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.
- Instant catharsis (we all cry on)
- Black ribbon, parts one and two
- St. George and the dragon
- The metaphorical rabbit
Whether your 2007 was good or bad, may your 2008 be a better year.