I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions—I’m more about improving daily, over the long haul. Continuous improvement, as it were. I am a work in progress, and hope to always be that way, because it means I am never too old to learn.
Nonetheless, these are extraordinary times. As we go into the start of another year with the pandemic looming large, I have to admit that I never saw 2022 to be the way it is shaping up now. It’s hard to imagine now what I thought this year would look like, but it wasn’t this. I always look forward to even numbered years—and this one, as a milestone year for me age wise, wasn’t supposed to be any different. It’s difficult to say what the year holds now, except for that birthday. Birthdays don’t care about anything other than the passing of the days. Every birthday is something to be celebrated, and this one is no exception.
This is likely to be a year of change for me with the merger of my day job company still moving forward. 2022 is the year of the Tiger in the Chinese calendar, which is also my animal in the Chinese zodiac. Tigers are supposed to be bold and daring, and Tiger years one of great change, so perhaps that will hold true for 2022. One can hope! This Tiger isn’t sure what to expect, but I’ll go along for the ride! If that means my company faces a new future once the merger finishes, I guess that is fitting with a Tiger year. Change is inevitable, and to fear it doesn’t help, since change is the one thing that is certain to happen. I’ve told several employees that whatever happens, we will be fine. I truly believe that. Things generally do work out for the best, even if there are some rough waves along the way. (I wasn’t always so pragmatic, but I have learned that no amount of fretting will change what is going to happen, and it only stresses me out.)
In terms of resolutions, as I said, I don’t really make any. However, I do look back at what I didn’t like about what happened in 2021 and try to work on those aspects. My promise to myself in 2022 is to try and meet people where they are, instead of where I want them to be. I can get very frustrated and shut down when I feel I’m not being heard and I am sure that it is visible even over Zoom. I can’t change how people are, so it’s up to me to modify my reaction. I hope that lasts!
Writing wise, I’m going to continue as I have been for a number of years. This year should see the release of the fifth Universe Chronicles book and the pair I have for you is hopefully going to thrill you. Their journey is going to be a bit of a different spin on things, and I am excited for you to go along for the ride. The portal talent Katrina, last seen in Generating Gravity, is the focus this time, along with a healer who is rescued by her and stumbles into more drama in Richmond than he could imagine, and a love they never anticipated.
For those who haven’t read Generating Gravity, the fourth book in the Universe Chronicles series, is available exclusively on Amazon Kindle Unlimited – as is the entire series. Here is the Amazon link for the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09DTJBV1W
I hope you and yours had a happy and safe holiday and a great new year! Here’s looking forward to an interesting, and hopefully productive, 2022!