2017 In Retrospect

Welp… 2017 happened…

Starting in 2013, every year around New Years, I post a sort of rundown of what’s happened in my life over the last year. Now 2017 has come to a close and I guess it’s that time.

I’m not going into politics because this isn’t the place, but let’s just say that I am not pleased on that front. Let’s try to take better care of each other this next year.

Since my blog’s creation, I posted at least one thing a week until this September, when I decided to stop. I got busy and it appeared I was the only person that really cared that I did it on a schedule.
Last semester was very full. It’s over now. I plan to post a bit more this spring, but it surely won’t rise back up to a rate of once a week. Keep an eye out: new stuff’s coming!

If you’ve looked through the archives at all recently, you may have noticed that I’ve taken down a lot of the fiction. This is because one of the major projects I’ve been working on over the last few months is a short story collection. I’ve been taking a lot of them down, reediting, then fitting them into the collection. The intent is to self publish it in the not-too-distant future. So that’s on its way!

The other writing-related thing I’ve done this year is finish the first draft of a space-western (Lyssa Jordon: Robot Hunter). That feels nice, but it is still very… well… first drafty.

This is my second year teaching community college and I still love it. I’ve had the opportunity to work with many students that I can see going on to do fantastic things… and others that refused to do their homework. In other news, my special lady friend and I have decided that at the end of this school year we will be relocating to… somewhere… If you follow me on social media, grab the popcorn and tune back in for posts about how frustrating looking for a job is.
It’s going to be a hoot.

The eclipse was frigg’n cool. It has its own post, though, so I won’t talk more about it now… I guess (Read about it here: https://imasillypirate.wordpress.com/2017/08/25/eclipse-august-21st-2017/).

I got my first DSLR this summer (a Nikon D3400) and I’ve had a lot of fun with it, as well as used it as an excuse to go out and stare at pretty things on occasion. Even if most of the pictures didn’t turn out great, forcing myself to go outside has probably been worth it. I’ll put a few of my pictures below so that the post looks less boring.

My friends and family, per usual, have been a highlight of the year.

My special lady friend and I are now coming up on 6 years of awesomeness together. She makes me as happy as a clam that has a particularly good reason to be happy… because what the fuck do clams have to be happy about anyway?

My mother and her business partner have hit some rough times with their shop for reasons beyond their control, which is hard to watch. They, however, are a smart, dedicated, resourceful pair that have the support of an entire, close-knit community behind them. I have full faith that they will figure something out if they want to.

My sister is still being an impressive brainiac (so to speak). Publishing papers left and right and, well, just being an all around bad-ass.

My brother changed companies this year and he seems way happier in his new role as… *insert something impressive sounding that, to me, translates to “computer wizard”* (I still don’t really understand exactly what he does there, but the lower limit I’m able to set of the impressive scale is pretty high. The fact that he’s happy and kicks ass at Eve is what’s important).

My dad still seems to enjoy his work, which is great. I’ve really enjoyed getting to hear my parents play together (mom on the bass, dad on the guitar or mandolin). I may be biased, but I think they sound amazing and are so cute it hurts.

I’ve made some new friends, both those that live in the internet and those that don’t. I’ve started attending a critique group full of great writers, and I’ve started attending meetings for San Diego Sabers (which is a rad bunch of nerds that train in lightsaber combat). Both of these activities have been a lot of fun and very educational.

I’ve grown closer with some previously existing friends (which I am grateful for), I’ve lost touch with some (which is too bad), and there are others still which have left us completely (which hurts, but is a fact of life). You all mean so much to me that every year when I try to express it words dun not work for to ‘splaining my feels at you.

Thank you for putting up with me. Thank you for joining me. Thank you for sharing with me. Thank you for your support. Thank you for your dog pictures.

Well, congratulations on surviving 2017. May this next year surprise us all with how wonderful it turns out to be.

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