This has been a hard year for a lot of people for a lot of reasons. I wish I could say that I’m an exception, but that would not be strictly honest. Still, I’m trying to focus on the positives.
Left-Hand Gods came out in July, about a week after it was scheduled to. I don’t want to get into all of the issues and things that went on, but let’s just say that in this case, the reality of having a novel published doesn’t really live up to all of the hopes that I’d pinned on it for most of my life.
It’s been discouraging.
That’s not to say that there haven’t been good things–I do love the cover, and it’s received positive reviews and support from lots of people. I’m proud of the book that I wrote. I just wish… well, what I wish doesn’t really matter, now.
I had eight short stories published and ten accepted this year. I sent out 151 submissions. I did not write as much as I should have.
I edited Triangulation: Beneath the Surface. It was my last year working on Triangulation, and overall I’m happy with how it turned out. I should have done more to promote it, but it was coming out at the same time as my novel, and I got Lyme disease this summer on top of all of that, so I ended up dropping a few balls.
I went to WorldCon, which really underscored just how not great I am at networking and everything that goes along with it. It’s something that I know that I need to be better at. But I hate it. I hate it so much. I know I need to get over that and get better at it, but it’s a struggle.
I did get Lasik done this year, and that has been pretty great. It’s weird just how quickly I got used to not having to wear glasses after wearing them for so long.
Things at my day job are rolling along. I finally got a promotion this year, which has been pretty great. I got my massage license renewed without any issues. I’m still enjoying owning a house.
2016 hasn’t been great, and I’m not sad to see it go. But overall, life isn’t bad, and the only thing to do is keep moving forward.