2017 was a rough year; physically, mentally, emotionally.

A lot of things that I wanted to get done this past year didn’t work out. I could go on about what I think my failings were, but I won’t. Not that I don’t think there’s value in acknowledging my mistakes, quite the opposite, but dwelling on them doesn’t do me too much good either. I’d rather close out the year and move into the new one on a more positive note.

Still, I do want to address the goals I set for myself at the beginning of the year, bringing in a couple of other things that came up as the year went on.

  • Read more books.

I did hit my Goodreads target of 52 books for the year. I will admit that it was maybe half and half; between physical/ebooks and audiobooks. But, as I think I’ve said somewhere before, since I always try to get the unabridged audio, I think it still counts.

  • Keep writing reviews.

I did say I didn’t think I’d review every single book I read (and I didn’t) but I was hoping to get 2 reviews per month. For the first part of the year, I was successful in that. Then, unfortunately, things fell off and I didn’t write a single review between the end of August and last week.

  • Do more Twitter or Facebook challenges & competitions.

Well, doing daily hashtag questions became a regular part of my online presence, including doing a full year’s worth of #authorconfession. To be honest, I’ve mostly left it to that, except for considering a short story competition which I ultimately didn’t enter.

  • Look at ways of improving & making my blog more entertaining.

As said above, hashtag games have become a frequent addition to my blog, with me posting my collected answers at the end of each month. I also did some interviews, not as many as I would have liked, but they did become some of my most popular posts. I also started a new set of posts, talking about the books that have been important to me. Finally, a little way into the year, I started doing posts for Raimey Gallant‘s  #AuthorToolBoxBlogHop. To be honest about the those, I’m not too sure how successful those posts are, given that I’m probably the least experienced person involved with the group but they do seem to be generally well received.

  • Write first drafts of three short stories.

When I made my initial post in January I intended the stories to be among the ones I already had planned to add to the House Valerius backstories. As it turned out, only one of them was set in that world. The other two were more contemporary crime stories, featuring characters that I may or may not use again somewhere else down the line. Unfortunately, looking at those, while I did get three short pieces, they weren’t really what I had in mind and they were all in the first half of the year. I haven’t posted any new writing, save for two line snippets written in response to Twitter hashtags, since June.

  • Write a first draft on House In Exile.

As detailed elsewhere, I spectacularly failed to get this one done. Even the self-imposed regimen of NaNoWriMo didn’t help me here. It’s enough that I’m now considering going back to the drawing board on this one. While I did take my time on the first two books, I did at least have a stronger idea of what I was doing with them. Working out how best to move forward is probably going to be one of the first things I’ll want to get done in the new year.

And speaking of plans for the new year, I should have a post about that up in the next day or two.

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