They say you should start the New Year off the way you want the whole year to go so here I am, checking off my first to-do of the year.
Looking back at 2016 as a whole, it’s easy to see a year of ever increasing gloom. But progress was made. It always is, and always will be, especially in the face of grim prospects.
On a personal level, 2016 ranks as one of my most productive. A strange thing to write since it was the first year in almost a decade that I didn’t release anything. I worked on many things, but none of them were shared. So what about 2017?
I’ve been considering my 2017 schedule for the past few weeks and I’ve closed in on what I think is achievable within the next 365 days. It’s a lot of work. A lot of hard work. But I have some pretty ambitious goals.
I planned on having this out in 2016, but clearly that never happened. It started the year as one of my priorities, but other projects came along and it ultimately fell by the wayside. In early October, I returned to V5 and read through what I’d written, fully intending to continue where I left off, but, well… it wasn’t any good.
V5 was always going to mark a departure in the series, but what I’d written wasn’t up to the quality I needed to pull it off well. And to be frank, it isn’t something I’d be proud to release—even if it doesn’t have a price tag attached to it.
Every year, every story that I write, I push myself to do better. I learn something new every time I complete a story. V5 felt like two steps backwards. West deserves my very best and this time I didn’t deliver, so I decided to step away.
My 2017 schedule is full with other projects, but completing and releasing V5 is paramount. Unfortunately it isn’t a job I can rush out in a few months, but it will be finished, and I’ll be proud of it when I do.