1) The Marinara Murders. The book is symbolic of my renewed goal of writing. In high school and college, if you’d asked me what I wanted to be, I probably would have said a writer. I’ve published three books to the Kindle in the last two years, and I’d like to get one or two up next year. I have hundreds of readers. Really. My novels used to reach maybe 10 people, so this is quite an improvement. That’s real motivation to keep writing the next book. I was very proud to ship this book.
2) The Election. June through November was probably the hardest I’ve ever worked in my life. The election, and my regular jobs as well, were all-consuming. It was a crazy time. I can’t begin to list how much I learned about the political process–and myself–while running for public office. It was an incredible experience. And to come out on the other side of it with a full term on the parks board feels really wonderful. But–what did I “ship?” And yet what a life-changing experience.
3) Speaking of life-changing experiences, this gets to the last big thing of the year, if not the biggest. And that’s the knowledge that come next spring, Mary and I will be welcoming a baby daughter into the family. I know I can’t fully imagine what that will mean for my life next year. But I can feel the changes in my thinking and there’s a lot of preparation for the unknown. And again, the biggest thing of the year … and not really anything “shipping.”