2016 In Review

2016 In Review

I’m not one for resolutions, but I do find that I spend a lot of time on reflections as we usher out the old and welcome the new. For the Write Or Consequences group, in 2016 we said good-bye to the ice-bucket and ushered in Pages or Pies – produce a minimum number of pages every week or get a pie in the face! And to add insult to injury, you gotta bring your own pie.

Between the four of us, we’ve published fifty blog posts and we’ve written and critiqued about a thousand pages. We’ve achieved goals, set new goals and continue to work toward publication.

On January 4th Sandra wrote about resolutions and gave some excellent tips to help us make and achieve realistic goals with her blog, Yet Another New Year’s Resolution.

In December 2015 Lorinda wrote about breaking larger goals into more manageable parts and in her own wonderful, unique way titled her piece When Pigs Fly.

Dawn reminded us why setting goals is important in June with her blog Goal Power.

In fact, when reviewing our blog posts for the last year, I’ve confirmed what I already knew – my blog mates are excellent writers who give damn good advice! We’ve talked about our writing life, improving craft, staying motivated and the flip side of motivation, procrastination.

Did I make the goals I set for 2016? Some of them yes, some of them no. Will I make my goals for 2017 – only time will tell. But I start the year with motivation and determination.

Before I end this, I want to share some of the things that made headlines in 2016:

Pokemon Go came and went.
Chewbacca Mom made us laugh.
Michael left Kelly and Angelina left Brad.
Snap chat overtook Instagram and Twitter.
Team USA dominated Rio.
After thirty years, Leslie Jones became an overnight sensation.
Cuba Gooding, Jr. brought OJ back to the headlines.
After 108 years the Chicago Cubs won the World Series.

And then there is the Curse of 2016 – To start the year, we lost David Bowie on January 10th. Christmas Day claimed George Michael. In no particular order, other larger-than-life famous people who died this year include Gene Wilder, Muhamad Ali, Prince, Garry Marshal, Arnold Palmer, Nancy Regan, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, Fidel Castro, Alan Thicke, John Glenn, Patty Duke, Alan Rickman, Merle Haggard, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Garry Shandling, Morley Safer, Florence Henderson, Glen Frye, Doris Roberts, Janet Reno and Harper Lee. This isn’t the full list, just some of the most recognizable names. And – the year isn’t over yet! Will the 2016 curse strike again? Carrie Fisher suffered a major heart-attack on December 23rd and is still in intensive care.

This is the world we live in. As writers we find inspiration from headlines, from life, dreams, conversations … and reflections. Here at Write Or Consequences we set goals and we hold each other accountable with consequences.

Have you written today?

Terri Rich

Terri Richison (writing as Terri Rich) lives in Clear Lake City, TX with her husband and a giant Great Dane (giant even by Great Dane standards). She is working on self-publishing women’s fiction and avoiding getting a pie in the face if she doesn’t produce pages for every critique session! PIES OR PAGES! Terri started telling stories almost as soon as she could talk – she learned everything she needed to know about storytelling at her grandmother’s knee. Craft however, is something she is still learning – those damn commas give me nightmares!

11 thoughts on “2016 In Review

  1. And, I’m sad to report, Carrie Fisher has passed away. She lived such a wonderful, difficult, complicated life and came through it all with a sometimes self-deprecating, sometimes vicious humor. Long live Princess Leia!

    I’m looking forward to 2017 — to moving ahead through Evelyn and Barbara of the Promise House series, and then (I hope) working on the spicier stories… I’m toying with Dawn’s idea of Mrs. Denson’s story being a Christmas story, with the Victorian decked out for the holiday for Anastasia and Douglas’s first Christmas in the Heights. Maybe Barbara will make an appearance as her teenage self, but I don’t know for sure. We’ll see how that goes.

    The only New Year’s Resolution I’m considering is sitting in meditation every day, even if it’s only 5 minutes — get my butt on the cushion whether I feel up to it or not. Back to that idea of commitment to a small thing cultivating commitment to larger things.

    What are y’all thinking about for a resolution (if anything)?

  2. I was so sad when I heard that Carrie died yesterday. In addition to being an amazing actress she was also a wonderful author. Her humor, her smile her new words will be missed.

  3. And today Debbie Reynolds died, one day after her daughter, Carrie Fisher. She was 84 and a true Hollywood treasure.

    Is that enough 2016 – still 3 days left…

  4. So glad you didn’t hit us over the head with election recaps! In my opinion, that was the worst part of this year.

    As rough as 2016 was, I’m expecting some major personal shifts from 2017, so my plan is to get my butt in gear from day one. Our current 90-day goals really help with that. I want to hit and pass my first quarter goals, so that my writing will not suffer if 2017 brings yet another foot surgery (pretty sure there’s no way around that one!) or a return to being a working girl (I’m giving that one a 50/50 shot.)

    This is our third year of WoC, right? I want to make third time the charm. Tired of saying I’m gonna self-pub. I want 2017 to be the year I press that PUBLISH button!

    1. You’ll make it, Dawn. You’ve pulled your stories together and now we just need to start working through your third book, right? And you’ve written it already, so 2017 looks like fun!

    2. Honestly, in a first draft, I did talk about all the negative politics and also all the police officer deaths – then decided I wanted a more up-beat recap – that stuff just didn’t feel like it belonged! On the other hand, the 2016 celebrity curse couldn’t be ignore.

      Yes, this is the year we hit publish! We will make this happen! 4 for 4 this year ladies! Let’s do this thang!

    3. For me, I’m aware that I need to hold myself to a higher standard – self awareness and reality don’t necessarily mesh, but I do have the awareness!

  5. While nothing is ever all bad, 2016 did seem to me to bit a bit harder than other recent years. But, no matter how corny or repetitious, or whatever label you want to attach, I’m always jazzed for a new year. Another chance to change for the better, to achieve a goal, to hit a milestone. I have a writing goal, health goal, and a personal goal. Seems too much? Well, now, I don’t want to be bored (or boring) Hee hee. See ya’ll next year!

    1. Good luck on all your goals! You’ve always struck me as one of those people who, when you have energy for something, nothing can stop you. Go, girl!

      I don’t have “goals” so much as I have “awarenesses”… I’m aware I need to exercise more and meditate more and write more, and that’s just where I have to start. We’ll see how it goes!

    2. Just keep in mind you own advice – When Pigs Fly! You’ll make it! And boring just doesn’t belong in any post with your name on it dahlin! You are a LOT of things – but boring – NEVER!

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