Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Something New

This past year I decided to keep a list of all the new things I did in 2016. If I'd never done it before, no matter how mundane it may have seemed, it got a spot on the list. My hope was that the list would motivate me to step outside my comfort zone and keep me from falling into a rut. I am prone to ruts. Like most people, I prefer to be comfortable, to stick with what I know. While comfort isn't a bad thing, it can lead to stagnation - a situation I hoped to avoid. The world is a wide, mysterious, dark and lovely place, and I've barely scratched its surface. Doing something brand new, for the first time, seemed like a good way to dig a bit deeper. 

In that spirit, here are all the new things I did in 2016. I hope to have an even longer list at the end of next year. 



  • Starting using The DivaCup and became its number one fan. 
  • Met Roxane Gay at UNCW.
  • Gave a Maid of Honor speech at my sister's wedding. 
  • Saw The Residents in concert in Carrboro. 
  • Started budgeting with YNAB and paid off $12K in credit card debt. 
  • Guest-hosted a podcast
  • Voted for a woman for president of the United States of America. 
  • Hosted a breakfast taco baby shower for a dear friend


  • Won a fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center. 
  • Wrote a second novel, this one without any help from an MFA program. 
  • Ghostwrote a medical book for a bunch of money. 
  • Wrote a piece of fiction that was part of a museum exhibit
  • Served as a panelist during UNCW's Writers Week. 
  • Published in MonkeyBicycle, The Boiler, and Necessary Fiction

Did you do anything new in 2016? I'd love to hear about it!