I was thinking about all the bad stuff that happened this year, all the people who were lost, all the chaos and turmoil that 2016 dumped on us. But as I perused through the photos on my phone to recall what my personal experiences were, I realized there were some good things, too. Like Hamilton. That is all.
Ah, just kidding, although I am still talking about it… I did some traveling this year -hiked the Smoky Mountains, pub crawled Ireland and beached on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. I’m already feeling restless, thinking about where to go next.
I made some wonderful new friends, both here and in person. I’d name names but I’d feel terrible if I left someone out… I think you know who you are anyway. Also, for some of my silent followers -those of you who stop by and like my posts- come and say hello. I’d love to hear from you.
In 2016, I dusted off another dormant skill – drawing. And in the six months I’ve been messing with it, I’ve made some decent progress. Fictional Kevin asked me to do this, actually. Voila:
So rather than look back and wallow, I am going to look forward and plan. For one thing, as I was finishing the year of drinking adventurously, I was trying to decide what to replace it with. I’ve decided that for as long as I’m working on Breaking Bread, I might as well talk about bread… and other bakery items. It will be called Le Boulangerie and will appear on Tuesdays, beginning tomorrow. I won’t necessarily bake every week -I may have some guest authors or write about bread in literature or in history.
I also want to return to writing Here Lies a Soldier and sharing some of the research I come across. Brace yourselves for more World War One.
Some of my most popular posts over the last year have been my poems. Perhaps because they’re short and take less time to read? *self deprecating laugh* Thusly, I will continue to compose verse on occasion. Although, I think I’ve drained the limerick pool after the A to Z challenge last year.
Other projects include editing The Mysterious Arboretum and putting together a collection of my short stories for publication.
I hope that 2017 will be a happy, healthy and productive year, not just for myself but for all of you as well. What a great group of friends I’ve made here on WordPress. In 2016, I had the privilege of meeting two of my fellow bloggers in the flesh: Kevin and Elizabeth. How cool would it be to meet a few more of you this year? So if any of you are coming to Philadelphia or the surrounding area and want to have a coffee (or a cheese steak – I really do know where to find the best one), let me know.
Finally, I’d like to say thank you. Thank you for being a constant source of support and feedback. There have been times when I’ve felt absolutely awful and you all have picked me up and made me feel like carrying on. I appreciate that so very much.
“A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become and still gently allows you to grow…” – William Shakespeare
Onward then into the new year…