I told myself I wouldn’t do it. I promised I would refrain. Every blogger in the universe either already has published a ‘looking back on 2016’ or ‘looking ahead to 2017’ post, or is busy composing one. Why should anyone care what I think?
There is very little I want to say about 2016. Very little I want to remember. Yes, there were a couple of milestones: I released audiobook editions of my first two novels and published a third; my husband and I welcomed a new puppy into our home (those of you who subscribe to my newsletter have seen pictures of our Shalom); and, yes, the Democrats nominated Hillary Clinton as their candidate for POTUS.
Oops. Ignore that last one. I promised myself I wouldn’t go there. Still hurts too much.
What about 2017? Well, I’ve made a couple of resolutions. Or, perhaps I should think of them as wishes?
- Resolved: No more wasting my time on Freecell, Jigidi, or 2048 computer games and puzzles.
- Resolved: No more wasting my time on CNN, FOXNews, MSNBC, etc., etc.
- Resolved: No more wasting my time!
What do I expect to do with all of the hours thus liberated?
- Take more long walks with husband and puppy.
- Spend more time working in the garden.
- Write, edit and publish at least one book in 2017 (with luck, by mid-summer).
- Investigate repackaging my first three books into a ‘box set’ Kindle book.
- Revive my food safety blog, eFoodAlert.
That last item sort of sneaked up on you, didn’t it? For five years after I retired as a food safety microbiologist – up until the time I reinvented myself as a novelist – I wrote a food safety blog in which I tracked foodborne illness outbreaks and food recalls around the world. I have a hunch the arrival in Washington of an administration that is promising to ‘reduce the regulatory burden on businesses’ will bring about diminished FDA and USDA enforcement of food safety regulations. I cannot sit on the sidelines and watch the progress of the last several years be flushed down the toilet without comment.
So, farewell to Jigidi, Freecell, 2048; farewell to compulsive reading of political diatribes on Facebook; farewell to meaningless trivia quizzes.
The FoodBugLady is poised for a comeback in 2017.