Questions 3: How Did 2020 Treat You?

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Not really writing based.  Unless I remind people that War of Nytefall: Ravenous is still for sale and will be forever.  That has nothing to do with this post.  Since we’re coming to the end of the year, it’s time to reflect.  2020 has really left its mark on most people, which means if there was any year to do this then here we are.  Time to find the optimists, pessimists, realists, and whoever else is out there.

  1. If you had to describe 2020 in one word, what would it be?
  2. What was the best part of 2020?  (Stop laughing.)
  3. What is the one thing that you would remove from this year that isn’t the pandemic or general hate/division?  (Come on, we’d all pick those two.)

My answers:

  • Crushing
  • Getting to see dholes at the zoo with my son.
  • Going to go way back.  The Australian Wildfires because of all the people and animals that were affected.

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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15 Responses to Questions 3: How Did 2020 Treat You?

  1. 1. Different
    2. Lovely spring weather and a deserted golf course to walk my wonderful foster dog
    3. Brexit – I’d remove that from the last 5 years and next year too
    I think on the whole 2020 has treated me better than it’s treated a lot of people.


  2. twixie13 says:

    1) Meh
    2) Probably the fact that I’ve gotten a lot done in terms of creative projects. Rather proud of that.
    3) I would say “My dog’s declining health”, but that started a bit before this year (and ended in February). And the feelings of not being good enough have been around for-freaking-ever. OOH, the tech issues would be a good one to get rid of for this year, particularly the problems I’ve had with laptop chargers. I’ve had to replace it three times within the span of a few months.


  3. My word – Disgusting
    The best part of 2020 was the feeling of community as a result of all facing the same issues.
    I would remove all the hurricanes.


  4. I was just thinking it’s about time to do my yearly assessment, followed by my plan for next year. It’s hard to limit myself to one word, but I’ll try “frustrating.” It’s been hard watching us tear each other apart when we had the opportunity to come together. For the second one, there are a couple of things. I’m grateful my family and friends weren’t devastated by Covid. Touched, yes, but still standing. I also had a pretty productive publishing schedule. I’m a pretty easy-going guy and you removed all the big stuff, but if I were to return something, I could have done without the dead refrigerator.


    • It’s funny how you’re saying people tore each other apart and another comment mentioned people coming together. I think it depends on where you live. I saw a lot of unity at the start, but summer was where things kind of fell apart. Dead fridge definitely sounds like something you could do without on top of the big stuff.


  5. 1. Terrible.
    2. My first impulse here is to say, “The best part of 2020 is that it’s almost over,” because that’s how I feel about this year. But if you want something that actually happened in 2020 then the best part was getting my tortoise, Artemis. Honestly, it’s one of the few good things about 2020.
    3. My Nan (Dad’s Mother) dying. She died in August. Not from the virus, but from health issues and her age catching up with her (she was 92… Would have been turning 93 in January).


  6. >If you had to describe 2020 in one word, what would it be?
    Does “batten down the hatches” count as one word?

    >What was the best part of 2020? (Stop laughing.)
    Fiyahcon happened. For those not into science fiction conventions, authors who are black, indigenous, and otherwise disadvantaged, have struggled for decades to be recognized equally with whites. Fiyahcon was oriented to them and it was an incredible success.

    >What is the one thing that you would remove from this year that isn’t the pandemic or general hate/division?
    Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s cancers would have miraculously disappeared, and she would still be sitting on the Supreme Court.


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