Still, I'm trying to highlight the great points of last year. I was granted a sabbatical and started taking classes in an online MFA program. I had 19 acceptances this past year. I got poems published in some great journals. My poem, "Yellowjackets" was published in Ted Kooser's American Life in Poetry series. (Kooser has been a favorite of mine for a long time, so it was quite an honor to be chosen. I also had more prose pieces published, and am looking forward to seeing one of my favorite pieces, "Barefoot by Roadkill" in print in The Briar Cliff Review.
I haven't really made concrete resolutions in the past few years. Last year, I did join the GoodReads Challenge, giving myself a goal of 100 books to read in one year. I actually read 186. That probably seems like a lot, but the reality is that I usually read over 200 books a year. Still, I set myself another modest goal of reading 150 books in 2016.
I would like to write more reviews. I used to write more reviews (both for my personal website and for journals). My last review, a commentary on River Bound by Brian Simoneau, was published in Gravel a few weeks ago. Still, I know that writing reviews is a time-consuming task, and I'm not sure when I will find time in the upcoming months.
This is what is happening: I'm taking more coursework towards my MFA. I am also teaching a brand new course at JCC (Well, the course is brand new for me). For the first time in years, I don't have any poems out on the market, and I really would like that to change. But first, I actually have to write some new poems, and I haven't written a brand new poem in months.
So much to consider.