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2016 was, obviously, a year very much soured by incessant death and the dumpster fire that is American politics. We lost many icons at a time when it feels we need them most. When Bowie died, I said that it fell to the rest of us to be a little more fabulous to make up for it. And now it also falls to us to be brave, and kind, and as true to the things we hold dear as we can be. And to take care of ourselves. The threshold of 2017 is a scary, uncertain place.

Last year wasn't all terrible, of course. I married the best of beasts in February, which was a very smart move on my part. My best friend got married in October, and threw a lovely party full of people dear to me. I finished The Poison Court, which is hopefully the first step in crawling well out of the writing slump that I fell into after Kingdoms of Dust.

I also got a proper anxiety diagnosis last year, and a prescription for what is close to a miracle drug. Going to work is no longer a terrifying and tearful prospect*. Writing is still hard, but I can keep the brain weasels under control when they tell me I'm going to fail. I also finally found a doctor who helped fix the stomach problems I've been suffering for years. So while this coming year may be nerve-wracking, my nerves are better braced to handle it.


Books read (I feel certain I missed something, but I'm not sure what):

The Book of Atrix Wolfe - Patricia McKillip
Ancillary Mercy - Ann Leckie
Coffin Hill Vol. 1 - Caitlin Kittredge
Rites Of Peace: The Fall Of Napoleon And The Congress Of Vienna - Adam Zamoyski
Jane Steele - Lyndsay Faye
The Gods of Gotham - Lyndsay Faye
Kindred of Darkness - Barbara Hambly
Uprooted - Naomi Novik
Seven For a Secret - Lyndsay Faye
The Fatal Flame - Lyndsay Faye
The Scarlet Gospels - Clive Barker
Murder On The Ballarat Train - Kerry Greenwood
Death At Victoria Dock - Kerry Greenwood
Darkness On His Bones - Barbara Hambly
Blood For The Sun - Errick Nunnally
The Green Mill Murder - Kerry Greenwood
Black Light - Elizabeth Hand
Unbecoming - Rebecca Scherm
Available Dark - Elizabeth Hand
Rat Queens Vol. 1 - Kurtis Wiebe
Rat Queens Vol. 2 - Kurtis Wiebe
Rat Queens Vol. 3 - Kurtis Wiebe
The Stone In The Skull (in draft/reread) - Elizabeth Bear
Dark Spies - Matthew Dunn
In The Woods - Tana French
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