Each day on Facebook I get a reminder and a link to a set of posts that I made or participated in on the anniversary of the date. Today’s reminders contained a link that started this reflective mood. One year ago today is when I first posted about having turned in my notice at a job I had held for seventeen years. I wrote about it on this blog in the post titled “Rebooting My Life“.
Reading back on that post made me reflect on all the things that led up to that decision. More than that, it made me look back on the year that has passed since then. Needless to say, not everything in the last year has worked out the way I expected it to. Some of it has worked out better, some worse. Of course, I suppose that’s pretty much the way life is. No complaints. I’ve got a good home, good life, and a wonderful wife to share it with.
Sure, there are things that I wanted to accomplish in 2015 that didn’t pan out the way I planned. There’s the book that I spent the first several months of the year writing. Chucklers now languishes unpublished in the virtual drawer awaiting a fresh perspective and rewrites. My second writing project of the year is Year 12, the sequel to Half Past Midnight. If things had gone according to plan, it would already be published. But it’s also still unfinished. In fact, the only thing that I’ve managed to publish this year is a horror novella that I wrote in 2014. It sold well for Halloween, but now is barely moving.
Then there’s my gardening. I had high hopes that I was going to be able to help cut costs on our groceries by bringing in all sorts of fruits and veggies. Instead, between the bad growing season we had this year, and the money I spent on getting good soil into the garden, I think I probably managed to cost us a couple of hundred dollars more than what we would have spent just buying the groceries.
But here’s the thing… I learned what to do next year. I learned where I messed up by planting too early, and so stunting some of my veggies. I learned that the huge garden I have is simply too big for me to handle. So I’ll be scaling it back for next year, and I’ll hold off on planting for next year until late April or early May.
And for my writing, I should be set up pretty well for the next year. My plan for Chucklers is to clear up the confusing timeline issues by splitting it into two different books. And the first draft of Y12 should (hopefully) be finished by the end of this year, setting it up for publication next year as well. If all that goes according to plan, I could have three new books published by this time next year.
But not if I don’t get my phatass back to work. So enough reflection for now. Be careful everyone, and stay safe.