What a year

Even without going into politics (and we are not going into politics here!) 2016 has been an interesting year. While there has been bad (police shootings (both ways), acts of terror, and other man caused stupidity, dishonesty and cowardice) there has also been good. People have done courageous things, stood for right and helped other people. In the coming year let’s bring the good with us (and if we have to remember the bad remember it as a warning, don’t let wrong and revenge become a vocation).

In my own little corner of the universe 2016 has seen the launch of my first real book as a professional writer, and the transformation of my first NANOWRIMO win into what will hopefully be my first book release of 2017. This year has also seen the death of my mother, the rise of my wife’s doctoral dissertation, and yet another NANOWRIMO win. Again I seek to take the good with me, and if I have to remember the bad I choose to remember it as past and not something to live my life around.

We soon (within two weeks) will have a new year. It’s hard to say what’s going to happen and I know it will have its scary moments. Scary moments are part of life, but the key is to embrace the opportunities and move forward, to learn and do better than we have done before.

I am hoping to see many new and good things in the year to come, some of which will be discussed here. Some new things will actually happen here as I and my story continue to grow.

December holds the shortest day of the year, the winter solstice. The solstice is literally the year’s darkest day, and that’s ok. After the solstice things begin to get lighter again, the temperatures start to get warmer, and things start to grow again. So it should be with our lives.

And so dear reader I say to you Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

There are those who may choose to be offended by these wishes for good, to them I say just insert your own chosen holiday and accept that I’m including that one too (even Kwanza…). The point is that I am wishing you joy and happiness and it’s your choice to take it (or not…).

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year dear reader, and I hope to see you again in 2017.