December 24, 2013 by Nathaniel Tower
At the end of 2012, I made the claim that it was the biggest and best year of my life. I can’t say with certainty that 2013 was a better year, but it was certainly a bigger year. For me, 2013 was a major transition year. I moved out of St. Louis for the first time in my life. I left the teaching profession and started a new career. Essentially, I started a new life. There were some difficult moments, but it was a great year and I’m very happy to be where I am now.
Here is a brief recap of some of my best moments and my low points.
The Low Points:
- I said a very emotional goodbye to my cross country and track athletes after coaching for nine years (one of them drew this picture for me)
- I lost my backwards joggling mile record.
- I had a case of reactive arthritis that left me limping around with a fat foot and unable to run for over two months.
- I rediscovered what it was like to drive in rush hour traffic
- I didn’t write anywhere near as much fiction as I wanted and failed in my goal to complete the Write 1, Sub 1 program.
- I was named the Missouri Coaches Association Girls Cross Country Coach of the Year
- I finished my coaching career (for now) with a 3rd place finish at the State track meet, including a first place 4×400 relay that ran the 3rd fastest time in state history
- I made a decent amount of money through my writing and received my first advance check for a short story collection
- I expanded Bartleby Snopes Literary Magazine into a press and published 3 flash novels in print
- I drove back to Jefferson City to watch my former cross country team repeat as state champions
- I saw Sigur Ros in concert for the first time (been waiting 10 years for this)
- I completed up to Chapter 33 in my serial novel Misty Me and Me and cracked the JukePop Top 10
- My record for Longest One-Armed Plank while Juggling Two Balls was named an honorable mention for the 2013 record of the year by RecordSetter.
So what’s in store for 2014? I’ll be posting my goals in a few days. I’m hoping for another great year with lots of writing, juggling, and laughing.