What a god-awful year 2016 turned out to be. I am late with this journal entry, but I was trying to think of exactly what to write about the start of another year. I'm not impressed, quite frankly. After 2016, I regard new years with suspicion. January 2016 was a very difficult time for me, while I was also starting a new position at work. Things should have been a lot better. However, every time I turned around, and I'm sure you can relate, there was something that poisoned the well on whatever good you achieved. Just absolute sh*te.
But, here we are, starting again. Today is the 1 year anniversary of losing Mr. Awesome Pants (David Bowie). I'm in utter shock of losing one of my heroes, Carrie Fisher--no more books or Leia, and I can't cope with that. It's the oddest thing I've ever experienced, being genuinely upset at the passing of a person I didn't know. Ms. Fisher was in my life since I could walk, and Star Wars is a family staple. We live, eat, breath it. I am just sad that I didn't get to read one of her books while she was alive and go to a signing to fangirl over her. And then, I think about her darling daughter, and can't even. If lost my mother and grandmother in the same week, I'd about be be ready to go too! But, Billie is doing admirably. She will continue to do so.
And, that is why we're facing a new year despite everything. We're carrying on, despite the wounds and losses.
I don't expect much in the first quarter of the year. It's usually quiet. Currently, I am working with a new designer to bring the cover for Burning Down
online. It's been delayed since July, when it was supposed to release, due to the loss of my previous and amazing designer. And, no lie, I recently had my editor step down, so I was out an editor for the next book too! Just wonderful! I know!
And that was the light side of 2016. There were no breaks given. 2017 will be an interesting pile as the world is forced to watch a moldy orange lead the United States.
A few years ago, not making resolutions became my resolution. I'm holding strong to this day. Last year is just proof of why it's pointless: the things that really matter are really out of our control. Why resolve to do anything about them? I know how defeatist that sounds, but letting that sh*t go really helps your stress level and health. Resolutions are for amateurs, doing is for masters. All you can really do is make an attempt and celebrate that you either accomplished your goal, or celebrate that you had the cojones to try! Resolutionists tend to give up, or never quite get started. It seems so basic to make resolutions. Let's make actions, instead.
I wrote an article recently on my blog
about being the hero we've waited for, instead of raising up others and watching lamenting their failure. I encourage you to take a read (and then subscribe to my weekly newsletter to get other great articles). That way, you'll always know what I'm up to!
Submission Guidelines for the Blue Honor Blog:
TTYLKWilliamsPhotoYou can keep up with me on a weekly basis at my blog:
Guest bloggers should submit final works for publication. I reserve the right to do editing for clarity and grammar. If using pictures (I will select pictures if none are submitted, or I find the images out of context and/or offensive), please link the source of the photo at the end of the article (it’s best to use free image sources so you don’t have to wait around for artist permissions and miss your chance – try Pixabay and Unsplash) and permission proof from artist. Your article should be no more than 1 – 2 pages (500-700 words?) in length. It should be coherent and informative. It is considered a news item and will adhere to the ethics and standards of the blog. Excessive profanity will be edited out, or cause a rejection of the piece, but feel free to use some as appropriate. Submissions need to appeal to a large audience.
APA Style should be used in citations, though I’m not a stickler on the formatting of your citations, just be sure to cite when quoting text directly, otherwise it’s plagiarism–maintain your integrity at all times. It’s a fun blog, but professional.
If you know of someone who would love to contribute, don’t hesitate to let them know about the blog. How do you get in touch with me? Use my contact form. Please subscribe to the blog to improve your chances. Suggestions for features can also be submitted via the contact form.
If you’re are rejected, accepted, edited, altered or ignored – no flaming me, other bloggers, or artists. Maintaining civility is a must in this profession. You don’t want to burn bridges, or get a reputation for being too difficult to work with. After all, this is about you speaking to the world and letting them know you’re out there. We both want that to be a good experience.
If your piece is accepted, you may republish it anywhere you wish from the blog post page. I appreciate links to my blog on your sites and pages. I retain the right to republish (share) the work on social media, my website, deviantArt and other venues giving the author full credit.
I am not responsible for revenue lost/gained from this agreement. There is no payment for blog submissions currently. I am not being paid to run the site or edit work.
Guest blogs appear weekly on Wednesdays. Include a photo of yourself and a short bio (about 2-3 lines) with links to your website and/or books.