Thoughts on 2021

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This might be quick.  It isn’t really a promo for War of Nytefall: Eulogy and I’m busy enjoying Holiday Break.  Probably playing video games with my son or going out if the weather is nice.  I’m writing this at the start of November, but I don’t think anything is going to really change.  I’m weighing in on 2021 now.

This is a tough one.  2020 sucked a lot.  Yet, I also got a ton of writing done due to the remote working and quarantines.  My son had a rough time in school, but he passed and we’re still on our way to recovering.  Trying to work out a custody arrangement during a pandemic with schedules all over the place was a nightmare.  This is why I didn’t think 2021 could be worse.  I thought it would go rather smoothly in comparison and I guess it did.  Was it enough?

There was an incredible amount of drama in my life, which is why I find a post like this rather strange.  New Years Eve doesn’t erase the stuff I’m struggling with or create a fresh start.  I’m still battling the same demons and narcissists as last year.  I will say that I got better footing in 2021 for some of the arenas, which meant I began to start standing up for myself.  Took a few lumps doing this, but I’m hoping it has put me on the right track for a few positive changes.  Going to take a while to get there since I’m dealing with other people and that means I can’t predict all events.

Writing-wise, I feel pretty good about publishing 3 books and putting War of Nytefall to bed.  I never know if I’m going to find time to write and publish these days, so it’s a victory to finish a project.  Sales didn’t go anywhere and I’m totally over promotions.  I paid for things and got nothing.  I did free stuff and got nothing.  All books are 99 cents and got very little.  Once every month, I’d sell a copy of each Legends of Windemere book in one shot though.  It hurts, but I figure there’s nothing I can do unless I get a comic book deal, Netflix deal, or win the lottery.  This game really does go to the rich and those with contacts.  An anxiety-riddled guy struggling to survive in general isn’t going to get very far, which was driven home this year.

I’m kind of down about the whole year, but there were some good points.  The father/son trip to Oswego was a blast.  It was a trip I put off for a year and was happy to finally get to do.  The drive was rough since I had the bad shoulder, but we made it and enjoyed every minute.  My son wants to go back again next year.  I’m considering it or finding another location like the Finger Lakes.  A nice drive and a few days in a relaxing area really does the two of us some good.  That might have been the best part of the entire year now that I think about it.

I can’t think of anything else to say about 2021.  The overall theme for me seemed to be recovery.  Mentally, physically, and emotionally.  2020 was brutal and the first half of this year was a continuation of that.  So, I’ve really only been fighting to recover since June, which is why I’m still frayed around the edges.  That being the case, I assume this is going to continue into 2022.

How was everyone else’s 2021?

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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11 Responses to Thoughts on 2021

  1. Darlene says:

    May 2022 be kind to you, Charles.

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  2. have a hard time seeing the difference between 2020 and 2021. Maybe 2022 will be different. Happy New Year, Charles

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  3. L. Marie says:

    This year was definitely challenging! I remember starting off the year without knowing anyone (not counting strangers in the news) who had to the virus to ending it knowing many people who currently have it or have had it.

    You have had a rough year. Hoping for a better 2022 for you.

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  4. I’ve already posted my thoughts on 2021. There was some success, but it was kind of soft. Personal life beat me to a pulp. I’m hoping we both have a better year ahead.

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  5. Victoria Zigler says:

    Like with you, there were some positives, but mostly the year sucked. Between recovering from 2020, and dealing with what 2021 had to offer for itself, it’s only focussing on those positives that got me through with what little sanity I still have. Let’s hope for a better time of it in 2022.

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