Hello, True Believers!
Where did this year go? I do enjoy the new year. So much so, that I usually celebrate it three or four times a year. It's great. If this traditional New Year's doesn't take off the way I'd like it to, guess what? I've got the lunar new year in February. If that doesn't work, well, there's Rosh Hashana. I can always throw in a solstice or two if need be. The lesson being is, while it's always good to use these times to reflect, to re-energize, there's always an opportunity to start anew, make a transition and choose to move forward.
So the close of 2017 is as good an excuse as any to reflect a bit. It was a pretty productive year for me, personally, professionally and creatively. My kids kept growing into fantastic young adults. My marriage got stronger. I connected and reconnected with the good people I'm lucky enough to call friends. I scored a dream job. I wrote a ton. What more can a man ask for besides a better Star Wars movie?
During 2017, I was able to share three or four stories with you. Looking back, although that doesn't seem like much, given that it saw me wrap up one job, start another with a TON more responsibility and complexity, and manage to deal with shoulder surgery in the middle of it all, I have to call it a pretty productive year.
As the year comes to a close, I'm feeling very grateful. Things worked out pretty damn well. My friends and family graciously give me too much credit, saying I'm tenacious, positive and have a profound resolve to accomplish things. That may be true, but I only have those qualities because I have those good people with me. These people were in my corner with water, towels, ice, bandages, great advice and mostly, the unfailing belief that I could accomplish these things.
Every new year, I don't make resolutions. I set goals and some of them are more specific than others. Those are coming in a post tomorrow.
One thing I will share with you now is a realization I had about my writing. Years ago, I bought the jdmccauley.com domain for the purpose of promoting my literary fiction. And I cranked a lot of it out. But here's what I find: I keep coming back to genre fiction. I love monsters, jet packs, fist fights and flying saucers. That's what I write. It's fun. I'm pretty good at it. Also, for me, it's pretty easy.
The literary stuff takes a lot of focus, energy and digging deep into that dark well. The genre stuff, it just pops. It's a blast to write. It energizes me, helps me blow off steam and I hope, helps you escape from the day-to-day nonsense and inspire you to be the hero of your day.
So, while the occasional literary story may pop up, my vision for 2018 and beyond is that the J.D. McCauley brand is going to be all fun adventure all the time. Why? Because I haven't really found a compelling answer to the question, "Why not?"
Also, I'm not going to hide behind a pseudonym, either. I need to put my real name onto my work. My whole life all I ever wanted to do was post J.D. McCauley to my writing, no matter what it was. So that's what I intend to do.
More about the goals for 2018 in the next post. But I'll leave you with this. The year will see the return of a classic McCauley character. You may already be a fan. You might even guess his name.
Call him Ivan...
A man who loves to write.