As I’m sure most of you will agree, 2016 was one bitch of a year.
Not only did we have to deal with numerous celebrity deaths and the crushing disappointment of a presidential election hampered by an increasingly antiquated process (not to mention both the media’s coverage of the candidates and the arrogance of third-party millennial voters), but I suffered personal losses as well.
I didn’t really speak publicly about this, but my mother’s death in August affected me in ways I couldn’t before conceive. Then there was the jinxed jaunt to Los Angeles over the Thanksgiving holiday, during which I was the victim of bank fraud. And I was beginning to feel a whole lot less fulfilled personally and professionally.
All of this, of course, was reflected in my creative output. That is to say, there was none. I’d not written a book, a screenplay, a song, nothing. The closest was an article about my T-shirt collection I’d written for the New York Post.
And my long-in-the-works novel Hollywood Whisper (fka Truffle Butter). Yeah, that’s still kaput.
So it’s safe to say that 2016 was not a banner year for the literary aspirations and successes of Jay Fingers.
But hey, 2017 is here! New year, new me — isn’t that what the kids say these days?
And with the dawn of this new year I’ve already been more productive than I’d been in the entirety of 2016. I’m working on a screenplay, which I’ve got to say I’m very excited about, and I’ve got ideas for another three in the works. Also, I’ve got a couple of novel ideas — not ideas that are novel (although I hope they are), but ideas for novels. And finally I’ve got one huge trick up my sleeve — but that’s something that won’t be revealed until much later this year.
So, for now, I’m going to concentrate on my current projects. I’m going to try my best to update this blog more. And I vow to not let the failures and frustrations of last year thwart my plans for productivity and success going forth.
Here’s to hoping your 2017 is also off to a great, productive, and positive start!