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My Word of the Year: Forward

I noticed something at the beginning of this month, which was a trend of people picking words for the 2017. Like a mantra.

I didn't pay a lot of attention to it at the time, although it seemed like a good idea; I didn't think I'd be able to pick just one word to encapsulate my hopes for the entirety of the coming year.

That being said, one word picked me.

FORWARD

What exactly does that one word mean? It means that I will—and must—constantly keep moving forward. I cannot dwell in the moment, good or bad, because I have to think about the next moment, and what is more important: being caught up in the present or what's to come?

That also means that I must examine what I am doing in the moment and determine if it's going to help me move forward. Am I writing, working on that next book? Working on the administrative side of things? Engaging in needed self-care? If it's not important, then I shouldn't be spending time on it.

That means staying off of social media, at least for the most part. I can't afford the distractions—and let's face it, regardless of the side of the political spectrum you fall on—these are very distracting times. I try my best to keep my libertarian views to myself, but it gets harder and harder when you read the news and what everyone posts to their feeds. I think it's best if I just stay out of it and stay in my own, fictional world with my Comets.

And I do have a lot to look forward to. My first signing event is coming up in March! If you're in the Pittsburgh/Washington, PA area and are interested in coming out on March 4th and don't have your tickets yet, get in contact with me! You can PM me on Facebook, DM me on Twitter, leave a comment below, or e-mail me. I have two pairs of tickets to give away! I want to make sure they go to people who can actually attend.

And if you are attending and are interested in leaving with one of my paperbacks, then make sure to pre-order them using this form. I'll only be bring a limited number of books with me to sell, so you have to pre-order to guarantee your copies!

I hope to see you there!

Jay

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