Hey folks, now that the Make 2017 Great sale is all done, it’s time to get back to business. And the business, of course, is writing.
But I thought I’d take some time on here to reflect on 2016 a bit, giving you a glimpse of my personal life a tad.
Why? Well, you know, because I can.
If you’ve been following along, you are probably aware that early in 2015 (almost exactly 2 years ago today), I left my place of employment of nearly 8 years to spend time time at home with the kids and to reboot my system a bit. During nap times and off hours, I managed to get some writing done, and even released 2 books over the course of 2015 (although one was actually released before the major life change).
At the end of 2015, I took a job as a mail man. It was a pretty sweet gig, but since it was the Christmas season, I simply had absolutely no time with which to do anything outside of work. I nearly missed seeing my kids at all on Christmas Eve. I loved the job, but I couldn’t handle not seeing my kids, especially during the Christmas season.
So, I found a new job…which then dropped out from underneath me due to some odd paperwork issues…
But, within a couple weeks I managed to nab myself yet another new job and was back at the life behind a desk.
And for nearly a year I worked at this job. And was able to get some writing done in the off hours again, but those few months as a mail man had done so much toward taking my family off track that it took most of that year to actually get things back into a certain order.
Finally, a few months ago, I started feeling on top of things yet again. And began putting my (writing) house back in order. And to start things off, I went through all of my old projects, the released ones, and polished them up. I decided that when I actually came back into the game, I wanted to do so with everything feeling refreshed, not just myself.
Which is where the Make 2017 Great sale came into play. I had set myself to get back to work at the top of the year, and the sale and focus on each of my previously released works was, for me at least, a sense of rebirth, a newly formed call to action to get my butt back to writing. That meant that I spent the majority of the past few months editing books which were already released, instead of writing anything new. But while re-reading them, I also took notes about new story ideas or about where those series might be headed next.
Which means that now that all of that is done, I’ve got a whole host of ideas on how to move forward. And I’m mighty excited.
Of course, since we’re talking about my personal life here a bit, 2017 is a year of rebirth all around. At the start of the year, I took on yet another new job. Getting back to the business/data analysis that I tend to excel at.
And, we bought a new house. We haven’t actually closed on it or anything yet, but by the summer, the Osters will be living on their new 12.5 acre farm approximately a half hour away from where we live now. We’ll be out in the country, enjoying the fresh air, the wide open spaces, and maybe a chicken or two.
It seems so amazing to me that a few months ago I had decided to take 2017 by the horns, and already so many things have come to fruition…and we’re only a quarter of the way through the year.
Which actually gets to the real answer of WHY I’m telling you all this.
2017 is going to be the best year ever for this guy. It will be a year of change, a year of rebirth. And part of that year is that I have already begun renewing my focus on the writing which, unfortunately, had to take a back burner over the course of 2016.
And I promise you won’t be disappointed in what I’ve got coming down the pipeline.
More details on that to come soon. For now, I just wanted to take a moment to say, I’m back. And I have no intentions of disappearing again for the foreseeable future.
Have fun out there!