Worldwide, this day is one of introspection, accompanied by either pessimism or optimism, depending on your point of view. I’m not obsessively introspective – once I make a decision, I usually carry it through without a lot of backward glances. If it turned out to be a mistake, I try to learn from it, but I don’t agonize.
Not to say I don’t have regrets. There a few things I’ve done or said in my life that still cause me to wake up in cold sweat. But if it’s something I can’t fix, I don’t think it helps anyone for me to swim in the slough of despond over it.
So I go forward. But 2011 marked a milestone in my life and I figure I should acknowledge it. It’s the year I published. For now and forever, there’s a science fiction book out in the world with my name on it. The book may (probably will) fall near the bottom of the pool that is published literature, and never see the light of day again. But I do hope that doesn’t happen for a while yet.
I expect to have other books join it soon, but the first book – like the first time for many things – will always be special.
What were your “firsts” in 2011? Join in and let’s raise a glass together for what we accomplished and for what lies ahead!