If I were asked to describe this year in three words, I would say:
“I can’t describe this year in three words because that is far too few words and to do so is really only a silly exercise in trying to minimize a ton of exciting events into a representative, easily digestible symbol.”
“Really freakin’ amazing.”
In summation, this year I: got married to the greatest lady in the history of ladies, started and fell in love with grad school, was Freshly Pressed (twice! I know, I still can’t believe it either), was published in a few other places, wrote 50,069 words of a “novel”, read 18 books (see the note on grad school), and did my first ever podcast, all without dying or developing any sort of serious psychosis.
I wrote exactly 150 posts on Literature and Libation this year. 51 beer reviews, 21 How Tos, 11 Craft and Drafts, and 5 Forgotten Fridays. If, on average, I wrote ~750 words a post (total guess), that’s ~112,500 words for 2012.
I’d say, without reservation, that is was a pretty awesome year.
A lot of people make resolutions as the new year turns its notebook to a fresh piece of paper, but I don’t like that idea. “Resolution” has a self deprecating connotation, as if you need to resolve some issue with your life, or make improvements to some less than perfect life-area.
Stop beating yourself up with the resolutions! Be positive, dammit.
For me, 2013 will be about trying new things. I’ve got a whole brew-kettle of ideas that are fermented and hopped and almost ready to drink. You’ll be seeing things like:
- Guest posts!
- Longer form thingies!
But that doesn’t mean I won’t be doing my usual reviews, How Tos, Craft and Draft posts, or Forgotten Fridays. They’ll still be here, and hopefully I’ll be able to come up with some schedule for posting that isn’t “whenever I randomly feel like it.” No promises though.
Did anyone else have any written successes this year? Any plans for 2013?
And don’t give me any resolutions. You don’t want to see me angry; I’m likely to write a strongly worded letter.