It’s that time of year again. The time for reflections, for looking back, and then for looking forward.
As some of you know, I began this blog back at the beginning of 2015. It was originally on Tumblr (where it still exists), but I decided to move it over to WordPress later in January 2015. Back then, I was only posting once a fortnight, then once a week, then twice a week … in 2016, there was at least one post on LICFTH every single day, which is an excellent improvement. I’ll say more about what will happen here in 2017 on New Year’s Day – you should expect to hear my voice, as author, reader and individual, more often – but for now let’s take a look back at some of my favourite posts from 2016.
Some of these did not get as much attention as the others, but I am proud and fond of them all.
I’ve picked a short story and a poem from January.
Poem: Prophecy – There’s been a lot of dark poetry on my blog this year (it’s more fun to write!) and this one set the year off nicely for what was to come.
Short Story: The Spooky Shack – Kids love a scare. Adults don’t. That’s what I know about growing up, and that’s the idea behind this story.
Short Story: Magik Book – This story was originally a prompt on Tumblr that I answered in 2015, and I decided to share it here a while later after discovering I still enjoyed it.
I was published again in March, this time in A Bouquet of Verse by ARDUS Publications. My busy writing at the beginning of the year resulted in the inclusion of two of my poems in this anthology.
Poem: Now That We Can Smell – After writing about using smell in writing, I was asked to give further examples. This poem was the result.
Short Story: In Memory – a quick story about two people remembering someone they lost.
Another month, another publication. This time I had both a poem and a short story published in Shades of the Same Skin, an anthology from Creative Talents Unleashed.
No more publications. May was the time when I started to focus on the big change that would happen in my life in late September: my Masters degree. I’ve picked out two poems from this month.
Poem: Akismet Saves the Day – A tribute to the WordPress bot who stops all those spam bots from commenting on my posts, and occasionally likes to list genuine posts as spam too.
Poem: The Raven’s Way – I sat watching a raven bathing itself in the rain and thought about having nothing to write about. So I wrote about it.
My contribution to Shades of the Same Skin was shared on the Creative Talents Unleashed blog in June.
Short Story: Three Wishes – A fun little story (or so I thought at the beginning) about a genie.
Poem: A Child of Two Places – A little ‘who am I?’ life crisis in the form of a poem.
It was difficult to select my favourite posts from July, because it was a great month for the writing on this blog.
Poem: Bombarded by Persuasion – I get fed up of advertisements really easily. But it’s a part of modern life … unfortunately.
Short Story: A Reading – Magic, witches, genies … I continued down the fantasy/occult list with the tarot.
Two poems from August: magic and anxiety.
Poem: Dedicated to the Goddess – White or black magic, depending on your take.
Poem: Demise and Rebirth – A mixture of anxiety about life and anxiety about writing, with a glimmer of *gasp* positivism at the end.
Returning to university was a reminder that – oh – academic writing exists. And it’s a pain.
Poem: Creators – Because parents are the Gods of our childhood universe.
You would think I’d have lots of spooky stories to share for October, but … what was I thinking? Here’s a couple more non-spooky poems.
Poem: Good Guy Pining – Or, alternatively, “Why do women find bad guys so attractive? I held a door open for a woman once!”
Poem: In Days of Innocence – Because the world wasn’t simpler when we were kids, but our lives were.
Again, there was a lot to choose from on this blog for November. I finally selected a poem and a short story.
Poem: The Ravenous One – I used a few different techniques for this one, wanting to create something unusual.
Short Story: Button Eyes – Dolls tend to be creepy, but this one’s just forgiving.
And finally, December. A summary of my blog for this year has shown just how much variety there has been in the writing posted and featured here. Here’s a quick look back at the past month.
Short Story: The Lonely Book – a quick little piece about a book left untouched on a shelf.
Poem: Spider-Lover and Fly-Boy – I saw a spider on a web. Yeah. That’s how this one was written.
Well, what a year! Now, if you’ll excuse me, I do believe there are a couple of Byzantine saints who would like me to analyse how their holiness has been gendered …oh the wonders of academia!