2018: The year in review

Like any year, 2018 had its ups and downs, perhaps with a few more downs than ups.

I set too many goals at the beginning of the year, and lost track of most of them in June. Most of those goals were vague and unrealistic. Something to work on this year.

Still, I made some good progress, particularly on my novel and in terms of picking up more teaching work.

Jaina on the trail at Mt. Davis.

Jaina on the trail at Mt. Davis.

2018 Highlights

The good: D.J. and I started running and completed our first 5k race in October. We also took several mini trips to go hiking around PA, including a weekend in Presque Isle and a day trip to Mt. Davis.

The bad: In June, we had to say goodbye to our 14-year-old corgi, Lexi. That sucked, and continues to suck. Also, we’re broke AF because while I have about 17 jobs, most of them are adjunct teaching, and we know how well THAT pays.

The ugly: After the 5k, I managed to injure my ankle, and then make it consistently worse until I twisted it and possibly fractured it at the end of December. I now have to walk with crutches. Oh joy.

Nanowrimo 2018 winner banner

2018: My Writing and Reading Year in Review

Despite 2018 being a political shitshow that had me glued to Twitter 5 out of 7 nights instead of sleeping, I managed to make some major progress on my novel. Unfortunately, I had set myself a goal of finishing this revision, which I didn’t meet. But, I did “win” NaNoWriMo, so that’s something. I also wrote a number of book reviews for different outlets, which I hope to continue in 2019.

Writing stats:

  • Words written (approximate): 75,000
  • Stories published: 2 flash fiction stories
  • Articles and book reviews published: 4 (1 article and 3 book reviews)
  • Total submissions: 70

Reading stats:

Overall, 2018 probably wasn’t the worst year of my life, but it definitely wasn’t the best, either. It was just okay, and now it’s over. On to 2019!

How was your 2018? What did you accomplish? What did you hope to accomplish, but just didn’t?


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