Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017

This year. THIS YEAR. I don’t know if I’ve ever experienced the range of highs and lows that I did in 2016. Despite all the obvious bad things (and boy were there a TON), a lot of good things happened, too.

For instance, my dream came true: I published my first book. And I am so grateful and humbled by the small village of brilliant, talented people that helped bring about that dream.

But 2016 wasn’t just about Gyre. I also read 100 books (at least 60% of which were by indie or small press authors, so woot!), met and connected with a ton of people at RT Convention in Las Vegas, traveled to 3 new states, went on a road trip, and published two of Gyre’s sequels: Landlocked and Driftwood.

Overall, I didn’t hit all the goals I set for 2016. But considering everything 2016 brought, I’m okay with that. This year was full of twists and turns, both in life and relationships, but also this crazy publishing world. In all things, I think my biggest takeaway from 2016 is this: everything you want is on the other side of fear, and that fear and exhilaration often live on opposite sides of an incredibly thin line.

Looking ahead at 2017, I see a whole new world of potential, filled with more writing, more published works, and much more travel.

Here are some of my goals for 2017:

  1. See Riptide (Atlas Link #3) published in August.
  2. Read 50 published or soon-to-be published books.
  3. Write 4 books, 2 novellas, and 2 short stories. (These are the *planned* projects… who knows what’ll actually happen!)
  4. Buy experiences, not things. This is pretty much my motto for 2017. I want to travel more, experience new things, and really live, not just exist. I’ve got a few ideas in mind for this, but I’m going to let things unfold as I go.

What are your goals for 2017? What’s your most anticipated read? I want to know! 🙂

Jessica Gunn
Jessica Gunn is a New Adult fantasy and sci-fi author with Curiosity Quills Press.

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