The End of 2020 + Announcement

It’s the last day of 2020 & I honestly can’t believe it. This year flew by even though there were plenty of moments in it that seemed to drag on forever for me. I learned a lot more about resiliency this year, & I’m sure I’m not alone in wanting to put the year behind me.

I don’t have any kind of illusions about 2021 suddenly becoming the greatest year ever. I don’t even have plans or resolutions really. I want to just take each day as it comes. That seems to work out a lot better for me. I do have “loose goals” that involve writing, which books I’m going to read, & which movies & TV shows I finally need to watch. I want to write every day that I’m able, which is what I’ve been doing for awhile anyway. I also plan on submitting more work this year.

Which brings me to my announcement:

I have a poem titled “Staticus” that will be featured over at The Chamber Magazine on January 15th. I’ll be sure to share a link to it once it goes live.
The Chamber Magazine is also currently open for submissions so I encourage you to check them out & see if your writing is a good fit for it. I’m very excited for my first acceptance of the new year.

The Chamber Magazine is open for submissions

I really want to thank all of my friends & readers for being so supportive this past year. It’s definitely been a tough one. (It’s been hard for so many of us.) I’m not going to do any kind of public reflection. I’ve done plenty of it in my journal & it’s just something I’d rather keep private. I’m honestly going to be processing this past year for awhile because I’ve barely even skimmed the surface of everything that’s happened during it. I don’t even know if I’ve allowed myself to properly go through sorting out my feelings of grief, anxiety, & every other emotion I’ve experienced in 2020. I will though. Writing is where I tend to get it all out of me so I’m sure my new work will reflect that.

I’m not planning on celebrating New Year’s Eve. I’m going to treat it like any other day because honestly, that is what it will be for me. My January 1st will most likely look a lot like December 31st. I’m currently maneuvering through everything through the lens of a migraine which I hope lifts from me soon. It’s putting a damper on my reading of “Son of a Trickster” by Eden Robinson & it’s such a good book I don’t want to put it down. But my brain starts screaming at me & I have no choice but to listen to it. I have been watching “The Queen’s Gambit” & I adore it. I found out that it’s based on a book so of course I had to add it to my TBR list.

Rest is at the top of my list for January. Until I feel better that’s what I plan on doing. I learned awhile ago that it’s useless to push myself unless I absolutely have to, & this year, I absolutely had to a few times. I’m still filled with gratitude for my life, & I love everyone in it. Seriously, you all don’t even know how much. I’m thankful for all the publishing opportunities I’ve had in 2020. I’m thankful that I still have faith & hope. I’m thankful for my amazing husband, family, & friends (both old & new). & I’m thankful for you.

Whatever you do for New Year’s Eve, please be safe & please find a way to find peace with the past tumultuous year. Here’s to 2021. Let’s see what happens, eh?

Published by Jennifer Patino