2017 Last Words

Well, I missed a lot of blogging this year.

I can’t promise next year will see me on this site more often, but that is the plan.

So, as for 2017, I’m spending a few minutes of the last hour typing these words.

2017 has been a pretty good year for me, though far from perfect.

My mother was diagnosed with a serious disease, however possible to treat.

I published three books, Tenlyres, Soul Art, and The Mangrove Suite. I’m happy with all three of these books, especially the last one on the list.

I talked a lot with a few of my friends, and almost none with most of the others. I started a podcast, Alive After Reading, and continued the other podcast with my cohost.

I figured out which of my medications are still valuable, but at a pretty high cost in time.

Anyway, I’m tired. It’s a late hour, the last one of the year. Happy new year.

Thanks for reading, and I hope to talk to you again soon.

2017
So long 2017.

Good night sweet prince.

Sayonara sucker!

Now we can’t pretend the whole thing didn’t happen, but we can try to do better next time.

Good luck, everyone.

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Shift 2017

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Happy New Year, everyone!

I am back after a good break for Christmas and New Years. I drank more than in any prior holiday season but kept sober most of the time. I had some fun with my siblings, and travel did not prove overly irksome. And on New Year’s Eve, my father turned 60, so I celebrated with the family and still got to bed on time.

So, that’s what I’ve been doing. At the same time, I have also been thinking about my writing, especially the last part of Tenlyres, which is nearing its completion in rough draft. It seems strange to me that this series did not exist in prose form AT ALL last year at this time. It took most of my work time in 2016, but in 2017 I want to be more dedicated, because next up on my list in the second Maker Mythos novel, “Spurring the Beast.” I’m excited about that one, and I got some words in it done last year too, so it won’t be long.

The time has come to get back all the way to having fun while I write. For too long I have seen it as important to think things through as I go. Well, this year I have a new mantra to go with the ones my professor gave me on my trip to India six years ago.

Back then my mantras started with “I’m glad I don’t walk faster.” And, “I’m a very lucky person.”

I think both of those are still true. I’m going to add a third personal mantra as of today. “I have fun writing.”

This is not meant as an affirmation, necessarily, but as a reminder. Because it is absolutely true. Even when the writing gets tough, the work is satisfying. And that is a fact I swept under the rug years ago. Time to get it out again and dust it off for its rightful position on the mantelpiece of my mind.

I don’t have any resolutions for this year, but I want to keep getting better at the things I’ve been striving toward. Health, productivity, and independence.

Health is off to a good start, as I have already been walking quite a bit for two days. My food intake has been reasonable as well. I will do my best to cultivate a healthier mindset for publishing and working too.

Productivity goes with my new plan to make a habit of writing three sessions per day instead of just one bigger session. Wish me power to form that habit successfully over the next month especially, if you will.

Independence is another serious movement for me. This is not just making more money, but also forging a sense of doing things by myself and getting my driver’s license (I still don’t have one, obviously).

Those are my three prongs, but the first two take priority for the most part because they require the most time commitment (For productivity) and mental effort (Health). So, without further ado, I think it’s time for me to switch to writing fiction for the day.

Good luck, and happy new year.

Thanks for reading.

And while you’re at it, give the opening of “Hunter and Seed” a try!

The Way Home

I am writing these words from 35,000 feet in the air, with the keyboard balanced on my bag to give me room to type. This is the flight home. A lot has happened in the past two and a half weeks since I last posted, some sad, but most joyous and fun.

First of all, just a few days after my last post, on the weekend before my family left for Christmas vacation, my paternal grandmother, Rita Niederriter, passed away. She lived into her early nineties, and my grandfather (Her husband) just passed last fall, along with my grandmother’s older sister. While all this made me sad, we were very lucky that the whole extended family made it to the service on Christmas Eve to celebrate her life.

After a fun Christmas, my immediate family drove back to southern Minnesota, including my twin brother. We were home just long enough to shovel the driveway a few times before we left for California, which I just departed a few hours ago, through LAX. We spent the last week celebrating my older brother’s wedding. A new sister-in-law was added to the family in a wonderful ceremony in the LA Cathedral.

I ate A LOT of good food (Much of it Korean) and saw some sites around Los Angeles. Chased a few birds that stole bread from our bag at the beach. You know, a vacation. Now it’s back to the ice and snow of a Minnesota Winter, and back to editing and writing. I’m starting to receive beta-feedback on my novel, and should be able to release it in late-January, barring complications. Right now, I’m aiming for my birthday on the 19th to release, but there may not be enough time to get comments processed before that.

Things are quieting down on the travel front, but will soon be going loud in writing and publishing.

I am going to be working on a new, somewhat more relaxed schedule, where I write on the main book four days a week and a new serial project on Fridays. That serial project will be published on this blog starting in about 10 days, on this very blog, and on the website I am still tinkering with at timniederriter.com. Look for that each Friday, starting on Friday the 15th of January, and every Friday after that for at least 16 weeks.

The new year has me excited. As those of you who follow me on twitter may have seen, I posted there that the first thing I did on new years day, right after midnight, was write. It’s true. The new years words were mostly just notes for the serial, but I did them because I want this year to be a year of fun writing, and excitement in my chosen career. There will be lots to do, between the novels, the serial, the nonfiction I want to do, and all the rest. I may not have time to start the podcast I wanted to do this year, but we will see how this new routine works.

Anyway, I’m writing this post on the plane because I want to make sure I get it to you today. By the time you see this I’ll be safely on the ground again. Happy new year, and thanks for reading!

Learn

The year 2014 is all over bar the celebration. It’s on its way out as it were.

I’m happy with the past year. I’m doing what I want to do when I manage to pull my head out of my butt. Just need to get the head out of there more often.

I made some money, alternately enjoying and being frustrated with the work I did just as I am with my own work too. I learned a lot about my process and writing craft in general. Even got my ego massaged on occasion by clients after delivering work.

If I have one regret over the past year its that I didn’t learn much about anything besides writing. I think its the same regret I had for 2013 because once I graduated from college I started focusing on work and forgot to play at learning.

I don’t really do New Years resolutions, but I have goals. Plenty of goals for the year that’s about to begin involve writing, and a few involve other things. I want to learn stuff about other subjects again. I want to read more books, both fiction and nonfiction.

From where I end my year things look good. I’m going to give things the best push I can.

Thanks for reading. Talk to you soon.

Okay

Hey everyone. Happy impending New Year!

Today, still in the midst of my vacation something occurred to me. It may sound like a silly platitude at first, but allow me to explain after I say: We’re okay.

Sure, there are things each of us could improve. Sure, there are times we don’t feel like everything is fine. There are difficult situations to endure, and there are injustices in the world that may never be corrected.

But if I learned anything from this holiday so far, it is that things do change and they change for the better as well as for the worse.

Life is hills and valleys, but it doesn’t have to be mountains and pits. I guess this might make less sense than I initially thought. I suppose my point remains that if one does not react poorly, one can always endure social situations, even seemingly negative ones and come out positively. It’s not easy, but sometimes silence is the best option.

Today I’m traveling across the country. The new year is close, and I want it to be different from the past one.

But like everyone, I need to know this year was, at least, okay. And there are better things ahead.