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The Looming New Year

by baldilocks

Sounds omi­nous, doesn’t it? And it should. Many famous peo­ple have died this year, some from old age, some from long-​term con­di­tions , some from freak acci­dents, and of course drug over­doses. Most heart-​wrenching and thought-​provoking were the deaths of mother-​and-​daughter super­stars, Deb­bie Reynolds and Car­rie Fisher, within 24 hours of each other. But there were some non-​famous deaths as well this year, includ­ing the mother of my Kenyan sib­lings, Jenif­fer Dawa Ochieng (spelling correct).

The Truth is that most famous per­sons are famous for a rea­son. They accom­plished some­thing, if only to make a bunch of peo­ple laugh, cry, or tap their feet, mak­ing them a lot more use­ful than many. And many of the non-​famous, like Jenif­fer Ochieng, accom­plished even greater things— being a lov­ing wife, mother and grand­mother, for example.

Another truth is that we all have to leave this exis­tence; we all have to die. But what do we do in the interim? Live the best lives we can and count our bless­ing. For exam­ple, a friend who works for an air­line gave me a ticket so that I was able to be with my Amer­i­can par­ents for Christ­mas. It was a great bless­ing indeed. (My Amer­i­can par­ents are in good health, but they aren’t get­ting any younger and nei­ther am I.)

And after I returned to Los Ange­les, I got think­ing about my three par­ents, how happy I am to have hugged each of them this year, and what I can do to make them more proud of me. I found an answer.

In my tagline here at Da Tech Guy, I have been promis­ing to fin­ish my sec­ond novel, Arlen’s Harem—first in 2014, then in 2015, then this year. Well, I’ve decided to make a New Year’s Res­o­lu­tion to fin­ish it not just next year, but on Feb­ru­ary 1st of next year. It’s what I’m going to do, hook or crook.

And if I die before I start my third novel, at least I can say to God that I stepped out in faith and invested the tal­ents that He gave me.

What are you going to do in 2017?

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2012. Her sec­ond novel will be done on Feb­ru­ary 1, 2017! Fol­low her on Twit­ter.

Please con­tribute to Juliette’s JOB: Her new novel, her blog, her Inter­net to keep the lat­ter going and COF­FEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Inde­pen­dent Journalism!

baldilocks

by baldilocks

 

Sounds ominous, doesn’t it? And it should. Many famous people have died this year, some from old age, some from long-term conditions , some from freak accidents, and of course drug overdoses. Most heart-wrenching and thought-provoking were the deaths of mother-and-daughter superstars, Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher, within 24 hours of each other. But there were some non-famous deaths as well this year, including the mother of my Kenyan siblings, Jeniffer Dawa Ochieng (spelling correct).

The Truth is that most famous persons are famous for a reason. They accomplished something, if only to make a bunch of people laugh, cry, or tap their feet, making them a lot more useful than many. And many of the non-famous, like Jeniffer Ochieng, accomplished even greater things— being a loving wife, mother and grandmother, for example.

Another truth is that we all have to leave this existence; we all have to die. But what do we do in the interim? Live the best lives we can and count our blessing. For example, a friend who works for an airline gave me a ticket so that I was able to be with my American parents for Christmas. It was a great blessing indeed. (My American parents are in good health, but they aren’t getting any younger and neither am I.)

And after I returned to Los Angeles, I got thinking about my three parents, how happy I am to have hugged each of them this year, and what I can do to make them more proud of me. I found an answer.

In my tagline here at Da Tech Guy, I have been promising to finish my second novel, Arlen’s Harem—first in 2014, then in 2015, then this year. Well, I’ve decided to make a New Year’s Resolution to finish it not just next year, but on February 1st of next year. It’s what I’m going to do, hook or crook.

And if I die before I start my third novel, at least I can say to God that I stepped out in faith and invested the talents that He gave me.

What are you going to do in 2017?

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel will be done on February 1, 2017! Follow her on Twitter.

Please contribute to Juliette’s JOB:  Her new novel, her blog, her Internet to keep the latter going and COFFEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Independent Journalism!

baldilocks