2017 Year in Review

Words 871,490 in ~250 writing days
(Avg 72,624-words/month)
6 drafts finished
3 books published

So, I keep a running total throughout the year and it is a mess of colors because my brain works best in bright and exciting spreadsheets. I’m convinced the numbers could be dismal and if still be enthused about the COLORZZZZZZ.

It was the best year since 2013. And that’s awesome. Any time I pass a 100k mark I’m over the moon. And I really hope I never lose the small wonder that comes with each draft I’ve finished.

I think that’s one of the reasons I keep track of these things. It’s nice to be able to look at concrete proof like this and think… holy crap, I did that.

Because, holy crap, I did this.

I haven’t always been able to do this.

And as much as 2015 sucked, maybe it helped keep me in a place where I can be in awe. I hope that I never have another 2015. I hope I never need another 2015. (I’ll be honest, every instance of deja vu still scares the crap out of me.)

But that’s what the end of the year is about, right? First we’re thankful, then we’re joyous, and then we evaluate what we’ve done, and what we want to do.

Every year is a win, right? That whole “any fight you walk away from” mentality works in this instance too. 2017 and I squared up and I walked away in the black. That’s what counts.

I’m writing this at the bar, watching the minutes tick down to the new year and I’m excited for what that new year is going to bring.

To read through the previous years in review, click here.
For month by month breakdowns, click here.

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