It's the end of another year, and it's here a lot faster than I thought.
Yet, in other ways, it didn't feel that fast at all. While it does seem that every year that passes makes the next one feel that much shorter, due to my cumulative earthly experience marching ever onward, certain life events have a way of slowing things down. And while this also isn't an exhaustive list of such events, one of them is moving, and another is having a child. We just happened to do both of those things this year.
This is an interesting phenomena and, I think, super relevant to think about this time of year. Your mind has a way of speeding up time, or skipping parts of your conscious experience that it is familiar with. That's why you can't really remember the half-hour commute every day, but you do remember the 80 second Star Wars teaser trailer (that is, if such things excite you).
The way to slow down your conscious experience is to do new things. See new places, meet new people, engage in activities that are outside the norm. When you start to recount memories, they will feel farther away, like more time has passed than you thought because you were off doing other new things in the interim. We all have the same number of hours in the day, but are you making those hours count?
*steps off of soapbox*
So, what did I do this year? A lot. Not the smallest of which being the birth of our second son, Andrew. We traveled, we made new friends, we made plans and had those plans fall through, and we celebrated our first Christmas at home. It was a great year, and I am truly blessed.
My Year in Review
In the fashion of this blog, and to keep you all updated on my writing goals and progress, here is a breakdown of the year:
- 260,000 total words written
- This is fiction and blog posts only. I don't want to think of how many words of email I wrote.
- Three 50,000 word novels in rough draft
- Full disclosure, one was half-written coming into the year
- Submitted an 8,000 word short story to a contest
- Didn't place
- Outlined two more novels
- Wrote a bunch of short stories and flash fiction that were either posted on the blog or have yet to see the light of day
- I went back to try and figure out how many exactly I had written, and realized that I didn't really track which ones I wrote this year
As for resolutions, these are my top three as regards my writing endeavors:
- Learn to write anywhere
- Get a story published in a professional market (any length)
- Lear how to better structure my time
I'm looking forward to the new year, new challenges, and new adventures.