Looking forward to a new year in 1916, which I hope holds more promise for Peace on Earth than 2015!
For me, last year was a difficult one, and not as productive as I had hoped it would be—for many reasons, including illness, preoccupation with selling properties, getting finances in order, and too many social obligations. This year I plan to cut social obligations in half and double the amount of time spent on projects that I want and need to accomplish.
So what are the projects for the coming year? First and foremost, I intend to find a home for a book I’ve been working on for five years now. Its tentative title is Body Wisdom, Body Care, a book about how the body works, how you can best care for it, and how to interface with our increasingly complex health-care system. As a biomedical scientist who taught and did research for over three decades, I was inspired to write this book by family and friends who frequently asked me questions because they didn’t understand something about their health or their medicines or their doctor’s advice. The book is intended for laypeople who want to do the best they can to promote their own physical well-being and longevity.
Other projects on the agenda include promoting other books I’ve written. I’ve slacked off on marketing—partly because I’ve been so busy and partly because I’m not particularly good at promoting myself. But I’ve got to get over that! This will be the year I learn how to market.
Also, I’m pulling together some short fiction for a self-published book on the foibles of science and laboratories. Hope to have that out by late summer. Otherwise, there’s a lifetime of books and photos and mementos and miscellaneous literary efforts to sort through and organize, give away, or discard. That will be the hardest task, and the one I’ll probably put off the longest.
Here’s wishing everyone out there reading this a happy and fruitful year in 2016. My hopes and best wishes go with you!