I did this challenge a year or so ago. I never finished it, and I may not finish this one - or else take weeks to do it - but I figured I'd give it a shot.
2018 felt like a marathon and I’m still amazed I crossed the finish line. Yet despite sometimes – or maybe because I very much needed to absolutely focus on something other than a near-overwhelming seemingly endless “to do” list - I wrote and posted more words in 2018 then I have in any previous year ever – a total of 124,079 words of new fic, plus posting a fanzine story from 1984 with a word count of 24,079. Two long stories, three shorts, one drabble. This was also the year I broke my vow to never post a WIP, and it was both exhilarating and scary at the same time. And it’s still a WIP. New Year’s resolution: finish this story.
Writing is so immersive, and being in that space brings me much joy. I love the feeling of living inside a story, so much so that it’s a bit of a letdown when it’s finished and posted. But I usually have several more ideas demanding attention. I’ve gotten better at finding the time to work on them.
One huge change for the better – I was able to go back to full time work again, with employer-provided health insurance. I am so grateful for Covered California (California’s version of ObamaCare) for being there for me for the previous four years. Not having to worry about the constant threat of having my healthcare dependent on the whims of a political party I have never once voted for was a huge relief.
Another joy – reading. I’ve done a lot of that, as well, and immersing myself in a good book is one of my true joys in life. Some nonfiction, mostly history, focusing on the Revolutionary War through the 1850s. Time magazine: I appreciate the way they can present complex issues in context. For fiction, I rediscovered my love of Stephen King, particularly “Doctor Sleep.” He seems to write books faster than I can read them. Others – Neil Gaiman, Sharyn McCrumb, Margaret Atwood, plus a Ursula K. LeGuin novella I never read before (“Planet of Exile”). Plus a lot of comic book compilations as the public library has a lot of them. I’m currently reading book one of a five-part “Constantine” series, and the library has all the volumes.
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