Happy New Year and 2016 Didn’t Suck

Diana Beebe, Mermaids Don't Do Windows, MDDW, Diana Beebe's Blog, science fiction, fantasy, Young adultHappy New Year!

The year 2016 didn’t suck that much. As years go, 2016 was not my personal worst. The year 2015 was my all-time low with 2004 running a close second.

It’s all about perspective.

The 2016 highlights of things that were pretty amazing in my personal life and in my professional life (excluding my kids’ accomplishments, because they’re shy), in no particular order:

  • After a 19-year career, I retired from my corporate day job as a technical writer. January 1, 2016, was the first day of working for myself.
  • We rescued a husky who needed lots of love to acclimate back into the real world after too much time in animal shelters. After a rocky start with her, I’m glad we have her in our “pack.”
  • My master’s thesis was published online. I always wished I’d been able to share a copy with Andre Norton. It kind of feels that I’ve been able to now. I wrote about it in this post.
  • I connected with other writers and literary people. I’ve seen several writing partners and friends get book deals and others have publishing success, too! They inspire me!
  • My work won First Place in a contest.
  • Love found me again. A long-time friendship became something more. This is perhaps the most surprising and unexpected thing to happen.
  • My first trip to Canada happened during my first visit ever with my brother and his husband.
  • RWA Nationals in San Diego was an adventure with incredible writing friends, old and new.
  • A visit with friends from college for the first time in years renewed old friendships.
  • I learned to love reading again for the pure joy of reading.
  • I taught myself how to roll my Rs so I can learn Hungarian. I didn’t take Spanish in high school because I couldn’t make that trill with my tongue. A few months ago, I studied some speech therapy techniques, and now I can make the sound! Mostly. LOL. I’ve learned a few other sounds that don’t exist in the English or French languages, too.

I’m grateful for many things! So what’s up for 2017? It’s going to be a busy year. What else is new? Here are a few of my goals:

  • Complete revisions on GLOW (Book 1 about genetically-engineered teens).
  • Complete the first draft of CHIME (Book 2).
  • Plan SPARK (for lack of a better working title for Book 3).
  • Complete the first draft of HEARTFALL (a fantasy).
  • Learn Hungarian as a third language. Lucky for me, I know a native speaker. πŸ˜‰
  • Read at least 24 books. Two books per month doesn’t seem that unreasonable.
  • Write some summary articles for the Andre Norton website.
  • Use planners and calendars more efficiently. (Read “Use planners and calendars.”)

What good things did you experience in 2016? What are you looking forward to in 2017?

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6 comments on… “Happy New Year and 2016 Didn’t Suck”


  1. Leanne DeVey


    Hello Diana,
    Sounds like 2016 was pretty much an awesome year for you! Thanks for sharing all the good stuff. Your perspective is wonderful! Happy New Year and may 2017 bring even more blessings to you and yours.
    Leanne


    • Diana Beebe


      Hi, Leanne! Thank you for the sweet comments. Happy New Year and many blessings to you and your family!


    • Diana Beebe


      Thank you! I often think I’ve planned too much. LOL. Then I remember that the stories are relentless and demand to be written. So, here I go. πŸ˜‰ I hope all your books and projects are going well! I love your books!

  2. Happy New Year, Diana! Your 2016 looks pretty amazing. You came to Canada and I didn’t feel the Diana vibe crossing the border? πŸ˜‰ Best of luck with your goals in 2017.

    I’m still trying to process three deaths in October. I know that will take time. Christmas was quiet but wonderful at the same time. I’ll be finishing 52Stories52Weeks in 2017. I won’t be learning Hungarian! πŸ˜€ I haven’t decided on the rest yet. How about I let you know? Cheers!


    • Diana Beebe


      LOL “the Diana vibe crossing the border” Too funny. Vancouver Island was absolutely gorgeous! Of course, we managed to pick the very day that the young royals William and Kate arrived with their little ones. It made getting around the city interesting.

      I know the last few months has been hard for you, and you are often in my thoughts. PM me if you want to chat and/or vent ever.

      Good luck with your goals as well! I look forward to your 52 stories. I think learning Hungarian is easier. πŸ˜‰ Keep me posted on the rest.

      :-*

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