For writers, December means tallying up everything you wrote throughout the previous months. It's very daunting, especially because you don't have to do it.
Come the first of the month, and for the next 30 days, every creative I know puts up that "best of the year" blog post. Every website and publication rounds out the stories that made the year--the best artists, game-changers, and the most noteworthy topics--but individuals look back on their own lives with the same traditional vigor.
Every January, we plot out our goals for the year. In December, we see if we reached those goals. Most of the time, at least in my case, we don't manage to get there. I look back at the things I tried to get done this year. I said I was going to do NaNoWriMo, and get a draft of my novel done. I wrote 2,000 words and gave up. Not one of my prouder moments.
But I'm a sad sap that can barely manage to balance a hectic day job, freelance writing, and putting together Postmortem Mag every few months. For every Carli who would rather go on Tumblr than put words to paper, there are ten others who take New Year's resolutions to heart, who are determined and focused, and put effort into something. That's something to write a blog post about. Not what I did. I'm useless.
When I put out the call for submissions for Issue Four, I got more pitches than I could handle. Considering I only publish four or five stories per issue, and I received 30 or 40 pitches, I was overwhelmed, but touched. So many people wanted to tell their story, talk about what they accomplished, mull over what that experience meant. It's what pushed me to actually get this issue out.
We have a filmmaker who wanted to turn pain into art, writers who wanted to take the plunge, a game developer who wanted to make something personal for a good cause, and a musician who traveled the world this year. And it's not only positive. One of our contributors closed down his website this year, but it was an experience he wouldn't change for anything.
People took risks this year. People created and wrote. So they should celebrate.