Putting 2016 to bed

Good evening! My first post on a new blog, and it’s the last one I’ll do this year. That’s okay, though, because 2017 is right around the corner.

In 2016 I managed to write 259,909 words. Probably a handful more, actually – there was a brief time when I was doing a poor job of tracking. I wrote short stories, tried to write novels, and published a bit under a pen name. While the latter half of my year wasn’t as productive, it set a good precedent for what I hope to achieve in the future.

Thanks also to my 2016 writing tracking spreadsheet, I noted quite a few important moments of my year, which are as follows:

Friday, January 1st – I decided to track my words, and notes on the day, for the entire year.

Tuesday, April 19th – Our pet cat of seventeen years passed away.

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Thursday, September 22nd – Spot, a found kitten we spent a week caring for at work, passed away.

Thursday, September 29th – I sprained my ankle badly wearing sandals in the rain.

Friday, October 14th – I brought home four kittens with the intention of keeping two and fostering two.

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Wednesday, November 30th – Our car, new to us in 2002, finally required more service than it made sense to give it and we made the decision to replace it.

There has, of course, been a bit more here and there, but when I think back on the year, these are the things I will remember. I think, with the exception of the losses which cannot be predicted or prevented, it was a good year. (Politics aside. I’m pretty sure we can all agree it was a shitstorm in that arena.)

Tomorrow I’ll hopefully take a few minutes to talk about the things I’m looking forward to in 2017. See you then!