I know most things never go completely to plan, what with life getting in the way at every turn, but my gosh has the first half of 2022 been the opposite of what I hoped for. Thinking on it as a whole, I’m left feeling disappointed for opportunities I reached for and didn’t get, and frustrated for projects I didn’t complete. Looking part that into the details, however, I can see there were good points, too.
In the first half of this year I:
- Wrote 65,000 words––considerably less than I usually pen in six months, but still sixty-five thousand words!
- Attempted Veganuary for the first time (and did better than I expected)
- Got the third Belfast Writers’ Group Anthology out into the world (FINALLY!)
- Published the first Perilla Magilla book for CL Scott
- Became a moderator of Elysian Fields, an online fan fiction archive of almost 25,000 members
I also lost pretty much the entirety of my June to COVID––but I was fully vaccinated and I’m still here to tell my story, so I have that to be thankful for.
My Goodreads Goal is on track (11 books read off my total of 20 for the year), and I have been working on my art, as planned.
I’ve had art mentoring sessions via Zoom that were really helpful, completed a bunch of Skillshare classes that were also really good, and attended some in-person art classes that were… let’s just say not up to the standard of the Zoom and Skillshare lessons.
So a mixed bag! Maybe not even too bad, considering. You might be wondering why I’m feeling so down about the year so far, all considered, and to answer that, I point you at the three things still currently in the pipeline for 2022:
- Life Lessons: Book Two in my YA Trilogy
- Girl Imperilled: My Short Story Collection
- An Art Zine
I had planned to have all three of these published by now, and if things had worked out, I’d currently be writing book three of my trilogy, but that’s been pushed to next year.
Which is frustrating, as I’ve said, but I’m also trying to be gentler with myself this year. One of my goals was to actually chill more, and I think I’m maybe a little better on that front. Either way, we’re now in July, having crossed over into the second half of the year, and I’m considering it a fresh start.
Let’s go onward from here!