January 17th – finished proofreading and formatting Grigory’s Gadget, with a final word count of approximately 73,00 words, and a total page count of 358 pages
- January 21st – cover art for Grigory’s Gadget was finalized with Deranged Doctor Design
- January 27th – received proof copy from CreateSpace
- February 1st-29th – participated in Steampunk Hands Around the World 2016
- February 4th – received proof copy from IngramSpark
- February 25th – saw Bruce Springsteen in concert
- March 12th – Grigory’s Gadget was published in eBook and paperback form!
- April 8th – participated in the Brains2Book Cyber Convention virtual Steampunk panel
- April 9th – sold my 100th copy of Grigory’s Gadget!
- April 10th – vended at the Buffalo Small Press Book Fair
- June 5th – walked in Buffalo’s Pride Parade with Relativity BellyDance
- June 18th – vended at the Saratoga FanCon
- June 26th – became a Certified Bohemian Sword Apprentice
- July 1st – saw Chris Cornell in concert
- July 9th – vended at the 5th Annual Buffalo BookFest
- July 10th – sold my 200th copy of Grigory’s Gadget!
- July 23rd – attended the 2016 Alternative Buffalo Kerfuffle
- August 5th-7th – attended Dance Days of Buffalo
- August 27th – held a book signing during the Enchanted City III: A Brave New World steampunk festival
- September 8th – participated in an underwater photo shoot
- September 22nd – attended a Distinguished Speaker Series presentation by Mark and Scott Kelly
- October 8th – attended and presented at the inaugural Indie Author Day
- November 1st-30th – participated in National Novel Writing Month
- December 2nd – sent in my starting chapter submission for the Collaborative Writing Challenge steampunk project
- December 10th/11th – vended at the Christmas at Knox Arts and Crafts Show
I really encourage you all to sit down and make a similar list. What were the moments in 2016 you were proud of? No matter how big or small, try to remember every moment that made you happy. Did you reconnect with an old friend? Get acknowledged for your hard work? Meet a fitness goal? Find a new favorite movie?
Make the list, and if you still feel rotten about 2016, do what my friends and I are doing on New Year’s Eve: build a bonfire and burn 2016 calendars. I think it will be pretty cathartic.