2017 Brings New (Writing) Adventures

Impressionist winter dawn through the Gulf Islands.

Happy New Year! Best wishes to everyone for a great 2017 and plenty of writing and reading time too.

For me, 2017 is a big year starting with all kinds of new things, after a tough 2016. First thing for me in January is moving to a different city, and starting a new job, which I’m very excited about. Victoria is beautiful, and I’ve lived there before and enjoyed it. By some miracle, I’ve found a great place to live in 0.2% vacancy. My sacrifice to the Apartment / Flat Hunting Gods was only one (epic) spill on black ice. Vancouver, by the way, has descended into the next Ice Age this winter, and a surging glacier has taken the suburbs and is bearing on downtown. Watch out for woolly mammoths!

And with this move, I’m getting my own space again, and at last room for all my books. Many of my books have been shuffled about and in storage for quite a few of the last ten years. I’m planning on fulfilling my dream of enough shelving, after a big sort and cull. I’m sure it’ll be a voyage of rediscovery.

What I’m really looking forward to, though, is having a place to read and write.

This has been a long time in coming.

But highlights of 2016 included writing the first draft of my novel, first in a series, and my writing group. I had one short work published, and another story received an honourable mention in a contest. I discovered the main character I never expected to have, and started developing a whole world the series. So 2016 did have a silver lining for me.

My main writing goal for 2017 is to finish the draft, through a couple more rounds of edits and revisions, and get going on book two.

And at long last, reading time! I have a reading mountain, rather than a pile to get caught up with, slowly but surely. If you’re curious, you can track my reading adventures on Goodreads.

Happy writing in 2017! 🙂

Published by Hugh Blackthorne


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