Welcome to the end of 2019.
I wish I could say 2019 was a good year but, alas, it was not. It was a year of tough lessons, painful goodbyes, and time wasted on a heartbreak that never should have happened. This past decade has been much of the same, a dumpster fire of hurts both big and small that have slowly burned away much of my enthusiasm towards life.
I’m heading into 2020 feeling strangely fragmented and because of that, I’m taking this next year to mend old wounds and break old cycles. I’m trying to invest more into myself, to focus on my interests and my career, to care for my mind and body fully, and to find a path through this life that I’m comfortable walking alone.
It is a daunting, but necessary, next step. Thankfully, I have a lot to focus on to keep me moving through this upcoming year.
As of writing this, The Allseer Trilogy, the project that I have dedicated years and years of my life to, is done. There will be another post dedicated to it soon, but years of work have finally come together, and I can move on to creating new worlds while feeling proud of the one I leave behind.
I’ve started worldbuilding for my next project, Of Blood and Briar, and I’m excited to finally be putting the pieces together. It feels good to be creating again after being stuck in an editing rut for so long. The Allseer Trilogy was well worth revisiting and re-editing, but it was an exhausting journey and it’s refreshing to be working on something new.
I’ve got a short story in the works as well that I’m excited about, and I hope to have that to share in the near future.
Outside of what I’ve already mentioned, I’ve got quite a few goals going into 2020.
Read more books! I didn’t manage to read much this year and that’s something I’d really like to fix going into 2020. There are so many great books I’ve been missing out on so, I’m going to get back into the habit of reading for at least 30 minutes before I go to bed. Right now, I’m working my way through Sevens Blades In Black by Sam Sykes and it’s fantastic. After that, I’ll be diving into my first V.E Schwab book (I’m a bit late to the party) and reading A Darker Shade of Magic.
Continue learning Spanish (for utility) and Swedish (for fun) I’ve been hitting Duolingo (and various other resources) pretty hard this year, so I’m looking to continue learning both. It’s keeping my brain both happy and befuddled, so it must be good for it, right?
Draw more! I’m going to be investing in a new drawing tablet and getting back into digital art. In the meantime, I’m committing to doing more traditional art until I can make that happen. It’s always been a hobby of mine, but I’d like to invest more time into it this year and work on improving.
Marketing/Craft Fairs – Now that The Allseer Trilogy is re-edited and I’m finally proud of it, I’m looking forward to showing it off. Big goal for this year is to start going to craft fairs, have my first book signing, and connect more with readers, librarians, and bookstore owners.
This wouldn’t be much of a 2019-wrap-up-blog-post if I didn’t go over my favorites things from this year.
The following aren’t necessarily things that came out this year, but rather things I enjoyed this year.
I listened to a lot of incredible music this year but, in the end, this is the song that still has my heart and soul.
Broken by Lund
Wiped Out by The Neighbourhood
Double Dark by Wildhood
The Other Side of Paradise by Glass Animals
Cruel Melody by Black Light Burns
Like those songs? Here’s more!
Spotify Wrapped Stats
Artist of the Year/Decade: The Neighbourhood
55,824 minutes of music and podcasts listened to.
Top Genre: Modern Rock
I spent 14,510 minutes listening to podcasts this year, but my favorite was Reply All. It was hours of great stories, interesting discussions, and fantastic humor. It gave me all the feels so it’s getting the top spot for 2019.
Behind the Bastards gets an honorable mention. I love history and sarcasm, and this podcast gives me both. More often than not, it leaves me feeling pretty terrible about the world and my fellow humans, so I have to listen to it only when I really want to turn into a lump of cynicism and sadness. Which must be often, cause I listen to this podcast all the time.
My favorite book this year was The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow. It was a beautiful journey from start to finish and hit me right in the feels.
Also, can we all just take a moment to appreciate that gorgeous cover. <3
Favorite TV Show
The Witcher. Not going to lie, I was a skeptic. The Last Wish is one of my favorite books, and I think the games did such an amazing job bringing the world and characters to life that I just wasn’t sure a show could even get close to what had already been offered. However, it was far, far better than I thought it would be and aside from a few plot changes that I didn’t care for (was hoping we’d get more Geralt/Ciri interaction,) I thought it was well done, cheesy moments and all.
Also have to give all the love to the Geralt/Renfri fight. That whole fight scene made me swoon.
And that’s a wrap. I hope you all have a safe and wonderful New Year’s celebration.
I’ll return soon with a goodbye-to-my-trilogy post, as well as more information about my upcoming project, Of Blood and Briar.
Until next year, friends!