This Is It…

How’s it going? This is it…

The last day of 2015.

Has it been a good year for you? Excellent? Ho-hum? Or somewhere between good and sucky?

Anyway, I’d like to review my year–and I did. It was a good exercise for me, because when I have my nose stuck to my laptop, metaphorically of course, I tend to forget what’s going on, or went on, beyond RIGHT NOW/THIS SECOND/TODAY.

And reviewing helps to stop that, and made me realize that I’m extremely grateful for a lot of it. And for one thing in particular (more on that later).

In 2015, I:

Finished up my first management gig, and started my second one

Wrote two sets of emails for a long-time client to sell a monthly membership for software training, one for new customers and one ahead of time for the current ones to get in early

Completed three developmental edits (a book on how to run nonprofits, a book on effective job search techniques, and a book on networking aimed at job seekers)

Bought my Acer laptop, which I love, metaphorically again, and has opened so many doors for me it’s totally crazy

Wrote two motivational articles for an acquaintance/business friend of mine who manages a Christian ministry that combines hard science, history, and the Bible (didn’t know how I’d do on that one, but my biz friend liked the material–hope it did well)

Completed my first copyedit for a long-time client of mine that I do developmental editing for (basically completing the cycle of everything that they do from a book/publishing standpoint–except for marketing and design, I’ve had my hand in every other aspect; very cool)

Started a fourth developmental edit for a project I’d never done editing for before–a cookbook

Got to see two cousins on opposite sides of the family get married (not to each other), and also a son of good friends of our family–one of the only weddings I’ve ever been to where I knew more than ten people

All right. That’s about it for the rocking. But a review wouldn’t be complete without some of the sucky parts too:

My grandpa passed away in January–my last grandparent, who’d given me a watch chain, and liked to crack unexpected jokes (most of which seemed to involve realizing how to watch out for/avoid bad people and situations, and most of which I can’t/maybe shouldn’t repeat)

A distant cousin of mine passed away from cancer–and I didn’t know I’d gotten it wrong; it was three weeks, not two, from the date of his diagnosis

I learned recently that my uncle’s mom passed away last week–this is new, and hurtful for him, definitely; and me too, even though I didn’t spend a lot of time with her–she was no-nonsense, extremely funny, and very talkative

I totally flubbed an email project working in the stocks/day trading niche–the client offered to train me, and I went the wrong route, trying to unlearn, or put aside, almost everything I’d learned about copywriting and emails previously; it was a huge disaster, and I know he ended up looking for another writer, even though I followed up after the project was over asking how we were going to proceed, and received no reply (all of which I’d like to post on soon)

I submitted two pieces of fiction for consideration to online mags this year–both were rejected, but I usually manage at least 5 times more submissions per year than that

All right, so what’s the point? Preening? Plumage? No (although being a bird might be cool).

Life has ups and downs, and since most of it is the same things over and over, things have to be adjusted, dealt with, or what-have-ya.

And a yearly review is good–something to help you realize that yes, you’ve gotten things done, yes,  you can do better, and sure, you can analyze things to change direction if you need to/want to.

Which is why I talked about a strategy (here and over here, too) that I’m using to be more productive on my own projects, instead of spending all my time on client stuff.

I want you to see parts of my life that relate to writing, fiction and emails, and what-have-ya. Even the parts that I don’t like–nervous client interactions, rejections, running in circles like a headless chicken of sorts…

Because that’s real. It’s not all rainbows and kitty cats (or sunshine and puppy dogs–whichever).

Before we close out, I’d like to tie this all together. The thing I mentioned I was grateful for at the beginning of this post, among many others, is…


People who read this blog. Who comment, or follow me. Any interaction here is appreciated, and this blog wouldn’t be the same without you. It’s been a great two years so far, and a lot of you have made that possible.

Thank you.

Tomorrow is January 1st, 2016, and the first Triple F of the New Year. Be sure to stop by.

Until next time,





About Ty Mall

Thanks for stopping by. I've almost always been interested in writing, among other things. Along with discovering pop culture, I've uncovered a lot about the craft over the past 10 years. And whether you're a fiction writer or email copywriter, I'm here to pass on what I've found out. And have a ton of fun in the process.
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