Year in Review

There is no way possible to sum up 2018 in a five-hundred-word blog post but by golly if I’m not going to try.

2018 was my senior year of college. I feel as though I learned more in that year than the other years of college combined. 2018 was a rocky start, with intense marital issues that ended us up in therapy for a while. It was a hard, horrible time, but what I learned is that if you avoid conflict in the spirit of being nice, you can grow a problem much larger than its original size and then you have to deal with the consequences of your non-actions. Fortunately we ended up with a therapist who was tailor made for us and things ended up being all right in the end.

Of course, this was also taking place while I was in school, which made college even more of a challenge than before. It eased up slightly, only to enter the Time of the Orthodontist. Toby’s teeth have had an issue since he was young. His right front tooth got caught on a root and didn’t descend like it was supposed to. I wanted to get things taken care of in June, but as it turns out, every orthodontist and orthodontic surgeon was booked out for months. There have been considerable trials and tribulations since installing his braces in October. A lost wire, a broken retainer, everything has been so much work for something as basic as a set of braces. I won’t miss them when they’re gone, and I’m not even the one who has to wear them.

My writing took a serious dive in 2018. I have written the rough draft of the Orochi Group, my final book in my trilogy, and I hate it. It has serious issues because I have grown as a writer since I started writing Bento Box, and I feel like the world of Bento doesn’t need further expansion. I wrote the Orochi Group with the Bento Box voice, so it is consistent with the world, but I’m a better writer now than I was when I wrote Bento, and so I don’t feel as though Orochi Group is that great. It’s a terrible drain on my resources. In contrast, I ghostwrote a book in two months and got paid for it. So, that was pretty great. It reminded me that I still have the ability to write, despite my huge project block.

I graduated from college, which was great, and I got a job a couple of weeks later, which was also great. My new job is challenging and fun, and while it’s still a job, it’s one I’m growing into. Not long after I got a job, we got kittens. It’s the first time in three years that we’ve had cats, and I’m remembering the joys and pains of pet ownership.

I also experienced the greatest improvement of my mental health ever in my life, but that’s an entirely different blog post.

2019 has a tough act to follow.