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Reflections on 2017: A Collaboration with a Purpose post

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Folks, I am happy to write another blog for Collaboration with a Purpose, this time on the need for personal reflections. As I continue to struggle with a respiratory issue (though I am getting a wee bit better), I’m happy to discuss something that I hope won’t be too controversial…though in this day and age, where people seem to take offense at the drop of a hint, who knows?

So, here’s my take on 2017…ready?


First, let’s talk about the good parts of 2017.

  • I’ve made some new friends, particularly among the bloggers who’ve taken part in the Collaboration with a Purpose group, and that’s a wonderful thing.
  • CHANGING FACES was completed, at long last, and was published in February as an e-book.
  • I realized, not without a lot of effort that I might not have had to put in were I not so hard-headed at times, that the heart can expand to fit wherever it’s needed. There’s always room for another friend, for example…the only trick, if there is one, is to let yourself feel and not censure yourself. (Not that all of your feelings will make sense; nope, that’s too easy. But knowing I can feel deeply again is a very, very good thing.)
  • I edited at least fourteen books, most in the SF&F genre.
  • My story “To Exist within Memory” was published by the Twilight Times e-zine in October, along with a reprint of my poem “Break the Dark Lens.”
  • I played my first musical solo on alto saxophone in over ten years in July, the Isaac Albeniz Tango (with band accompaniment from the Racine Concert Band, of course).

The bad?

  • United States politics was completely frustrating, incredibly vexing, sometimes stupefying, and always, always maddening. I just did not understand much of what the government did, nor why they did it, and wondered just how these people thought they should get paid for doing nothing. (Or in some cases, worse than nothing.)
  • Roy Moore. (See my recent blog on the subject.)
  • I suffered from self-doubt, especially after CHANGING FACES didn’t make much of a dent in the marketplace. I wondered, often, if anyone would ever read what I was writing aside from the occasional blog post, and if not, what my life purpose actually was?

So, it was kind of a mixed bag.

Mostly, though, I’m glad the year is almost over. The good parts of the year outweighed the bad, but 2017 is a year I’ll be happy to put in the rear-view mirror.

Now, go take a look at these other posts from my Collaboration with a Purpose buddies, as they’re all different, all interesting, and all memorable:

Written by Barb Caffrey

December 5, 2017 at 6:58 pm

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  2. Those are some incredible achievements! I’m so happy for you! 😀
    I’m also sorry to hear about your respiratory issues, and I hope it gets better for you soon. ❤


    December 6, 2017 at 1:41 am

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  4. Good to know that you’ve achieved so much this year. Hopefully both you and U.S. will get well soon.

    Author: Sadaf Siddiqi

    December 6, 2017 at 5:43 am

  5. Those are some really amazing achievement. Kudos. Sorry to hear about your respiratory issues. Get well soon.


    December 6, 2017 at 7:11 am

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  7. Barb,
    Thank you for such an honest post! I love this: “what my life purpose actually was?” I think we ALL feel that at times, especially when we work hard and things don’t go as planned. We keep pushing forward and hope that this question will be answered with time. I hope 2018 will be a wonderful year for you. Get well! ❤️

    Ipuna Black

    December 6, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    • Thank you, Ipuna. I appreciate your kind words and thoughts, and I’ll keep trying to get better. 🙂

      Barb Caffrey

      December 6, 2017 at 6:16 pm

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  9. Congratulations on your published e-books. I’m so jealous! I’ve been procrastinating. And editing 14 books, wow! That’s a lot! But take it slow, your health should be your number 1 priority. Hope you get well soon.

    Mylene Orillo

    December 8, 2017 at 11:37 pm

    • Thanks, Mylene. My books are out, which is good, but I’m not selling hardly any. That said, I am glad they’re out…

      Yeah, I’m trying to get better, honest. 🙂 Thanks, Mylene. 😉

      Barb Caffrey

      December 10, 2017 at 3:07 pm

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