No new year’s resolutions, I promise.

But still the end of one year and the beginning of another gives us all an opportunity to stop and think about what’s been working for us, personally and professionally, over the past year and we start to think about what else we want in the coming year.

I’ve already put you through my new to do list scheme and the personal and professional promises that demands of me, so what more is there to do as we wrap up 2015, a year of considerable ups and downs? How about a little year-end clean up of little dangling bits that have slipped through the cracks along the way?

I’ll start with this here blog. You may have noticed—I haven’t, until this morning—that some of the links you see running along the column to your right are out of date, in some cases linking you to an error page. I’ll clean that up today, so that the links either work and are of use to anyone, or are gone.

If you click on the index page you’ll find that that covers posts through December 31, 2013, making it a full two years out of date. I’ll update that.

My bibliography isn’t exactly up to date either. That’ll be fixed.

Let’s see if we can start 2016 with a nicely refreshed and useful Fantasy Author’s Handbook.

So what else can I clean up?

I have a few of those must-finish projects still in progress, so will need to spend the lion’s share of the next ten days on those, but with a long holiday weekend surely there will be some time to clear out my file cabinet, tidy up my work space, put together January’s to do list using my clever new scheme, and do a few other housekeeping tasks so as to begin the new year with that fresh feeling.

For you freelancers out there, this is not just a good time, but an essential time to review the past year from a business standpoint. I’ll look at finances compared to budget and goals set down this time last year—it’s looking pretty good so far—and reset new business goals for 2016.

What else?

When we put the Christmas decorations back in the garage, that’s a good time to give the whole garage a midwinter once-over.

It just seems to be the time to clean stuff. What does that mean? Am I nesting for some reason?

It just seems like, my own personal War on Christmas aside, I have to do something this time of year that’s reflective in some way. And this last year—the last six months of 2015 anyway—feels chaotic to me, disorganized. And I hate that.

So I’ll do something about it.


—Philip Athans


About Philip Athans

Philip Athans is the New York Times best-selling author of Annihilation and a dozen other books including The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction, and Writing Monsters. His blog, Fantasy Author’s Handbook, (https://fantasyhandbook.wordpress.com/) is updated every Tuesday, and you can follow him on Twitter @PhilAthans.
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