A year of highs and lows, 2018 is drawing to a holiday cheer-filled end. We’ll be traveling to Nova Scotia to see my side of the family for a day before coming back to PEI to be with Colby’s family. Several hours of driving has quickly become part of my Christmas season tradition. We load my phone up with comedy albums and podcasts and laugh our way across the Maritimes.
But this year will be a bit different from previous holiday trips: three additions and one loss.
I blogged about Artemis joining our family in late August. As I write this, she’s munching away happily on a Kong toy in the kitchen. Our home feels a little more complete with her, completing our little trio family.
We also have the addition of a second nephew, Lucas, and a second niece, Willa. My goal of being the kooky aunt has only just begun!
The year began with my father’s death. I blogged about my fear of death and aging I dealt with after his passing but thankfully I’ve mostly gotten over it.
Between all of this, my mother and I did something totally out-of-character for both of us: with only a couple months to plan, we took a trip to Toronto to see The Phantom of the Opera. I usually like at least a year to plan trips but this was so short notice for us. After an unexpected and totally random eye-related health issue, we ended up bussing all the way to Toronto from Moncton instead of flying, spending a full day on buses, switching between buses, and waiting at bus stations. And then doing it all over again in reverse four days after. It was a busy, jam-packed trip but man, it was so much fun. And very needed. I’m pretty proud of myself for just leaping at the chance to do something without a lot of thought.
As for my writing, I published my first non-fiction book (The Lazy Historian’s Guide to the Wives of Henry VIII) and then a short non-fiction ebook (The Lazy Historian’s Guide to Woodstock and the Music of the 1960s). Wives was something I’d always wanted to write and I’m super proud of the end product. It’s also my first book to be available as an audiobook.
And then I put aside all my other planned non-fiction projects and went back to fiction. This one idea planted itself in my head and just wouldn’t go away. I even put The Lazy Historian on hiatus while I work away on this new fiction project.
I know. It surprised me too.
With all of that being said, I also launched another blog where I post reviews for historical fiction novels I’ve read recently. I also do author interviews, giveaways, blog tour posts, and more.
(Can you guess what genre my new novel is in? *wink*)
Also in book-related news, I got a dope-ass tattoo of some books on the inside of my left arm where I can always see it, as a reminder to myself that I should be writing or at least reading. Speaking of reading, my goal was to read 18 books (18 books for 2018, ya know) and I read 33. Might be 34 by the time 2019 arrives. We’ll see.
If I made any other goals for 2018, I can’t seem to find them. That’s not a particularly good sign. Making my goals for 2019 official by listing them here in order of their significance to me:
- Complete first draft of novel
- Complete final draft of novel
- Pitch novel to at least one agent
- Try to be less angry
- Use Facebook and Twitter a lot less
- Get better about wishing happy birthday to people on Facebook
- Do one bitchin’ cosplay
Ciao for now, 2018. Let’s get the show on the road, 2019!
Do you have any goals for 2019? What was the best thing that happened in your life in 2018? Let me know in the comments!
Jillianne Hamilton is the author of Molly Miranda: Thief for Hire, its two action/comedy sequels, and The Lazy Historian's Guide to the Wives of Henry VIII. She is also a graphic designer, a history enthusiast, and a dog mom. Learn more.