Saturday, December 10, 2016

2016: The Year in Review

2016 was not a year for me to accomplish much, genealogically-speaking. Shame on me.

I did have one fantastic personal accomplishment, and that was launching a romance pen name that has soared since day one. It's been wonderful and I'm humbled every day by messages from readers, telling me how much they've connected with my stories.

Initially when I set out to write back when I was a teenager, it was to write fiction and sci-fi, my favorite genres to read. Then I moved to non-fiction, which worked out much better for me. I've finally found my niche and I'm very happy in it. As a result, I've been able to pay off the one debt we had and quit my full-time job outside the home to focus on writing full-time instead.

Now that I'll be home, I hope to have more time to devote to genealogy.

Of course, there is one thing I did this year that is, in my opinion, very important to genealogy.

When I first met Kassie Nelson of Across the Rolling Prairie, she had a vision for a genealogical society. It would be a society that wasn't afraid to discuss issues such as integrity and ethics, inclusivity and the darker sides of our family and world history.

Much of what she said resonated with me and I am honored that she chose me to work with her in founding The Rogue Genealogist.

This members-only, free to join community is open to all and has taken a stance on such issues as gay equality and marriage (pro!), the DAPL (anti!), and more. We've also featured blog posts about Negative Evidence, Records Access, Evaluating History Books, Genealogy Elitism, and a fantastic guest post about Digital Humanities.

It is a pleasure to work with Kassie on this project and we have some wonderful things planned for 2017, such as our first Twitter chat.

I really hope you'll check out our website, Twitter, and Facebook, and let others know we exist!

Meanwhile, I'll get to work on putting together my goals - both writing and genealogical - for 2017. I promise.

Copyright (c) 2016 Wendy L. Callahan