Happy end of 2017!  I’m finishing up the year with a lovely cold, courtesy of working retail for the past month.  (I knew there was a reason why I stayed locked in my house all these years).  Still, I didn’t want to leave 2017 without posting one last blog.

2017 was a very interesting year for me. It saw my first independent publishing venture (yay!) and the end of my time on the RWA Board of Directors. Lt. Tattoo got engaged and moved to another state. I sold my childhood home. I got my first outside job in years. Captain Pete …. well, Captain Pete stayed Captain Pete.  Like his namesake, he’s a rock. A steady, dependable rock.

I have been blessed with many such rocks in my life.  Friends who have leant me shoulders and support when I needed them.

You know who else has been a steady, wonderful presence in my life?  You all. The people who read these posts, who visit my Facebook page, and who read my stories.  Most of you I will never have the honor of meeting in person — heck, we might not even cross paths online — but simply knowing you exist makes my life richer.  Of course, it is entirely possible that no one is reading anything and I’m spending my time talking to imaginary people. In that case, I am grateful for the imagination.

Anyway, I have some great plans coming up in 2018. One of my goals for 2018 is to provide you – my imaginary or not imaginary blog readers – with some entertaining and interesting blog posts. Another is to write more words so that you have more Barb Wallace books to enjoy.  In fact, content is going to be my #1 priority next  year.

I’ve got other goals too, which I’ll talk about next week.  In the meantime, I wish you all a happy, prosperous, and healthy New Years.

 

  1. Hi Barbara,
    I’ve been reading your blog for years without ever commenting, so I finally decided to say hello and let you know that your posts matter to me. As a fellow multi-pubbed author especially, it’s been really close to my heart to read about your journey with mental health and writing, struggling to be prolific, and dealing with burnout and questions of where to go next in a career that is everything but predictable. I’ve been struggling to find an author community (I’m a member of RWA but my extreme introversion gets in the way of reaching out for friends; also, it’s oddly much harder to find the right fit when you have been doing this writing thing for a little bit than when you’re brand new). While not community per se – your blog has made me feel less alone in this weird job and all the weird/hard stuff that comes with it. All that to say: Thank you, and here’s wishing you an excellent 2018. 🙂

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