On January 5, 2021, I wrote this:

By the power vested in me by myself, I hereby proclaim 2021 to be the Year of Phil.

This replaces and in all way supersedes the previous attempt at the Year of Phil, which, due to circumstances beyond my control, became 2020 instead.

Fantastic! But then, guess what, due to circumstances beyond my control, the second attempt at the Year of Phil became 2021 instead. So that means, having again been overwhelmed by circumstances beyond my control, we have arrived, finally, at 2022, the third and final attempt at the Year of Phil.

What does the Year of Phil have in store for us all?

Well, apparently you don’t remember from last year, so let’s try it again, and maybe refine a few things in light of a couple of… let’s say… years…

In the Year of Phil I’m going to complete a bunch of projects, both personal and professional, that had been put off for various reasons, not started because of… 2020… 2021… and so on. A bunch of these things, you don’t necessarily care about, like home repair projects and stuff like that.

There are also a bunch of professional things I still can’t talk about because of NDAs and other privacy issues, and so on. Let’s just say I’m going to streamline—and in fact have already started to streamline—a lot about how my little one-man-operation operates so I’m working smarter, more efficiently, and so on. As of today, for instance Athans & Associates Creative Consulting is closed to new editing projects, and will likely remain so through the first quarter of the new year, so I can concentrate on existing projects.

I think I’ve abandoned the idea of online tutorials that was a part of the original Year of Phil Manifesto. I just don’t have the bandwidth to learn how to do that, or the time to maintain them, but maybe a instead of tutorials or online courses, per se, let’s see if I can get back to doing at least online conferences (and I do have one on the books already!) and even some in-person seminars and conferences, COVID permitting.

As for my own writing, I’ve refined my writing goals to a simple line:

Write something of value.

That appears on my to do list every day. And I’m going to really concentrate on that this year, damn it, so I might just be out there with fiction, poetry, more writing on writing, etc. as I move forward with two new publishing imprints from me, Fantasy Author’s Handbook and Af&p.

The health issues that really knocked me back a bit over the course of 2021 are all either resolved or in the process of being resolved. I’m fine, I’m healthier now than I was this time last year, and will continue to improve over this year of not sitting on my ass watching TV and eating candy.

Keep your eyes here and on Twitter (@PhilAthans) for further information on online and live events, book launches… who knows what amazing stuff might come out of the Year of Phil.

And hey, listen, just like 2020 and 2021:

It’s not just the Year of Phil.

Let’s proclaim, by the power vested in ourselves by ourselves, that this is the Year of [insert your name here]. The Year of Everybody.

Write in 2022. Publish in 2022. Expand your horizons in any way that helps, pleases, or excites you in 2022.

We can do it!

—Philip Athans

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And here’s something I did manage to finish and get out there in 2021!

Editor and author Philip Athans offers hands on advice for authors of fantasy, science fiction, horror, and fiction in general in this collection of 58 revised and expanded essays from the first five years of his long-running weekly blog, Fantasy Author’s Handbook.


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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2 Responses to 2022: THE YEAR OF PHIL

  1. garyklinecc2014 says:

    Here’s to the Year of Phil !

  2. Mel Odom says:

    Thanks, Phil! I wish you the best, and I’m hoping for the same myself. I need a good year!

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