This year's new year greeting is in Italian because that is the language I have been studying for the past year or more.
It's hard not to feel like January 1st is a clean slate. So far this year, I have had a miserable cold that kept me inert for three days and my husband Greg and I cleaned out boxes and bags full of junk from one of the spare rooms, most of which were donated to places in need, and some of which went out to the shed once Greg was able to de-ice the lock.
In the latter part of 2017, I made some goals to be completed in 2018 that have turned out to be harder to undertake than anticipated. There were some stumbling blocks that proved themselves to be real thorns in my side! Switching jobs was a bonus (from bookshop to library), but unexpectedly mentally taxing as I learned the requirements for the new position, and it was not a clean break from one to the other. I also spent roughly three months sick. (The changing of Michigan's seasons are brutal under climate change.)
So what is in store for this year?
For starters, I have declared that I will edit and produce a book of steampunk fairytales to be released June 1st. The contributions from various authors are in and awaiting my acceptance and editing. Much of this work was put on hold due to illness, but I am determined to meet the deadline.
Second, I had wanted to produce a book of my own poetry and have it out by the end of 2017. This was not done, mostly due to illness. I have decided to put this on hold for now and concentrate on the steampunk book.
I have also promised to help other writers out, which I have made more of a priority for now because it was easier to do while sick. I will get back to everyone, soon!
Motor City Steam Con is coming up this July, and Greg and I will again be in attendance doing panels and selling (and signing!) books. This is why I set June 1st as the launch of the steampunk fairytale anthology - I intend to have copies available at MCSC. If I really throw myself into it, perhaps the poetry book, as well.
As always, look for my columns in the Crazy Wisdom Community Journal, the newest of which just came out, and check back here for the latest goings-ons.
Happy new year!