Actually, looking back it wasn't a total loss. I polished up and published two mystery novels and have been making slow progress on a third. I also put together a bunch of my blog posts and published a book of observations and opinions -- as if anyone cared. I wrote a couple of stories and sold one of them (so far).
Although I decided to wrap up my editing services this year, I still managed to provide edits to 4 clients and just before the year wrapped up took on a ghost writing job that will keep me busy until June.
While 2020 was the year of local travel and trip cancellations, in 2021, during the lulls between waves we made brief jaunts to both coasts to a cottage in Nova Scotia to see family and to Vancouver Island to visit old friends and walk by the Pacific Ocean. While Europe did not pan out, we did make a quick Christmas trip to Hamilton to visit grand children before the gates came clanging shut again. COVID did interfere with our life at home though as our local New Year's plans ended when the host tested positive and had to stay in Florida.
Current plans call for a trip to the UK in June but Omicron may have other ideas. Or maybe we'll just say la la la, don't look up, hold our noses (to keep out the testing swabs) and make one last mad dash into the world, trailing viral loads like over laden suitcases. OK, the isolation is starting to get to me.
Obi ZOOM Kenobi -- you are our only hope!
I did read a lot this year -- 66 books in total -- a mix of mystery, science fiction, literary fiction, science, history, poetry and writing books. The highlights (in no particular order were: The Reckless Oaths We Made by Bryn Greenwood, Mythos by Stephen Fry, Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donahue, The House of Styx by Derek Kunsken, Essential Poems from the Staying Alive Trilogy edited by Neil Astley and The Ode Less Travelled also by Stephen Fry.
Beyond that, I put in about 200 hours as a member of my condo Board, walked over 2200 kilometers without really going anywhere, played a lot of board games and yes, ate a lot of takeout food (and discovered dozens of new recipes in my own kitchen).
And took some pictures.