It’s been quite the year. I live in America, which should tell you about everything you need to understand what I mean, but there’s been a lot of other stuff that went frontways, sideways, and just plain downhill this year.
But I don’t want to talk about that. I want to take a look back at what went right this year, at the things that I accomplished or enjoyed over the last twelve months. So that’s what we’re going to do.
The Writing Projects
In summary, this year I wrote a couple small pieces, most of a novel, and finished another that had been dawdling along. I also started looking for an agent for my first YA fantasy novel — more details on that coming soon, hopefully. I don’t want to go into details on unfinished/unpublished projects, but it was a reasonably productive year.
2016 was a very good year for my gaming roster. Among the best of the new releases I picked up were Pokemon Sun, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Hyper Light Drifter, Overwatch, and Fire Emblem: Fates. Dishonored 2 is still on the shopping list, but I hear only good things at this point. All of the five I listed were fantastic and highly recommended.
Oh, goodness… Zootopia. Civil War. Arrival. Doctor Strange. Star Trek Beyond. Zootopia. This was a good year for the theaters, in my opinion. And I’ve still yet to see Rogue One or Fantastic Beasts at the time of this writing. I’m looking forward to writing a Top Five for this in a week or so.
Surprising thin here. Brandon Sanderson gave us Calamity and Bands of Mourning in the first couple months, but aside from finding the Heartstriker series on Kindle I haven’t added any new authors to the roster this year. Butcher didn’t finish Peace Talks, and Rothfuss hasn’t finished Doors of Stone, bit hey, we can hope for 2017, right?
I did finally get around to listening to McCaffrey’s Dragonflight this year, which I really should have done earlier given my predilection for dragon rider novels. Pretty good stuff, even if I find both the protagonists unlikeable. But more on that if I get a review written. I also picked up all of Frank Herbert’s Dune books, and read through the first five. As always, one is never quite sure what one is getting into with him.
On the soundtrack front, we’ve got Zootopia and Fire Emblem: Fates as the frontrunners. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided also had some excellent beats, and I’m looking forward to picking up Pokemon Sum & Moon’s soundtrack. But I’ve also picked up The Blue Notebooks courtesy of Arrival, and added a little rock to the library. Given that music is a primary part of my support system for the work week, I’ll take all the good stuff I can get.
Since I don’t have enough expensive hobbies yet, I picked up a few fountain pens over the course of this year. I’ll go into my experience and logic on this in more depth later, but suffice to say that it’s been a lot of fun learning about and working with my new toys.
I have a home, a PC, a car, a job, a family, and a God who’s looking out for me. I’m not starving, I’m not destitute, and I’m not dying.
Sometimes we can forget the little stuff, or let the bad overshadow the good. But it’s Christmas, and if we can’t think about what we’re grateful for now, what kind of life are we living? It’s good to take a step back from time to time, to keep things in perspective.
I don’t expect 2017 will be easy. I expect it to be insane. But honestly, there’s only so insane, so terrible it can be. I’ll get through. We’ll get through. As adding as we don’t forget that it’s possible for us to do so.
Merry Christmas, Internet. Make it a good one.