Looking back on 2016, it’s hard for me to say it was a good year. The election and the months leading up to it were trying, and the aftermath has been even more trying. But a few good things did happen for me. In 2016 I:
- Finished revising a book and queried it.
- Got a job as a teen librarian.
- Had several thought-provoking discussions about diversity and representation in the kidlit world.
- Joined the We Need Diverse Books Librarian Squad.
- Read and recommended a lot of great books.
- Did my first round of school visits — and was surprised and delighted to find I love school visits.
- Moved closer to my workplace.
- Learned a lot from giving feedback to and receiving feedback from critique partners.
- Tightened my prose by writing flash fiction.
- Started writing an #ownvoices book.
I didn’t accomplish everything I would’ve liked to accomplish in 2016, but I’m happy with this list. And, because I like setting goals, here are some things I’d like to do next year:
- Complete and query at least one new project.
- Read more MG books.
- Read more #ownvoices books.
- Continue learning. Always.
- Increase circulation of teen books at my library.
- Practice self-care, paying more attention to both my physical and mental health.
- Write something that scares me.
- Keep a close eye on what’s happening in our country, and speak out against threats to democracy and freedom of the press.
- Learn to cook at least one new dish.
- Take risks.
How did 2016 go for you? Do you have any goals/resolutions for the coming year?