A Letter to 2017

Dear 2017,

Where to even start with you?  I mean, you heard people complaining about how bad 2016 was and you took it as a challenge.  This is where I’d normally look back at the fond memories of the year, but you truly sucked harder than a shop vac with something to prove. Sales sucked, health took a few hits, personal issues where everywhere, the laptop debacle going from late March to early September (maybe October?), and that’s not bringing in the state of the world.  It really felt like there was no haven from your immense suck-a-tude.

So many people I know are finishing you with a physical or emotional limp because of the hell you brought down on them.  Some are optimistic while others are pessimistic, but you really left some scars.  I know we can’t blame you entirely because some things were caused by the selfishness of other people.  Yet, you did set up these events for one person to let down another with a resounding thud.  Honestly, I can’t think of any other year where my faith in humanity dipped so low.  Just pray 2018 isn’t your evil twin because I can’t deal with another round of ‘what’s the worst that could happen?’

By the way, do you have any shame or guilt in regards to your actions?  Do you feel sorry for any of the horrors you’ve unleashed or bonds you’ve severed?  It’s like you simply hated for people to be happy or even content.  There was always something lurking in the shadows to maul the chessboard.  Half the time, people couldn’t even reset the pieces before the mauling returned.  You truly were a curb-stomping, head-butting, groin-grinding, nipple-twisting suck of a year.

Now, I know you’re going to come up with some shining moments.  Betting you want to point out the end of ‘Legends of Windemere’.  Don’t pat yourself on the back.  Such an event would have happened regardless, but I dragged myself down a road of broken glass and lemon juice to get here.  Busted laptop, wife with a broken arm, medical thing, delays, getting blocked out of my files for a few days, losing Internet the day before the release, my son getting the flu ON release day, holiday vacations, dwindling promo funds, and Amazon rewriting all of my keywords whenever I saved.  Yeah, that’s just a walk in the fucking park for me.  Probably why I’m writing this with a glass of honey whiskey in my hand.  I swear, I’d buy a dumpster full of 2017 calendars and light it on fire if I could afford it.  For now, I’m settling for this venting post.

My hope is that 2018 looks at you as a cautionary tale.  It should do better.  Then again, we thought the same thing about you after 2016.  So, it isn’t a strong hope.  I’ll keep my expectations low and savor the brighter spots.  Yeah, me being an optimist isn’t really natural, so I won’t hold my breath on that.  Anyway, I’d give a toast to you, 2017, but I don’t like you.  Just go away and stand in the exit long enough for the door to hit you where the sun don’t shine.  Preferably with enough force to knock you into a thorn bush that might have been doused in gasoline.  Why do I have a lighter if I don’t smoke?  Start leaving and we’ll find out.



About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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34 Responses to A Letter to 2017

  1. Karen says:

    This is excellent, Charles!
    Happy New Year 2018! 🍀

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  2. I mean, things HAVE to get better, right?

    … right?

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  3. jenanita01 says:

    I wanted to write a post like this, full of all the anger you have made me feel all year. I am so low at the moment, I can’t summon up enough strength to rant…
    Thanks for doing it so eloquently for me!


  4. Tell that year where it can go! I’m right there with you.


  5. I’m amazed at how many of us feel that way. Although, if 2017 was 2016’s evil twin, then surely there can’t be a third one in a row, right? RIGHT??


  6. You said it all for me as well. Thanks, Charles. (Nipple twisting? I love that one.)


  7. Love your letter to the old critter 2017, Charles. The honey whiskey should help a bit! HAPPY NEW YEAR!


  8. It was quite a year for everyone. The bad things really out weighed the good ones.
    Onward to 2018! Happy New Year!


  9. Yeah… 2017 was one of those years where the handful of positive things that happened were overshaddowed by all the other stuff. I’m crossing my fingers that 2018 is better.


  10. Was it a good year for anyone?


  11. Jennie says:

    Well said, Charles!


  12. Rachel says:

    I applaud this. I hope 2018 treats you (and everyone else) a whole lot better!


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