Retrospective Wednesday January 2, 2008, 4 comments

2007 seems to have been a year of polarization. Obviously in terms of geopolitics and economics, but those are subjects that rarely rear their heads at A Rain of Frogs. People seem to have had bad years in 2007 – just a bad year for many. Tragedies, failure to live up to their own and other’s expectations, and general malcontent. These thoughts seem to be prevalent on many of the websites I read.

For me it was both a good year and a bad year, full of ups and downs. But I can’t call it a truly bad year. 2006 was much worse than 2007, which was neither great nor terrible.

For A Rain of Frogs, it was an interesting year. I didn’t write as much last year as in years past, mostly due to a much busier life but partly because I am not seeking as much catharsis from writing as I have done previously. As I said, 2007 wasn’t so bad as 2006.

I did manage to get a few pieces of fiction done. Upon rereading them, I notice that while a darkness seems to have descended upon my writing, I’ve also (I hope!) achieved a clarity sometimes lacking in my previous work. This would seem to be an accurate reflection on 2007, a year replete with emotional extremes but also with more purpose and clarity than I have known in my adult life.

It is my hope that the quality of the pieces compensate for the diminished quantity, but this is for you do decide. Below is a short list of fiction pieces that appeared on this site this year. It is my hope that you enjoy them as much a second time as I have.

Whether your 2007 was good or bad, may your 2008 be a better year.


Comments

sarah Wednesday January 2, 2008


For me it was a real rollercoaster of a year; the best of times, the worst of times, as they say. Except I think that for me, too, 2006 was really the worst of times. And some of 2007 was most definitely the best of times, so on balance I’ll take it rather than leave it.

Adrian Wednesday January 2, 2008


Oh, I’ll definitely take it. Even if 2006 wasn’t there to throw it into sharp relief.

Daniel Black Monday January 7, 2008


2007 was the finishing of a great, scary new beginning for me. Looking forward to the rest of ‘em.

Adrian Tuesday January 8, 2008


Good man Daniel.

You and I will have to raise a glass at some point and toast our new beginnings.

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